Stop Windows Servers ‘Locking’ with Group Policy

KB ID 0001283 


Servers locking themselves after a period of inactivity is, (in most cases) a good thing. But on my test network that only I use it gets a bit annoying switching between machines and constantly having to unlock Windows all the time!

Disable Windows Server Lock Screen


Note: For obvious security reasons don’t do this on a production network!



Create a new GPO linked to your computer OU, (or edit an existing one).

GPO Lock screen

Edit the policy.

Edit GPO

Navigate to;

Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options > Interactive Logon : Machine inactivity limit

Server Timeout Inactivity

The Explain tab is ‘a bit pants’ > To disable, Define the policy and set it to ‘0’ (zero).

Stop VMS Locking

Then wait, or force a policy update to test.

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Author: PeteLong

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