How to change Windows 10 Lock Screen Timeout Period

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  1. this is fantastic advice! why would windows not think to make this a standard option, i.e. POWER CONTROL for WINDOWS ‘LOCKED SCREEN’
    This was really frustrating, i run 3 amps through HDMI all air play , i like to lock the screen and control sound via remote, however when the computer locked it would turn display (HDMI) off – therefore killing the sound to the amp, whilst the other amp runs fine…

    Thanks heaps the long way to turn on ‘Useful , functionality’ haha

  2. Does the lock screen have a separate setting for turning off the hard drive also? My hard drive seems to turn off and on during the lock screen, even though power settings are set to never turn off the hard drive.

  3. Wow! I am a novice and after struggling with several attempts to follow other advice from the net I followed yours and it worked first time. I am so grateful for your help which has enabled me to get rid of one (of the many!) annoying things in Windows 8

  4. I too have been plagued by this problem (locking screen). Your advice seems to be the best & only solution out there. I only have one problem with it: I am not tech savy, unlike others on site. I need step by step directions to get to the above part of the registry editor. Also please instruct on how to change for all uses of this computer in my family (** most important) and if possible for individual user (if one user wants separate settings)

  5. It doesnt work for me 🙁 when i change 1 to 2 it says”Cannot edit Attribute;Error writing the values new contents”

  6. This doesn’t work with my Windows 8.1 , I only got “Turn off display after” and “Enable adaptive brightness”. The key under 7516b95f… looks all different here, only two entries.

  7. Works but……..There seems to be a maximum value that works. I’d like it to be an hour, but when I set it for an hour the displays never turn off. If I set it for a smaller amount of time like 10 minutes it works fine.

  8. Windows 10.0.16299

    I was trying to get my screen to lock (requiring a password for re-entry, for security/privacy) as opposed to merely having the screen itself turn off. So I was intrigued by the hidden setting described in this post. But it doesn’t appear to do anything. Or maybe I’m misunderstanding its purpose. It sounds like the screen should lock, requiring your password to get back in. But the screen doesn’t, in fact, lock.

    Anyway, on another Q&A page, there was a different answer: Go to the Screen Saver dialog (which is buried in Settings > Lock screen > Screen saver settings. Set the Wait time and check “On resume, display logon screen”. That locks the screen after the chosen time elapses!

    So, what is “console lock display off timeout” supposed to do?

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