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Locking the computer screen prevents others from viewing or using it without unlocking it through a specific act.

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How to LOCK computer after 'x' amount of time right after log on

Although there is a VERY similar question : How to lock my computer after a certain amount of time from login? I don't think that it is suiting my needs. I need my computer to lock NOT SHUTDOWN. What ...
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Forcing lock screen image not working

I want to force the same lock screen image on every user. I selected the image I want with group policy Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control ...
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What causes remote desktop connection attempts to hang and then local Ctrl+Alt+Del to be ignored? Workaround without reboot?

I have a Windows 10 Pro machine running Terminal Server. I always have a single logged in session and never logout (only disconnect). Every so often it gets into a state where client RDP connections ...
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How do I change the lock screen using a batch file?

I know how to change a lock screen image using the personalization settings. I have a room full of computers which are re-imaged regularly, over which I have no control, so I looking for something ...
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RDP into Windows Server 2019 stuck on "Unlock the PC" screen

I need to RDP into a Windows 2019 server. Occasionally, when my RDP session is closed or times out I will be prompted with an "Unlock the PC" screen after attempting to reconnect. From this ...
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Kubuntu (KDE) Lock Screen Slideshow with Multiple Monitors - Different Image On Each Monitor - Feature Gone with 20.04

I set-up Kubuntu 18.04 Screen Locking with Wallpaper type: Slideshow. And it randomly displayed photos from my Pictures directory. A great feature, which I didn't expect, was that I got a different ...
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How do I unlock a Windows 10 RDP session (not the console)?

I am RDPing to a Windows 10 Pro machine. Some file transfer is set running and left to do its thing. Once the machine has locked the only option available is to disconnect the session and then ...
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Why does my computer lock up whenever I'm away 1 minute?

I have used laptops with Windows 10 for years, and only now that I'm starting to use a higher line of laptop, still with Windows 10, am I having trouble with it locking up as often as I walk away for ...
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Can I customize the pointer size, color, etc. on the Windows 10 Home lock/logon screen?

I'm running Windows 10 Home ver. 21H2. I've customized the pointer and cursor size and color for my user account. Can I do it for the lock screen?
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Windows 10 - LockScreenImagePath set to to 'current wallpaper' value

Is there a way to change the Windows 10 registry value of LockScreenImagePath and LockScreenImageUrl in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PersonalizationCSP to 'current ...
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How to start/open command prompt from lock screen without signing in?

Hi guys I'm wondering if it's possible to open windows command prompt from a locked windows 10 computer. I tried using recovery mode to open cmd but it required me to sign-in first. Any help would be ...
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Windows boots fast but loading screen on lock screen stays for long time

So my Windows 11 boot time is pretty fast(6.5 seconds). But there is a problem. Whenever I start my system, it boots fast, but when I enter the password it takes atleast 8-10 seconds to go to the ...
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Windows 11 lock screen slideshow always *starts* with the same picture

Under "lock screen" settings, my "Personalize your lock screen" is currently set to "Slideshow". The slideshow works, but only sort of: The slideshow always starts off ...
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Screen doesn't awake with mouse movement and requires key press

I set the screen timeout to 5min, so after that time the screen turns off. Sleep mode is disabled, so the screen turns off but the computer is still running. My problem is that instead of just the ...
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Make Windows PC blur my screen instead of showing the lock screen image when I lock it

Is it possible to make my Windows 10 PC show whatever is shown on my screen blurred at the lock screen?
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Windows spotlight in Windows 10 Education

I have Windows 10 Education installed in my laptop (version 20H2) and I am not able to enable windows spotlight as the lock screen background. The only options in the bar are Picture and Slideshow. ...
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Cannot get Weather widget to display on lock screen (WIndows 10)

I am currently running a Windows 10 Pro desktop machine (21H1, build 19043.1288) and cannot get the Weather app to display detailed status info on the lock screen. I have configured the appropriate ...
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Calendar as Lockscreen/Wallpaper

I'm looking for a magic way of having a daily or weekly calendar as a lockscreen wallpaper or desktop background on my kids' laptops. I know if they have to screen capture Outlook and update it ...
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How to lock Windows 10 screen without turn off?

Is it possible to lock screen without screen turn off? For example, here is my settings: I wanna automatically lock screen after 5 minutes, but display should not off (only after 30 minutes). I ...
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win 10 lock screen timeout stuck at 1 minute

I use win 10 version 21H1 (Build 19043.1083). I had my lock screen timeout at 5 minutes, working fine. Then I took an online proctored exam by PearsonVue and needed to install OnVue software, which ...
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Windows 10 - disable sleep/hibernate on working hours

Google searches lead to guides regarding how-to complete turn-off the sleep mode on Windows 10. But these are not what I'm looking for. I am working on 2 machines, but I would like to keep these 2 ...
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Prevent Windows 10 from going to sleep on lock screen

How can I prevent Windows 10 from going to sleep on the lock screen? I want the screen to stay on forever on the lock screen without moving the mouse. This would be easy to achieve if I was signed in ...
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I get an error message after my laptop sleeps, before login appears

I am running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on on Dell XPS 15 9500. When I shut the lid and sleep the machine, I get a black screen with error messages for a little while but eventually the lock screen and log in ...
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Change time between screensaver-start and screen-lock

When the screensaver starts there are a couple of seconds I can tap any key and stop the screensaver without the screen becoming locked, despite having the on resume, display logon screen-checkbox ...
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How can I find out what is preventing the screen from locking?

My wife's computer with Windows 10 won't honor the screen timeout settings in Settings/Power and Sleep. Specifically, what happens is that the screen blanks for less than a second and then the screen ...
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Is Windows safe from BadUSB/Rubber Ducky on lock screen?

If there’s computer with the login screen on, will plugging BadUSB/Rubber Ducky infect PC? Or is it only possible when you log in to Windows?
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Will 'mouse.bat moveBy 1x1' keep the screen from locking in an RDP session if it's run under a different user?

I'm using this Mouse.bat batch file to keep my screen from locking after 15 minutes (it's enforced by Group Policy). I have it set as a scheduled task to run every 10 minutes and it works with my ...
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How can I allow the screen to auto-lock when virtualbox is focused?

On my linux (ubuntu 20.04) workstation i usually have a virtualbox VM with windows 10 running, to get access to some work-related things. If I accidentally leave the virtualbox window focused it ...
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Reboot Windows 10 gracefully while screen is locked (REISUB for Windows 10)

I have a Windows 10 laptop. When I am at home, it's connected to and external monitor via HDMI. Today I needed the laptop with me in the city, so first I disconnected all the cables, and then I sent ...
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Windows 10 Logging Me Off Every 5 Minutes

I know that there are many similar questions on here and on other sites (trust me... I know...) I have been battling this for a while now and I simply cannot figure out why it is still logging me off ...
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Windows 10 lock screen always shows 'Please wait' message other than correct string

Windows 10 lock screen message always shows 'Please wait' instead of corresponding message (i.e 'Welcome', 'Shutting down', 'Restarting'). There are no stuck while the 'Please wait' message shows up, ...
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Windows 10 Display Won't Sleep/Turn Off (Tried Everything!)

There are many posts about the display not sleeping when idle. It will not turn off after inactivity, neither from the desktop, nor from the lock screen. I've tried everything!? This is on a PC (not ...
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How to disable the lockscreen /extend timeout windows 10

So I think if I disable all non-microsoft services (which also disconnects me from the internet) the console lock display timeout/system unattended sleep timeout finally stops locking after 2 minutes ...
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Windows10 lock screen keeps changing on its own

My Windows 10 lock screen picture keeps changing on its own to this picture of Nicki Minaj. Does anyone know what is going on or if there is a way to trace which process changed my lock screen? ...
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Windows 10 on my Dell 7410 keeps locking itself when im idle for a few minutes

After about a minute, the screen dims, and another minute later the screen locks itself. This happens even while i am in a meeting or watching a video when im not moving my mouse. All while the laptop ...
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From the terminal, how do I determine the date/time for the last time Windows was locked or unlocked?

I press WinKey + L every time I physically leave my computer, for basic security. When I come back, I enter the short Windows password and press Enter to go back into my desktop. (This is not "...
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Prevent remote computer from locking screen after timeout

I'm connecting from a Windows 10 Pro machine at home to another Windows 10 Pro at work. After doing nothing for 5 min the work machine goes into screen lock. I can't change the timeout because the ...
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Lockscreen shows black screen on Kali linux multimonitor setup

In Kali Linux 2020.3 with XFCE4 installed whenever I lock the screen on my 3 monitor setup I get a blank screen. However if I type the password in blindly, it logs me in, altough it doesn't work 100% ...
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GPO to turn off the screen/display but NOT lock the computer at the same time in Windows 10

I've recently set-up this GPO policy in AD: Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > System > Power Management > Video and Display Settings > Turn Off the ...
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How can I make Windows screen timeout settings permanent?

My Windows 10 screen timeout settings are always: Screen: On battery power turn off after 5 minutes. When plugged in, turn off after 10 minutes. Sleep: On battery power, PC goes to sleep after Never. ...
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Disable playing audio when locked

If I'm playing a video (for example on YouTube) and put my computer in sleep mode, when it wakes up, it will keep playing audio and display the video title in the corner despite it being locked and ...
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Windows 10 Goes to Lock Screen after 1 Minute

Issue: This began a few days ago and I am struggling to figure out what is causing my Windows to jump to the lock screen after 60 seconds of inactivity. Each time, the lock screen appears and ...
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Gentle Restart or Shutdown from win10 lockscreen on startup

I have recently noticed while booting up my PC sometimes it has said no display signal (I have 2 monitors and I can't seem to get any connection from them when it does this) and simply pressing the ...
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How can I make Windows 10 ignore all keyboard and mouse input for the next X seconds?

I just spilled a whole cup of coffee all over my keyboard and desk. After cursing the situation, I pressed WinKey + L to enter the "lock mode" state of a Windows PC, where the only thing shown (at ...
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In Windows 10, how do I boot directly into the login screen? [duplicate]

In Windows 7, booting up took you directly to the Login Screen where you could immediately start typing your password. By contrast, Windows 10 (or perhaps 8) introduced an intermediate Lock Screen ...
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xfdesktop error after inactivity "None of the screen lock tools ran successfully, the screen will not be locked"

I user lightdm and xfce on my laptop. It's a new installation. Every time the screen turns off from inactivity (or close the lid), I would see the lightdm login screen. However, after I log in, and ...
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When I lock my computer, some sort of macro is run. How do I find the offending program?

Problem: Frequently (~5%) of the time, when I lock the computer (win + L), the computer goes to the lock screen then the "Project" window (w + P) is displayed almost immediately, followed by: When I ...
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Windows sometimes forces me to ctrl + alt + del to unlock it

When I unlock my home PC, I often get in a situation like this: background is the current windows lock screen image no text like "press ctrl+alt+del" no field to type my password if I click or press ...
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I keep on getting logged out after X minutes inactivity on Windows 10 Professional

My dashboard PC that running Windows 10 Professional keep log-out after several minutes of inactivity. I have done the following: Disable Screen Saver Power Setting set all to never Enable AutoLogon ...
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Change lockscreen wallpaper on Xfce Kali Linux

After a lot of failures while searching for a solution in the net I am setting this again, this time for Kali 2020.1 release. I have tried: Changing the images path referred in /usr/share/images/...
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