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How to change the lock screen timeout in Windows 10

By default, the Windows 10 lock screen times out and turns off the monitor after a minute. If you want it to stick around longer than that — say, if you have a background image you like to look at or you like having Cortana handy — there’s a simple Registry trick that will add the setting to your power options.

First, you’ll need to go into the Registry to add the timeout setting to your PC’s power options. You can do this by editing the Registry manually or by downloading our one-click cheats. After you add the settings, you will set your timeout using the standard Power Options applet in Control Panel. Here’s how to do it all.

updated: This registry trick also works on Windows 11, if you want to change the Windows 11 lock screen timeout.

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Add timeout settings to power options by editing the registry manually

To add timeout settings to power options, you just need to make an adjustment to a setting in the Windows Registry.

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Warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and its misuse can make your system unstable or even inoperable. This is a fairly simple trick, and as long as you follow the instructions, you shouldn’t have any problems. That said, if you’ve never worked with it before, consider reading up on how to use Registry Editor before you begin. And definitely back up the registry (and your computer!) before making any changes.

Open Registry Editor by pressing Start and typing “regedit”. Press Enter or click “Open” to open Registry Editor and give it permission to make changes to your PC.

In Registry Editor, use the left sidebar to navigate to the following key, or paste the path into the address bar:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\7516b95f-f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc99\8EC4B3A5-6868-48c2-BE75-4F3044BE88A7

In the right pane, double-click the Attributes value to open its properties window.

Change the value in the “Value Data” box from 1 to 2, and then click OK.

That’s all you have to do at registration. Your next step will be to change your timeout settings using Power Options. If you ever want to remove that setting from Power Options, just go back and change the Attributes value from 2 to 1.

Download our one click hack

If you don’t feel like diving into the registry yourself, we’ve created a few registry tricks you can use. The “Add lock screen timeout setting to power options” hack creates the changes you Attributes value from 1 to 2. The “Remove lock screen timeout setting from power options (default)” cheat changes the Attributes value from 2 to 1, restoring its default settings. Both hacks are included in the following ZIP file. Double-click the one you want to use and click the prompts. When you have applied the trick you want, changes will take place immediately.

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Qualification: You will probably get a popup warning you that using a REG file could harm your computer. Go ahead and click “Run” and “Yes” if prompted in this case. However, in general, you should not trust REG files that you download from the Internet without verifying them first. You can open any REG file with a plain text editor such as Notepad and confirm that it only does what it is supposed to do.

Lock Screen Timeout Hacks

These tricks are really just the 8EC4B3A5-6868-48c2-BE75-4F3044BE88A7 key, stripped to the attributes value we talked about in the previous section and then exported to a REG file. Executing either enable sets that value to the appropriate number. And if you enjoy fiddling with the registry, it’s worth taking the time to learn how to do your own registry tricks.

RELATED: How to make your own tricks for the Windows registry

Change timeout settings in Power Options

Now that you’ve enabled the timeout settings, it’s time to turn on Power Options and put them to work. Press Start, type “edit power plan” and then press Enter to open Power Options.

Qualification: Microsoft sometimes changes the way Start menu search works. Once, this menu could be accessed by searching for “Power Options”. If searching for “edit power plan” doesn’t work, you can also open Control Panel and navigate to Hardware and Sound > Power Options > Change plan settings > Change advanced power settings.

In the Edit plan settings window, click the “Change advanced power settings” link.

In the Power Options dialog, expand the “Display” item and you will see the new setting you added as “Console lock screen timeout”. Expand that and then you can set the timeout for however many minutes you want.

It’s a bit of a hassle having to deal with the registry just to make this setting available, but at least it’s there. And if you have a desktop PC or laptop connected to a power source, it’s nice to know that you can leave that lock screen on for more than a minute if you want.


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