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I have recently installed Service Pack 2 on my Windows Server 2008 machine (which I use actively for development, and i'm always logged on to).

Now, after this installation, when I don't use the machine for some time (let's say, 10 minutes), it locks itself so I have to press Ctrl+Alt+Del and log back in.

I have already checked the Screen Saver settings, and it's "None", as it always has been. I also looked into power settings and everything looks right (20 mins to turn off monitor, and i haven't found any settings regarding locking me in there).

Do you have any idea what I can do so that it won't lock me out after not using the machine for a while?


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You might have better luck with this at serverfault. –  Joel Coehoorn Oct 5 '09 at 23:09
Thank you. Is there a way for me to move it (like you guys can if you close it?) –  Daniel Magliola Oct 5 '09 at 23:09
i'd leave it open here, some powerusers may run into a similar issue using Server2k8-as-Workstation –  quack quixote Oct 5 '09 at 23:52

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Check the group policy for your account.

  • type gpedit.msc into the start search box and hit enter
  • navigate to User configuration -> Administrative templates -> control panel -> display
  • Change screen saver to disabled, and screen saver timeout to a high value just in case.
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Thank you! ____________ –  Daniel Magliola Oct 6 '09 at 2:10

What worked for me, was similar to the above...

In gpedit, navigate to Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options -> Microsoft network server: Amount of idle time required before suspending a session

then reset the timeout to the desired value in minutes.

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