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Customize the lock screen?

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    Customize the lock screen?


    One thing that annoys with Windows 8 is the lock screen. I don't want my monitor to turn of after one minute (or whatever it's set to). I haven't found a setting to change this, so I guess you aren't supposed to change it? Unless I've missed it.
    It feels like this was designed with only tablets in mind. Why couldn't it just be affected by the settings I've set up in the control panel? And I'd also want the screensaver to work..

    Also another annoying thing with the lock screen is that I can't start typing my password immediately, instead I have to press a key and wait just a little before I can start typing. Sometimes I forget this and type in my password and press enter, but of course it says that it was the wrong password, because it didn't register the first two/three keys.

    Since I'm using a desktop pc, what's the point with this "Swipe to unlock" crap? Though I like having the time and date in the left corner. The optimal thing would be to have the date and time and the wallpaper on the same screen as the password screen.

    Does anyone know if I can do something about this?

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello homtr,

    If you like, you could disable the lock screen to only have the sign in screen instead.

    For your monitor turning off after a minute, double check your power plan settings using the tutorial below to set "Turn of the Display" to "Never", or what you like instead.


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello homtr,

    If you like, you could disable the lock screen to only have the sign in screen instead.

    For your monitor turning off after a minute, double check your power plan settings using the tutorial below to set "Turn of the Display" to "Never", or what you like instead.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Thank you Shawn! I have disabled the lock screen and that worked great! But unfortunately my monitor still turns itself off after one minute. I have it set to 25 minutes in the power plan settings.

    Thanks.
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    Good news so far.

    Double check your screen saver settings to make sure that you have (None) selected for the screen saver, and that the On resume, display logon screen box is unchecked. If you have Blank selected, then it could make it appear like your monitor has turned off after the default 1 minute idle "wait" period when it actuality is just the blank black screen saver.
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    Yes the screensaver is off and On resume, display logon screen is unchecked.
    If I'm logged in to Windows the monitor will stay on for 25 minutes as I want. But not at the lock screen.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Ok. This sounds more like the Console lock display off timeout setting instead now. It's default is 1 minute as well. You can use the tutorial below to change it for how long you like.

    Lock Screen Timeout Period - Change in Windows 8
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