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crmpicco
11-16-2005, 12:14 PM
I have a problem with my Windows XP Professional OS.

When i leave my PC and walk away from it, then come back to it after about maybe 10-15 minutes I get the sign-in screen again. Where I have to click my username and enter my password.

However, when i enter my CORRECT password it says - INCORRECT PASSWORD Please Re-Enter - or words to that effect.

Basically, it does not accept my password. I know for a fact that it is correct as I entered it on bootup?

My PC is fairly old, so it is likely to be a older version of XP Pro.

Is there a way I can turn this idle screen sign-in off?

Thanks.

Picco

JamieR
11-16-2005, 12:29 PM
So when it comes off the screensaver it's asking for a password? Go to the display control panel > screensaver then detick the box that says "on resume password protect"

Something could be corrupt in the registry, it might pay to reinstall. - And even if it's an older disk of XP it was installed from, it will still be the latest version if you've installed SP2 and all the latest updates.

crmpicco
11-16-2005, 12:42 PM
hi weazel,

no its not the Screen Saver password protect

It is the Idle screen sign-in windows screen.

the same as when you sign into windows to begin with. Blue screen with winXP logo, user names right aligned, click user name and enter password the click green arrow.

(when i click the green arrow it says incorrect password) even though its not. can this be turned off?

Picco

JamieR
11-16-2005, 12:49 PM
So if it isn't the screensaver, the computer must be set to go into standby and ask for a password when it comes out...

crmpicco
11-16-2005, 01:49 PM
no, the screen saver is not involved.

do u sign into windows by clicking ur username?

crmpicco
11-16-2005, 01:54 PM
the machine is not going onto standby either

i get this screen:

http://nutsmail.com/images/xpblue_login.png

SteelValor
11-16-2005, 04:43 PM
When was the last time you ran a virus scan? That could be a trojan password harvester.

crmpicco
11-16-2005, 05:23 PM
yeah, i ran a Virus Scan with AntiVir XP. No viruses found, all clear. Done a SpyBot sweep as well.

I keep it up to date and run it regularly, basically I would rather not have the screen appear at all - if not at initial sign in as well then so be it.

Any ideas?

Picco

oracleguy
11-16-2005, 07:17 PM
That is the screen that comes up
a) During boot
b) When a screensaver is set to lock your computer
c) when you have your computer set to lock it when it comes out of sleep or standby (you can set these settings under "Power" in the control panel
d) when you manually lock your computer.

I'm pretty sure that is it, the only other thing could be if there is some program harvesting passwords or some other 3rd party program causing the computer to lock after it goes idle.

You sure you don't have caps lock or something like that on, the passwords are case sensitive.

crmpicco
11-17-2005, 10:51 AM
its ok i managed to fix the problem, there is a setting in the registry that turns it off. thanks to all.

oracleguy
11-17-2005, 08:19 PM
Well why not post the solution in case someone else has a similar problem?

crmpicco
11-24-2005, 06:09 PM
How To Change the Windows Logon Screen Saver in Windows XP
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SUMMARY SUMMARY
Change the Logon Screen Saver Change the Logon Screen Saver
Change the Logon Screen Saver Timeout Time Change the Logon Screen Saver Timeout Time
Turn Off the Logon Screen Saver Turn Off the Logon Screen Saver
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This step-by-step article describes how to change the default logon screen saver in Microsoft Windows XP. Specifically, the article discusses how to change the type of screen saver that starts, the timeout before the screen saver starts, and whether a screen saver is turned on before the logon process.

When you start Windows, you may be presented with the Windows XP welcome screen, which prompts you click your user name to begin, or you may be presented with a Welcome to Windows dialog box that prompts you to press CTRL+ALT+DEL to log on. By default, if you do not press a key for 10 minutes, the Windows logon screen saver (Logon.scr) starts.

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Change the Logon Screen Saver
To change the logon screen saver, follow these steps.

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type regedt32, and then click OK.
3. In the Registry Editor window, locate the following registry key:
HKEY_USERS\DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
4. In the right pane, double-click SCRNSAVE.EXE.
5. In the Edit String dialog box, type the name of the screen saver that you want in the Value data box, and then click OK. For example, if you want to use the Mystify screen saver as your logon screen saver, type ssmyst.scr.

IMPORTANT: Make sure that you correctly specify the path to the screen saver. If the screen saver is located in %SystemRoot%\System32, the explicit path is not required.
6. Click Exit on the File menu to quit Registry Editor.
The logon screen saver changes to the screen saver that you specified.

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Change the Logon Screen Saver Timeout Time
You can also change the time that elapses before the logon screen saver starts. The default setting is 600 seconds (10 minutes).

To change the length of time before the logon screen saver starts, follow these steps.

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type regedt32, and then click OK.
3. In the Registry Editor window, locate the following registry key:
HKEY_USERS\DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
4. In the right pane, double-click ScreenSaveTimeOut.
5. In the Edit String dialog box that appears, type the number of seconds after which you want the screen saver to start in the Value data box, and then click OK. For example, if you want the screen saver to start after 5 minutes, type 300.
6. Click Exit on the File menu to quit Registry Editor.
The length of time that elapses before the logon screen saver starts is changed to the value that you specified.

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Turn Off the Logon Screen Saver
To turn off the logon screen saver, follow these steps.

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type regedt32, and then click OK.
3. In the Registry Editor window, locate the following registry key:
HKEY_USERS\DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
4. In the right pane, double-click ScreenSaveActive.
5. In the Edit String dialog box, type 0 in the Value data box, and then click OK.
6. Click Exit on the File menu to quit Registry Editor.
The logon screen saver is turned off.



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