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  1. #11


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    Could you post a screenshot showing the full window with this setting to help see where it's at?

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  2. #12


    Yeah sure, I've attached them to this post.
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  3. #13


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    My desktop doesn't have the same settings as you for the "Password Policy". Mine is only to change to have users enter a password when waking the PC or not.

    I'll install Windows 8.1 Preview on a laptop tomorrow, and see what it has.
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  4. #14


    Yeah, that's what I'm seeing on this virtual machine I made too. But thanks for all the help, I really appreciate it, and I have a feeling that others will benefit from this once we figure out how to fix that... I can't be the only person who hates typing in passwords!
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  5. #15


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    Well, it must only be a setting for a tablet or Surface RT. The laptop has the same setting above as my desktop.
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  6. #16


    Alright, so I exported the entire registry before and after adjusting the lock times. There were a ton of small differences with metadata and other useless garbage, not sure what any of that did. But after a lot of file-comparing in the two .reg files, I came across this:

    "DelayLockInterval"=dword:0000012c
    That was when I had it set to 5 minutes.

    "DelayLockInterval"=dword:00000384
    That's when it's on 15 minutes.

    Converting those to hex, you get 300 and 900 respectively, so it's storing the time in seconds. I'll try changing it to 0 and see if that makes it infinite or "always lock"... if it makes it "always lock" I'll just make it 999999 or something and see if that works.

    Also conveniently enough, there's only one thing called DelayLockInterval in the entire registry, so it won't be hard to find.

    The key is under

    [HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-[GUID thingy]\Control Panel\Desktop]
    In case anyone else is wondering who has a Surface RT.
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  7. #17


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    Great job. Thank you for posting back with your findings.

    I have the DelayLockInterval DWORD for my Windows 8.1 Preview desktop with a setting of 0 by default, so that would most likely be the "Never require a password" setting to disable it.
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  8. #18


    Alright, cool, I'll definitely give it a try when I get home (no tablet at work)
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  9. #19


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    Well, I tried playing with different settings for this on the desktop, and it had no affect to require a password with turning the display back on. Seems that it will only work on a tablet/Surface.
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  10. #20


    Wow, well that is just dumb. Changing it to 0 sets it to "always lock the screen" and if I try some insanely high number like 999999, it still does 15 minutes. I guess I'll just have to hope that by the time 8.1 is finalized they fix this...
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