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Microsoft Windows XP Secrets and Tips by Zac

Zac is one-half of the team that brings the Village to you.
He has become the county's Microsoft Windows XP resident guru, and will be sharing some of his hard-earned knowledge with us all.

His column is updated every weekday, or thereabouts, so check back often for new secrets and tips.

How can I configure the grace period that Windows uses for password-protected screen savers?

By default, when you activate a password-protected screen saver, Windows provides a brief grace period during which keyboard and mouse activity will stop the screen saver and let you access the system without having to enter the password.

To modify this grace period, perform the following steps:

1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).

2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon registry subkey.

3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD Value.

4. Enter the name ScreenSaverGracePeriod, then press Enter.

5. Double-click the new value, set the "Value data" to the number of seconds (from 0 to 2,147,483) that you want to use for the grace period, set the Base type to "decimal", then click OK.

6. Restart the machine for the change to take effect.

Do you have some Microsoft Windows XP tips or secrets to share or have a question?

You can Write to Zac!.

Include your first initial and last name and put the word WINDOWS XP in the subject.

I'll try to use your contribution in a future column.

(Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)

A NEW Microsoft OS with all its tweaks.

Ain't if FUN!!!!!!


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