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Windows Server 2003 will lock the screen after ten minutes of idle time. In a production environment of course, this is NOT a problem.

Using Windows in a development environment, I don't need to protect anything from anyone. I want to minimize my chances of carpal tunnel by avoiding the hassle of entering my password every time I want to see what's up on the Windows machine.

How can I stop the screen being locked after this idle time?

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I debated that before posting, you are totally right, BUT this is related to my development work on a Coldfusion application. This answer is valuable to me as a developer :) – Robb MacLean Oct 1 '11 at 17:26
I need to wait 8 hours to answer my own question, but it's on the way in 8! – Robb MacLean Oct 1 '11 at 17:36
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The Solution

Some or all of these things will prevent Server 2003 from locking the screen after idle time.

Goto Start > Run and type gpedit.msc

Once it comes up go to computer configuration go to: Windows > Settings > local policies > security options

From there you will see the require Ctl-Alt-Del setting. Disable it.

Next find the one that says “Amount of idle time required before suspending session” and change it to its maximum value 99999.

THIS ONE is the definite fixer:

Control Panel -> Display -> tab: Screen Saver -> checkbox: On resume, password protect

Un-check that.

Dear Microsoft, thanks for putting that into "Display Properties > Screen Saver" instead some place named "Security Options."

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To be fair, that options has existed on that screen for over 20 years, before Windows even knew what Security was. – Mark Henderson Oct 28 '11 at 3:40
Fair enough! I'm sure it would be equally annoying for long time windows users if they moved it too. – Robb MacLean Nov 16 '11 at 18:12
The “Amount of idle time required before suspending session” solved it for me and I was able to change it while in a remote desktop session.. thanks – Kody Brown May 31 '15 at 16:48

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