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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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Disable screen lock on too many wrong PIN guesses?

My little children keep playing with my locked PC and guess the PIN multiple times. Eventually the screen locks out and requires a restart. There's the A1B2C3 safety pass which I don't mind, but the ...
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Windows 11 Home: Windows Hello and Delay Lock Interval

Am I correct to conclude that if I want to use a fingerprint for sign-in to a laptop using Windows 11 Home, I have to enable Windows Hello; and by doing that, I no longer can have any control over ...
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Did Windows change the login screen behavior to explicitly prevent typing in a password until the screen is fully initialized?

In older versions of Windows (at least Windows XP, maybe as late as Windows 7), I used to be able to wake up the computer from sleep (by moving the mouse or hitting a key on the keyboard) and then ...
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Can't increase screen-lock time beyond 15 minutes on a Windows 11 system

Using a Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 running Windows 11 (upgraded from Windows 10 a few months ago). The device used to be connected to the Active Directory we use at work - after the employer allowed ...
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notify-send messages sent from a systemd unit delayed

There's an active systemd service [Unit] Description=Launch the screenlock daemon service PartOf=graphical-session.target After=i3wm.service [Service] Type=simple ExecStart=env screenlock-daemon ...
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Can I install any Windows 11 driver from Windows lock screen?

Is it possible to perform manual installation of any driver while staying in lock screen in Windows 11 or a full access to the system is required in this case? I have restored my system from an image ...
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How did the language on the lock screen change to Chinese?

On my Windows 10 Pro, the lock screen language switched to Chinese and then back to English on its own, even though I made no changes: Why did this happen?
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Windows Spotlight to show images from a specific country for a lock screen?

How to make Windows Spotlight only show images from a specific country for my lock screen?
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Linux screen lock sometimes fails after lid close/open

I have Ubuntu Lunar 23.04 on Lenovo Yoga 7 14''. When I close the lid, the system goes into suspend, as expected. Then on open, screen lock pops up, with a password prompt. However sometimes after ...
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Windows 10 Thunderbolt Multi-Screen Lock Issues

I've been using this thunderbolt dock for the last 6 months, no problem. I've got it plugged in to my laptop, using the laptop's screen as the main screen. For some reason, the signal became unstable (...
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Unable to unlock screen under lightdm in XDMCP configuration

On my setup, whenever the screen gets locked, I cannot unlock it anymore. I tried all three known(to me) implementations: light-locker xfce4-screensaver xscreensaver. Special on my setup: it's a ...
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Win11 -- Screen saver no longer working since update

Note: This thread is about Screen Saver functionality. I rely on my screen saver to turn my computer into a picture frame (it goes through a folder of photos). This worked fine for years. I think the ...
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Force Windows 11 to not use PIN for login? (Password login option is missing)

I have a Windows 11 pc that has a PIN on it that I do not remember setting, but this normally would not be a problem as I know the password for the computer. However, the password option is missing ...
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Change lockscreen clock color windows 11

I was trying to change windows 11 lockscreen clock color, I searched and was hoping could find some registry edit to do so, but could not find anything :( any idea?
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WINDOWS LOCK SCREEN: Unable to refresh via Commandline

I'm trying to publish a LockScreen company-wide and I was able to achieve it by applying the settings under the registry 'HKLM:\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization' and it worked as ...
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What is the command to lock the X screen without blanking the display?

Years ago (decades?), I used a command that turned the mouse into a padlock icon and prevented clicking or typing, but you could still see the programs that were running. You could blindly type your ...
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How to make a keyboard shortcut that's usable from behind the KDE lockscreen?

I have a CLI command that I can use to turn toggle the power to my monitor for my media PC. I'd like to be able to use this even when the PC is locked. I'm okay installing a daemon like xbindkeys, but ...
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Where is lock screen image saved on windows 10? [duplicate]

I need to format my disks and reinstall windows but I want to keep image i used for lock screen. I have no idea what i typed to google so maybe this image is somewhere on my pc. I deleted original one
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xset s timeout cycle does not stay set

I'm running Ubuntu 23.04 (Lunar Lobster) with Regolith (i3 window manager). I have been trying to set xsecurelock as the screen locker. OK, tons of background now: If you and add this line to ~/....
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How to lock on lid close in MacOS

I want to play music over Bluetooth while the lid is closed, and I want the laptop to lock when the lid is closed. I'm able to prevent my MacBook from sleeping on lid close with sudo pmset -a ...
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RDP Session after lock timeout is blurry with no logon ability

I have built a headless Windows 11 Pro client and use Remote Desktop to access. When the lock timeout occurs, I have a blurred lock screen with only the accessibility and disconnect icons, no ability ...
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Clicking Lock Screen in settings closes settings with error

I am trying to change my Lockscreen image. So I right-click the desktop and choose Personalization from that right click menu. Then I am in the settings window, but on clicking Lock screen an ...
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Windows 11 screen timeout - no lock though

I've set the screen on my laptop to turn off after 20 minutes, like in the screenshot. I would expect that this results in a lockscreen, requiring me to enter the password when I return. Just now I ...
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Screenshot of desktop despite lock screen?

Do you know how to make a screenshot of the Windows desktop (and not the lock screen) while lock screen is active? Technically it must be possible since for screen recording there is this solution ...
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Windows 10 blue screen instead of background image

so I have Windows 10 Pro and I configured an image to all cases (Background image, lock screen, etc). But from time to time when I come back to my PC after a night I didn't touch it, I see a blue ...
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How to setup windows 10 to lock screen only when NOT connected to home network?

Is there a way to setup lock screen with password, BUT only when I'm not connected to my home network? The intended use-case would be that my laptop would always be unblocked when I'm at home, but ...
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How do I change Windows Lock/Login Screen fonts? What options do I have for resetting them?

Somehow, the font on the Windows Lock/Login screen changed, and I can no longer sign in to any user on that device because it simply resets to the Lock screen. My best guess on the specifics is that ...
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Turn off Windows screen without locking screen in Windows 11

I usually have my computers set up to require a login after waking up from sleep or hibernate, but I don't want to enter a password if the screen is just turned off, either from a timeout or if I ...
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Stop Windows logging me out and closing all of my apps on sleep

Window 11 is logging out when my computer sleeps due to inactivity. At least I believe that is what's happening, as all of my apps are closed when I unlock the screen. If I intentionally lock my ...
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Eliminate Bing as Lock Screen app

I see options for changing the Lock Screen to a picture or a slide show in the "Personalize" popup; what I'd really like to be able to do is see the pretty pictures but not have them use ...
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Geographic locations where lock screen photos in Windows 11 were shot

Some of the photos in Windows 11 lock screen are so beautiful that I would like to travel to these places once in my lifetime. However, I can't find the locations where these photos were taken. In the ...
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How to change SystemData folder properties?

I foun the pathway in What is the location of lock screen images on Windows 10? What is the location of lock screen images on Windows 10?, which retrieved to [C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\...
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Prevent locked screen to be activated by mouse - Windows 10

I use my laptop to listen to online radio. During this, I don't need / want an active screen, so I lock the screen with Win + L. The screen goes blank, but later gets reactivated regularly. As I ...
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Windows lockscreen shows image but no information

I am aware that this question has been asked before, but the relevant questions are two or more years old. I have tried all those 'solutions' to no avail. I am seeing the Lockscreen image, but NOT the ...
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What to do when my machine is locked, but the desktop is showing?

Sometimes, on my Xubuntu 22.04 laptop, I'll unplug the dual monitor, leave the machine, and then attempt to log back in without plugging the monitor back in. Due to an unknown fault, this sometimes ...
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Where does my old laptop store my lock screen picture? [duplicate]

My old laptop had a favorite family photograph as the lock screen image. The laptop has been superseded by a newer model but I can't find the original image anywhere. I've fired up my old laptop and ...
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Cannot find the reason lock screen still pops up after inactivity (Win 10)

I'm running Windows 10 Home (build 19044.2006) on Asus UX481FL and the lock screen always pops up after inactivity timeout. Screen Saver Settings > "On resume, display logon screen" is ...
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How to change Windows 10 lock screen timeout?

Problem: My computer has recently begun to lock itself after ONE minute. It's not the screensaver, it's not the stand-by mode, it's the lock screen. (Win10 Enterprise, 21H2) Things I've tried: I have ...
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How to avoid Windows Hello Face to look for you after locking

I have setup Windows Hello Face (WHF) and it works well. I have GPO Do not display the lock screen policy enabled so that I don't have do anything to get to the desktop when starting my machine. Here ...
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How to disable lock-Screen "Sign in Screen" when waking up from Hibernation in Windows 11?

How to disable lock-Screen "Sign in Screen" when waking up from Hibernation Windows 11? I tried every way on Google, but none of the methods works, I am asking when waking from Hibernation, ...
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Windows 10 will not turn off display when screen is locked

Is there an option to turn off the display while the screen is locked? I do not want to turn off display based on idle time as the "Power & sleep" settings allow. I do not want the ...
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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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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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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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