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  1. pooh said:

    this is great! thanks

    December 20, 2007
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  2. said:

    Hi there, we have been using this and its a great solution, however, when playing a film, it still locks after the set time (is that really idle). Is there a way to change this?

    January 26, 2012
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  3. Ryan said:

    Hooray for not having to use an actual screensaver or put the system to sleep like everyone else suggests. This is also working on Windows 7. However, I’m not getting the same problem as Nigel. While playing a video with windows media player, the system will not lock. When the video is complete, the system goes idle and will lock at the set idle time. Thanks Jason.

    February 20, 2012
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  4. Jeff said:

    A better way than this is to ignore the screensaver all together.. Everything since Windows XP supports idle time in scheduled tasks (maybe win2k) so that is the way I chose to do this..

    In Group Policy, navigate to User ConfigurationPreferencesControl Panel SettingsScheduled Tasks and then create a new task called “Lock When Idle” or whatever. (note the LockWorkStation is case sensitive)

    (Task Tab)
    Action should be Update

    Run: rundll32.exe
    Arguments: user32.dll, LockWorkStation

    (Schedule Tab)
    Scheduled Task: When Idle
    Start Time: blank (should be grayed out)
    When the computer has been idle for : 30 minute(s) (or whatever idle time you want)

    (Settings Tab)
    Uncheck it all

    (Common Tab)
    Uncheck it all

    Apply this policy to the users you want to lock. Alternately you can apply it to workstations and enable Group Policy Loopback Processing for this policy as I did so that it is not assigned to servers when ever someone logs in to one.

    June 28, 2012
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  5. Scott said:

    Does this work with Windows 7? I am not having success with it.

    August 30, 2012
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  6. Daniel said:

    I like all the tips.

    We have screen saver set for 1 min but would like to have a domain Group Policy to be set to lock the computer after 10 minutes. The screen savers will be used just so people looking over someone after a min will clear the screen. The other will lock the computer if they for get it.
    I have the screen saver part working with GP and disabled the user for accessing it but need the lock out. It will be really hard to deploy the task manager part of it with a script since not all user will log in at the same time or place every day.

    October 8, 2012
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  7. Rukmal said:

    This is what i was looking for!

    Thanks !!

    October 26, 2013
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