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    Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to unlock... (XPPro)

    My company laptop has just started a new behavior.

    After a few moments (perhaps 5 minutes), of inactivity, a Windows dialogue is presented with Computer Locked in the title bar. The Windows XPPro logo is in the upper half and the gray section (lower half) states: This computer is in use and has been locked. Only "me" or an administrator can unlock this computer. Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to unlock this computer.

    I use a broadband connection and login to the "company" using a VPN. Is there a setting that I can adjust to quit using this feature? Or is this something that the administrator has done? If the latter, I may have to explore a way to keep the laptop "active" so it won't fall into the locked state.

    This feature would make sense if i worked in an office where security could be an issue, but I work from home... and this feature is just a pain.
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    Re: Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to unlock... (XPPro)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by DaveA on 01-Aug-05 17:25. Added image)</P>Check your settings in your Screen saver, it may be set to ask for a password.

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    Re: Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to unlock... (XPPro)

    Thanks Dave, but that's not it. The screensaver is set to none. Oddly though, the Wait: <font face="Georgia">10</font face=georgia> minutes is grayed out and cannot be changed. Also, there is a check mark in the On resume, password protect box. It too, is grayed out and cannot be changed.

    I'm thinking that the sys admin has probably made some global changes to company laptops. I'll check with my peers to see if they are having the same experience.

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    Re: Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to unlock... (XPPro)

    With a remote connection the administrator can configure a whole lot about the PC. You need to check with the IT folks at work.

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    Re: Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to unlock... (XPPro)

    Many large organisations enforce the locking of the workstations after a period of time for security reasons. I think you will find it is your IT admin that is responsible.

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    Re: Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to unlock... (XPPro)

    This type of setting is usually enforced by Group Policy Objects (GPOs), see this article for further information.

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    Re: Press Ctrl-Alt-Del to unlock... (XPPro)

    In your case, security is even more of an issue to the corporate network. Since you use a VPN, your computer is actually part of that network, just like you were there,inside all the firewalls and other protections from the "outside." For instance, if someone were to gain access to your unlocked computer and manage to install a destructive virus, that problem could much more easily spread to the corporate network through the VPN.


    If in fact, your system has been set to lock on a resume from standby by your administrator, then I would be careful about trying to avoid it. Deliberately trying to contravene a security safeguard is problaby a violation of your company's policy on computer usage.

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