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Is there anyway to prevent Windows 8 from cutting off the audio when it locks?

My power plan settings are to shut off the monitor after 10 min and never put the computer to sleep.


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Shutting the monitor should not lock the computer nor should locking the computer shut the audio on your system. I attempted this test on a virtual machine using the default installation settings for Windows 8 using a standard user with regular user permissions. – Ramhound Feb 7 '13 at 15:14
It does though. The audio is coming from a browser though, I wonder if that makes a difference. – Tom Feb 11 '13 at 18:29

I have found the answer to this. It is caused by an advanced power setting controlling the timeout of the console lock screen.

You have to perform a registry edit to enable the option to be controlled by the Advanced Power Settings GUI.

To enable the setting under Display for Advanced Power Options, do the following registry change under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\7516b95f-f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc99\8EC4B3A5-6868-48c2-BE75-4F3044BE88A7

Change Attributes from 1 to 2

From there change the Display -> Console Lock Display Off Timeout setting from its default of 1 minute to 0 for never, or whatever setting you desire.


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