Change Screen Saver Grace Period in Windows 8
How to Create the ScreenSaverGracePeriod Registry Setting
The scenario: you set a Windows 8 screen saver to lock your screen after say 10 minutes. You are sitting by the computer and see the screen saver activate. You wiggle the mouse but it's too late, your machine is locked.
Your wish: In this scenario wouldn't it be great to move the mouse and dismiss the screen saver instead of having to type in your password? Well, by setting ScreenSaverGracePeriod in the registry you can get your wish.
Launch the Windows 8 Regedit
* Many registry tweakers advice using a DWORD here, but Guy says NO; in Windows 8 stick with REG_SZ (String value).
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Recap: we have created a delay between the time that the screen saver appears and when it actually locks the computer. During this interval, you can waggle the mouse to unlock the computer.
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The lock screen is a useful security feature in the office or on the road. However, if you are using a laptop in your home then it's useful to have extra time to choose to wave off the screen saver. While you could disable the Windows 8 lock screen by setting the screen saver as 'None', you may want to stop other members of the household using your machine if you leave the room.
I have described the Windows 8 ScreenSaverGracePeriod setting, however, you can use it for bypassing the screen saver locking in Windows 7 and older Microsoft operating systems.
Summary of Windows 8 ScreenSaverGracePeriod
There are times when you are still in the room that don't really want your machine's screen saver to cut in. You need a grace period before the Windows 8 computer lock screen appears, try this handy registry hack to get your wish.
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Microsoft Windows 8 Registry Topics