Password protect the screen saver

Determines whether screen savers used on the computer are password protected. If you enable this setting all screen savers are password protected. If you disable this setting password protection cannot be set on any screen saver. This setting also disables the “Password protected” checkbox on the Screen Saver dialog in the Personalization or Display Control Panel preventing users from changing the password protection setting. If you do not configure this setting users can choose whether or not to set password protection on each screen saver. To ensure that a computer will be password protected enable the “Enable Screen Saver” setting and specify a timeout via the “Screen Saver timeout” setting. Note: To remove the Screen Saver dialog use the “Prevent changing Screen Saver” setting.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Control Panel -> Desktop # ScreenSaverIsSecure

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Control Panel -> Personalization


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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