Windows 10 – How to Change the Lock Screen Timeout

Do you find your Windows 10 machine to be timing out too early or too late? By default, the screen on for the operating system to lock the user out due to inactivity is just under one minute. For some, this is too fast, and there are others that even want the screen to turn dark and lock the user out in an even faster time (which is great for when you share your device with children). If you want to change this, there is a simple way to do it, but you do have to do a bit of tweaking inside the operating system’s Registry.

Windows 10 - How to Change the Lock Screen Timeout

Change the Lock Screen Timeout in Your Windows 10 Machine

Step 1 – In order to change the lock screen timeout for your Windows 10 machine, you need to do a bit of tweaking within your computer’s Registry so that the option will appear within its power options. But before making changes to the Registry, as a rule of thumb, do avoid making changes to any other portions within the Registry unless you really know what you’re doing. Thus, do create a Restore Point first if something goes wrong, or you can do a backup of your files first. Once those are done, then we can move forward.

Step 2 -To open the Registry Editor, click on the Start menu and typing in “regedit” without the quotes. It should automatically appear under the Best match category. Click on it or hit on the Enter key on your keyboard. Make sure to give it permissions to make changes for your Windows 10 computer.

Step 3 – When inside the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key using the left sidebar: HKEYLOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\7516b95f-f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc99\8EC4B3A5-6868-48c2-BE75-4F3044BE88A7. When you click on this key, head to the right-hand pane and double click the “Attributes” value. Doing so will open its properties window.

Step 4 – By default, it should say “1” within the Value data box. Change that to “2” and hit OK. These are the steps to do in order for the option to appear within the power settings of your computer.

Step 5 – Now, when you head to the Power Options in your Windows 10 PC, click on the “Change plan settings” link next to whatever plan you’re currently using or the plan that you want to edit. In the new window, click on “Change advanced power settings.” In here, head on to “Console lock display timeout” and change the lock screen timeout for your computer. The entire process is a bit lengthy to do, but you won’t have to do it all over again once the option is already there.


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