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  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit

    Lock Screen


    Hi Everyone,
    I recently upgraded my Windows 7 laptop to Windows 8. I am loving it so far. However, I added my university account to the Mail application as a Exchange account and it said it needed to enable extra security features in order for me to use it. So I clicked OK. I am not sure what options it enabled. However, now my computer locks itself after the screen turns off. I have no screen saver set, just the monitor to turn off after 10 minutes. Once I wake the monitor, I am presented with the lock screen and have to log back into my computer. My laptop is used by my whole family in my house so I like it left open. I have removed my university account from mail but I am assuming the settings are still imposed as the computer keeps locking itself and requiring my password.

    Does anyone know how I can fix this situation?

    Thanks for any help!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    In order to connect to an Exchange server, then Exchange requires that the client enable certain security settings based on the security policy of the exchange server. These settings typically include a mandatory lock screen, as well as the ability to wipe the entire device and reset it to factory defaults should it get lost (the exchange administrator can wipe any device connected to it at any time they want to).

    If your school has enabled mandatory lock screens, then not much you can do, except remove exchange integration.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit


    I understand the exchange rules. I removed my university email but my computer still locks. Any idea about how to fix that?

    Thanks again.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Well, you can follow this tutorial.

    Lock Screen - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 08 Nov 2012 at 12:46. Reason: updated link for the same here
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit


    This is the issue I am having...

    I removed my university account, but the security policies are still imposed on my computer:
    Click image for larger version
    I cannot turn off the need to sign in upon screen saver!

    EDIT:
    Found a fix for anyone else wondering!
    Security policies on this PC are preventing you from changing this setting - Neowin Forums

    "Fixed this already, but just a FYI as Google doesn't have this listed:

    This appears in the Metro Control Panel under Users after I tried adding an Exchange account to the Mail app, and acknowledged the following security-related dialog without thinking.

    With that setting enabled, your PC will lock itself after dimming the screen or after waking it from sleep - your Power Options settings have no effect here. Having your PC prompt you for your password after waking up or idling isn't particularly helpful if you're on a single user desktop at home.

    Disabling it is simple but not particularly straight forward at first: go to the desktop Control Panel, User Accounts, and click "Reset Security Policies" on the left. That should do the trick."
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