Locking Windows 10 Computer Automatically

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Windows 10 has a new feature called Dynamic Lock that automatically locks your device while you are away. But not all devices are equipped for a paired device that you can carry all the time. For those not capable of using Dynamic Lock, setting it up automatically Lock your Windows 10 computer through Group Policy is a good way to go.

Open Group Policy Editor, head over to the following location:

Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options

Double-click the policy called Interactive logon: Machine inactivity limit on the right, and put in the number of seconds of inactivity before locking the machine down.

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Obviously, this only works on Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise edition. For other edition, you can use the registry trick instead.

Open Registry Editor, go to the following registry key:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

And add a new DWORD (32-bit) Value called InactivityTimeoutSecs, then set the number of seconds of inactivity as its value.

Unfortunately, the policy or the registry key is new only in Windows 10. For Windows 7 computers, the old-school trick by using the screensaver still works flawlessly.

Open Group Policy Editor, go to the following location:

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization

Then set up for following policies accordingly:

  • Turn on Enable screen saver
  • Enable Password protect the screen saver
  • Set the Screen saver timeout
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