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Lock Your Windows PC Computer Screen

 We strongly recommend that everyone on campus set your computer screen to lock while you are away from it. This prevents others from using the computer and when you return, you simply type in your computer's login name and password to continue working.

Here are the steps on a Windows PC to lock your screen when the machine is turned on, as well as to require a password on wake from sleep or the screen saver.


Windows Vista:

  • Right click on the background
  • Go to Personalize
  • Go to Screen Saver
  • Check "On Resume, Display Logon Screen


Windows XP:

  • Right click on the background
  • Go to Properties
  • Go to Screen Saver
  • Check "On Resume, Password protect"