Stop Locking My Computer After 15 Minutes Of Inactivity! (For Windows Server 2003 at least)


This will make your computer (at least one running Windows Server 2003) never lock after inactivity and not require ctl-alt-del to login in. It may be similar for Windows XP too.

Here’s the answer:

  1. Goto Start>Run and type gpedit.msc
  2. Once it comes up go to computer configuration go to Windows>Settings>local policies>security options
    (For Windows XP you’d go to: Windows Settings>Security Settings>Local Policies>Security Options)
  3. From there you will see the require Ctl-Alt-Del setting. Disable it. (I’m not sure if you need to do this and this isn’t shown here in Windows XP.)
  4. Next find the one that says “Amount of idle time required before suspending session” and change it to its maximum value 99999.

I found part of this answer here.

It was quite hard to to locate this gem of information on the web but here are all of the searches I tried:

  1. “this computer is in use and has been locked” #The message I want to not see
  2. disable “this computer is in use and has been locked”
  3. “Server 2003″ lock after time
  4. “Server 2003″ auto logoff after set time
  5. “Server 2003″ locked

2 Responses to “Stop Locking My Computer After 15 Minutes Of Inactivity! (For Windows Server 2003 at least)”

  1. Aaron says:

    Hey. I desperately need this to work, but I’ve followed the instructions and it doesn’t seem to work. I know this post is a year old, but perhaps you have any more knowledge about the situation?

  2. Aaron, I don’t have any more knowledge. Try restarting your computer after you make the changes though, that might help.