Windows 10: What is Dynamic Lock and How To Turn it On

Dynamic Lock is another new feature introduced in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002 designed to lock your PC automatically while you are away. You already have the options to lock your computer either manually by pressing Win+L keyboard shortcut or automatically through Screen Saver Settings right now. But Dynamic Lock is designed to make this process more fluid and easier for the end users.

The setting is disabled by default. To enable it, go to Settings app, Accounts, and Sign-in options. Then slide on the switch in the Dynamic Lock section.

Dynamic Lock locks your PC automatically when it detects that you are not around. It’s not clear how the feature works and what Windows will look to determine people’s presence. It could be simply just a rebranded version of the Screen Saver Setting or through a more dynamic way by utilizing a supported hardware such as a¬†webcam.

According to WindowsCentral, it could be called Microsoft Goodbye internally. If you look at the registry key that reflects this setting, it’s indeed called EnableGoodbye under the following location.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Also, the WalkingCat on Twitter hinted that Dynamic Lock could just be the same as Windows Hello’s Proximity Look.

But whatever happens behind the scene, Dynamic Lock is a good piece that strengths up the security of the device, especially in a business environment. You may already have a Group Policy setting pushed down to force all workstation to lock itself up after a period of time of inactivity regardless of the user’s presence but have Dynamic Lock would make it even better.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 01/19/2017

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