The option to increase my computer’s lock-time is grayed-out

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I am facing an issue in which the option to increase the wait-time for my computer getting locked is unavailable or grayed out as shown in the screenshot. One of my friend said that it might be due to a Virus in my computer. I’m on Windows 7 Enterprise OS.

Can someone suggest any patch or fix for this problem.

 

Thanks in advance !

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The option to increase my computer’s lock-time is grayed-out

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No this is not due to any anti-virus software and is due to the group policies. You can follow the following steps to enable it, but to do it you must login to the machine using a user that has “administrator” rights.

First option is to download the “Enable Screen Savers.reg

The browser will ask you to save the file. Press “Save” and save it to your “Desktop”. Next you have to right click on the downloaded file and click on “Merge”. Next click on “Run, and “Yes” (for Windows 7) or “Continue” (for Vista, “Yes” again and “OK” when prompted.

Now open the “Screen Saver Settings” window to apply. If its already open close and re-open.

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The option to increase my computer’s lock-time is grayed-out

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Hi Carlos,

The problem faced by you might not be necessarily due to a virus intrusion. Sometimes the windows registry values get corrupted due to some contradicting software installed in your computer.

So please try these steps to manually configure the PC locking time in the registry editor.

A)   Click on Start menu –> Open the Run prompt, type Regedit, click on OK

In Registry Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindows

Then click on Control Panel

Click on Desktop

Double click on  ScreenSaveTimeOut.

Type in how many seconds (60 seconds = 1 minute) you want for how much user idle time must elapse before the screen saver is launched, then click on OK. (see screenshot below)

Click on OK. Now you can have a check on the screen saver option regarding the wait time it will change as per the given time in the edit settings

900   = 15 mins

1800 = 30 mins.

3600 = 1 hrs

And so on  u can change the wait time as much as u want.

Arseno

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