In Windows NT, 2000, and XP, how do I lock my workstation without

Posted On 2005-11-1 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Windows NT 2000 XP Lock Workstation
Tags:  Windows NT Windows 2000
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In Windows NT, 2000, and XP, you can lock your
workstation manually or by using your screen saver.

To manually lock your computer, press Ctrl-Alt-Del. In
Windows NT, within the Windows NT Security window, click Lock
In Windows 2000 or XP, click Lock Computer.

To set up your screen saver to automatically lock your computer,
follow these directions:

  1. Right-click the desktop, then select Properties.

  2. In the Display Properties window, select the
    Screen Saver tab.

  3. In the drop-down window, select a screen saver file.

  4. In the "Wait:" field, set the amount of time you want the screen
    saver to wait for activity before starting.

  5. Check the Password protected box, then click
    OK. When the screen saver comes on, your workstation will be

In either case, to unlock your workstation, press
Ctrl-Alt-Del. The Unlock Workstation or Unlock Computer window
will appear (depending on your operating system). Enter your password.

Administrators for either the local computer or the domain can unlock
a locked computer by entering their username and password at the login
This will log the current user out, but will not log the administrator in. At
this point, any user with login rights can log into the computer normally.

Note: If you are the local computer administrator,
you need to log into the local computer rather than the domain. Also,
by using the administrator login to unlock the workstation, you will
erase all unsaved work.

If your domain username is in the Administrators group, then you can enter
your domain name and domain password and select the proper domain in the drop-down menu. You are not required to log into the local computer. This will also
unlock the workstation and erase all unsaved work.

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