How can I disable the automatic locking on idle mechanism in Windows 8? I have tried:

  • Disabling screen saver and screen saver "lock on resume" --> done
  • Disable lock on wake in power options --> done

I still cannot find a solution - it seems to lock after some period of inactivity.


This is NOT A DUPLICATE - the answer and question marked as duplicate are both unrelated to the question. The question is to disable auto-lock not to disable the screen before the password entry.

marked as duplicate by Mokubai Jul 16 '15 at 22:19

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  • Search the web for program called "caffeine", it simulates mouse movement and/or key presses periodically in order to fool windows and prevent locking. It's not perfect though. When you select some text with a mouse, when it kicks in, it unselects the text, so you need to select again. Also, in some terminal windows (e.g. PuTTY), it types a character shown as ~. Anyway, lacking other solutions, this could be sufficiently good – xorcus Oct 3 '14 at 7:04
  • The existing duplicate (superuser.com/questions/398015/…) was not completely relevant so I have pointed it at a more appropriate duplicate. – Mokubai Jul 16 '15 at 22:22

Open run command box by pressing enter image description here + R keys simultaneously. Type gpedit.msc in the box and press Enter key.

  • On the Group Policy Editor, expand Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel and then click on Personalization.

  • Now, on the right pane, double-click on Do not display the lock screen to enable or disable this feature.

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    I don't want to disable the screen before the login, I want to disable the automatic locking. Does this do this? – Christian Stewart Jul 18 '13 at 16:33
  • In this case you could try this answer superuser.com/a/1107767 – Ionut Jan 3 '17 at 14:19

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