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WINDOWS 10 POWER USER TIP

How to
change
Lock
screen
timeout
before
display turn
off on
Windows
10
BY MAURO HUCULAK
Friday, Sep 30, 2016 at 7:00 am EDT
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If you like to see the


images and apps
status on the Lock
screen, but the display
goes black in about a
minute, then use this
guide to change the
Lock screen timeout
setting on Windows 10.

On Windows 10, similar


to Windows 8.1, the
operating system
features a Lock screen
before you sign in to
your account. The new
experience showcases
date and time, quick
status for apps you
choose, and more
importantly a
background image,
which typically, users
opt to display personal
pictures or those from
Windows Spotlight.

While the Lock screen


provides useful
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pictures, you probably
noticed that your
computer's display turns
off after 60 seconds
when you lock your
Windows 10 account.
This happens even if
you change the power
options to never turn off
the monitor or never put
the computer to sleep.

The reason is that by


design, the operating
system includes a
function that detects
when the device is
locked and waits for 60
seconds. After the time
expires, the computer
screen goes black. This
is a function, which for a
mysterious reason,
users can't customize in
Control Panel or the
Settings app. However,
you can modify the
Registry to enable a new
option in the power
settings to change the
time to anything you
want.

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In this Windows 10
guide, we'll walk you
through the steps to
tweak the Registry (or
Command Prompt) to
customize the operating
system should way until
turning the display off,
which will give you more
time to see the
background, status, and
interact with Cortana on
the Lock screen.

How to change the


time when the
display turns off
when your PC is
locked

How to change the


Lock screen
timeout using
Command Prompt

How to
change the
time when
the display
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when your
PC is locked
Important: Before
diving into this guide, it's
worth noting that editing
the registry can be
dangerous, and it can
cause irreversible
damage to your system
if you don't do it
correctly. It's highly
recommended to make
a full backup of your PC
before proceeding.
You've been warned!

1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command, type regedit
the registry.

2. Browse the following path:

HKEYLOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSet
f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc99\8EC4B3A5-6868-48c2-BE75-4F3044BE88A7

3. On the right side, double-click the Attributes DWORD.

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5. Click OK.

These steps only


enabled the option on
Windows 10 called
"Console lock display off
timeout." Now the only
thing left to do is to
customize this option to
any time you want. To
do this, use these
instructions:

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key + X keyboard
shortcut to open
the Power User
menu and select
Power Options.

2. Click the
Change plan
settings link for
the selected
plan.

3. Click the
Change
advanced
power settings
link.

4. On Advanced
settings, scroll
down and expand
the Display
settings.

5. You should now


see the Console
lock display off
timeout option,
double-click to
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default time of 1
minute to the time
you want, in
minutes.

7. Click Apply.

8. Click OK to
complete the
task.

Once you complete the


steps, you can test the
new settings by locking
your computer
(Windows key + L
keyboard shortcut), and
now the screen shouldn't
turn off until the time you
set expires.

At any time, you can


revert the changes by
following the previous
steps, but this time, on
step 4 change the
registry value key from 2
to 1.

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change the
Lock screen
timeout
using
Command
Prompt
The beauty of Windows
is that you can configure
the same feature in a
number of ways.
Alternatively, you can
use the PowerCfg.exe
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To change the Lock


screen timeout using
Command Prompt, do
the following:

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 1. DELL
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key + X keyboard
shortcut to open the
Power User menu
and select Command
Prompt (admin).

2. Type the following


command and
press Enter:

powercfg.exe
/SETACVALUEINDEX
SCHEME_CURRENT
SUB_VIDEO
VIDEOCONLOCK 60

Important: You
must change "60"
in the command-
line with the
timeout time you
want to use, in
seconds. For
example, if you
want the screen to
turned on for 5
minutes, then you
need to use 300 at
the end of the
command.

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command and
press Enter:

powercfg.exe
/SETACTIVE
SCHEME_CURRENT

4. Use the Windows


key + L keyboard
shortcut to lock your
PC and see if the new
settings work.

The command
mentioned in step 2 will
work when your
computer is using AC
power. You must
replace
/SETACVALUEINDEX
for
/SETDCVALUEINDEX if
you want to change the
timeout setting on your
laptop or tablet running
on battery.

It's worth noting that


while changing the
Registry settings is an
advanced task, during
my test, I have found
that sometimes using
the
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expected, but it's an
alternative.

On the other hand,


changing the Registry
worked perfectly, and
after making the tweak, I
can simply go to the
Power Options settings
in Control Panel and
adjust the Lock screen
timeout without having
to use any commands.

More
Windows 10
resources
For more help articles,
coverage, and answers
on Windows 10, you can
visit the following
resources:

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know

Windows 10
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tricks

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jayruguitar

Great tip!

 1 year ago REPLY   0

Lampros Light

are you kidding, lockscreen is useless


for me. it doesn't display any
information, and windows highlight
doesn't work at all. moreover I don't
want to put a password on my
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num lock every time i start my pc.

 1 year ago REPLY   -3

Sarang68

Tried this?
https://www.cnet.com/how-
to/automatically-log-in-to-
your-windows-10-pc/

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 1 year ago REPLY

Lampros Light

Yes I have on my laptop but


it works kinda funky. On
settings i already have
selected never but with no
success....

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 1 year ago REPLY

Jessicator

Actually, with the


Anniversary Update, if you
use PIN for sign in, it'll let
you use the numbers on the
keypad regardless of
whether Num Lock is on or
off. As for displaying
information, there are apps
that will let you customize
what is shown on the lock
screen. And if you don't want
to type a password or PIN,
it's a lot safer to use
Windows Hello (face, iris, or
fingerprint recognition). And
with face recognition, it
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happens so quickly that you'll
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barely even nitric the lock
screen when you sit down.

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F3rzz

the numblock ignoring is for


the latest 2 insider fast i think

btw: i finally don't get


annoyed at startup with my
laptop, it's way better and
wish it had been
implemented from the start.

my vaio bios is almost


unmodifiable (aka ******) so i
couldn't change the default
status neither.

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 1 year ago REPLY

Sarang68

The problem I am having is i cant get


the lock screen to show the status of
my apps, although I have chosen
them in lock screen settimgs. But if I
lock the screen then they show up

 1 year ago REPLY   1

tchaikie

The problem is that for every walk-


around that users figure out, MS
blocks it in a later update. I really don't
get the reason why disabling lock
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option for users

 1 year ago REPLY   0

Willem Evenhuis

Why not make this a feature request?


And why are control panel settings still
not part of settings settings?

 1 year ago REPLY   0

Tariq Saleh

What about Windows 10 Mobile

 1 year ago REPLY   -1

AbhiWindows10

Why would this apply to


mobile where battery life is a
priority?

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 1 year ago REPLY

Tariq Saleh

For example, you are using


continuum and you want to
change the screen time out
for more than 5 min

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 1 year ago REPLY

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sheldon cohn

My probllem is with Windows 10


mobile not the PC. The black screen
really comes on at a bad time,during
phone calls and listening to voicemail
for example. Receiving text
messages I don't see who is sending
the message until after the entire
ringtone plays. Incomeing calls, I don't
see the caller information until the
ringtone plays 3 times.

 1 year ago REPLY   0

Qimqim09

Have u ever tried to hard


reset it??

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 1 year ago REPLY

thejollygiraffe

Sweet!

 1 year ago REPLY   0

Habibul_Habibullah

Don't know why you assume everyone


has a keyboard for shortcuts... Bought
the Surface couldn't afford the
keyboard

 1 year ago REPLY   0

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