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    Activate Screen Saver (Windows XP)

    Hi,

    How can I activate my screen saver (which is password protected) from my desktop? Or taskbar (shortcut button)?

    Thanks,

    Lana

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    Re: Activate Screen Saver (Windows XP)

    See the thread starting at <post:=569,441>post 569,441</post:>.

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    Re: Activate Screen Saver (Windows XP)

    Thanks, Hans, I tried to find an earlier thread, but am not too good at wording searches. I'll get it set up right now.

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    Re: Activate Screen Saver (Windows XP)

    Well, I spoke too soon perhaps. I now have the shortcut on my desktop and it works beautifully, HOWEVER, I need it to be password protected (teenager addicted to game playing) so no one can log on without the password. When I activate the screen saver from the shortcut it doesn't prompt for a password, just goes meekly back to whatever is on the screen. Any pointers?

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    Re: Activate Screen Saver (Windows XP)

    Have you selected the option to show the welcome screen on resume, and have the requirement to enter a password from the welcome screen? If not, I don't think you can have 'password control'.

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    Re: Activate Screen Saver (Windows XP)

    Hi Leif, yes I have the screen saver control set to 'on resume, password protect' and it works fine when the screen saver launches itself after 15 minutes. When I use the desktop shortcut to the .scr file, however, it bypasses the password screen. Doesn't seem logical somehow does it? My screen saver option doesn't have the option precisely as your screen shot showed - no 'welcome screen' option. Maybe there's another way to activate the screen saver manually, seems like years ago I used to activiate it myself and it would still prompt for the password upon resume. Been too long to remember how I did that and/or windows may not offer the same functionality any more.

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    Re: Activate Screen Saver (Windows XP)

    See JSI Tip 0302 - Activate a password protected screensaver from an shortcut, batch, or via the scheduler (this link is mentioned in the first reply in the thread I referred to).

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    Re: Activate Screen Saver (Windows XP)

    Okay, Hans, it is now working. Although (never can be just toooooo happy), it does not password protect for about 6 seconds. If I knew how to adjust that setting I would do it. In the meantime, I think it will serve my purpose just fine the way it is. Thank you much. Lana

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    Re: Activate Screen Saver (Windows XP)

    You can change this using TweakUI for Windows XP (a free download from Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP).
    Under Logon > Screen Saver, you can set the so-called 'grace period'. See screenshot.

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    Re: Activate Screen Saver (Windows XP)

    Just curious, but, what happens if you change the screensaver to one that is not password protected ?? Do you get the option that Leif's screenshot showed back ???
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    Re: Activate Screen Saver (Windows XP)

    You might also want to consider a neat little third party utility, Screensaver Control. Is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and useful at other times, like when doing system maintence and scans to stop your screensaver fro activating at inopportune times.
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    Re: Activate Screen Saver (Windows XP)

    Hi Hans,

    Thank you yet again. I downloaded the Tweaks and changed the time to 0. It now activates just fine.

    Lana

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    Re: Activate Screen Saver (Windows XP)

    Hi Doc,

    I tried to change to screen saver selection just to see, but the password protection stayed the same. Thanks for the tip about the free program.

    Lana

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    Re: Activate Screen Saver (Windows XP)

    Password protection is just another way of saying what Leif had in his post. It just means that Windows user authentication will be required when the user resumes the session.

    Joe

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