Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Changing the Lock Screen Screensaver
Using the policy is easy. To enable it, follow these steps:
1. Open the Start screen, type secpol.msc , and press Enter.
2. When the Local Security Policy editor loads, navigate through Local
Policies and then Security Options.
3. Locate the Interactive Logon: Do Not Display Last User Name policy.
Right-click it and select Properties.
4. On the Local Security Settings tab, select Enabled, and then click OK.
5. Close the Local Security Policy editor and you are finished.
If you don’t have SecPol.msc in your version of Windows (only Professional
and higher versions do) you have to set the registry key manually:
1. From the Start screen, type Regedit , and hit Enter.
2. Navigate through HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, SOFTWARE, Microsoft,
Windows, CurrentVersion, Policies, and then System.
3. Right-click dontdisplaylastusername and select Modify.
4. Set the value to 1 and click OK.
As soon as you log off, the new lock screen settings appear.
Changing the Lock Screen Screensaver
If you turn on your computer and let it sit at the lock screen long enough,
eventually the screensaver appears. You can tweak this setting so that the screensaver
that you want to see instead replaces the boring Windows default. Unlike
changing your screensaver for your account when you are logged on, it is possible to
change the logon screen screensaver setting only by using the registry. With
the help of a few quick registry hacks, you can fine-tune the screensaver that
is displayed and other settings, such as the screensaver time-out value that
determines how long the computer is inactive before the screensaver is activated.
Follow these simple steps to customize your logon screensaver:
1. Start the Registry Editor. Open the Start screen, type regedit and hit Enter.
2. When the Registry Editor starts up, navigate through HKEY_USERS,
.DEFAULT, Control Panel, and Desktop.
3. First, you need to tell Windows the logon screensaver is active. Right-click
the Desktop key and select New and then String Value. Name the value
ScreenSaveActive . Next, set the value to 1 by right-clicking it and
selecting Modify. Enter and click OK. 1
4. Set the amount of time the system should wait after the last activity
is detected before starting the screensaver. To do this, right-click the
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