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Windows 7: Buggy screensaver - Doesn't lock

08 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7
Buggy screensaver - Doesn't lock

I can't figure out what's wrong with the screensaver settings. I've got it set to come on after 10 minutes, and I checked the box to display the lock screen or whatever it is where you enter your password to log into Windows...but it doesn't work right.
During the day, if I walk away from the computer, when I come back, the screensaver will be running and when I move the mouse to wake it up, it shows the lock screen like it's supposed to do... But at night after I've left work, I have no idea what it's doing... When I come in in the morning, I move the mouse and voila, already on my screensaver, no lockscreen...just my desktop staring me in the face.
This is really irritating me because I have sensitive materials in my files, so I need to make sure this thing locks up when it's supposed to... We have a night shift working here, so I can't have this thing wide open for them to get into.

I'm not sure what the deal is--if it's a bug or if I did something wrong. The only difference between day and night is during the day I leave my monitor on, but when I go home at night I click the power button off. I'm "assuming" that even with the monitor powered down, the pc will still wait 10 minutes and then launch the screensaver/lockscreen--but I'm not sure if that's the case. Like I say, I have no problems during the day when the monitor's on.

Anyone have any suggestions or comments? They just upgraded me to 7 and I'm not happy with it at all--all kinds of buggy stuff it does that irks me...But this is the biggest complaint I have.


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08 Aug 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello b.b.7, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm not sure why it works during the day and not from over night when resuming from the screen saver.

Here are a couple of things to double check:Hope this helps,
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09 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7
Thanks :)

Hey, thanks Shawn...I use the lock command before I leave at night, and it works like a charm
That other stuff is checked too--ss password protect, and required password on resume/wakeup... Can't figure out what the bug is, but as long as I can lock it myself I'm gold..
Thanks again
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09 Aug 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

You're welcome. I'm glad that'll work for you. If you like, you might see if either tutorial below may help using Lock easier.

Lock Computer - Create Shortcut


Lock Computer - Add to Desktop Context Menu
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10 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7

Ooooh, now that's awesome!!! Def going to do that...Nothin like making life easier for myself.haha

Thanks so much
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10 Aug 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

You're most welcome.
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