Change timeout setting for lockscreen in Windows 8

As many of you probably have noted, when locking the computer in Windows 8, the screen turns of after one minute.

This can be quite frustrating sometimes, and to change it isn’t obvious.

To change it, you first need to add “Console lock display off timeout” to your advanced power settings.

Open regedit as admin, and browse to:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlPowerPowerSettings7516b95f-f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc998EC4B3A5-6868-48c2-BE75-4F3044BE88A7
  • Change the value for “Attributes” from “1” to “2”
  • Close regedit

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When this has been done open the advanced power settings.

  • Control Panel -> Power Options -> Change Plan Settings -> Change advanced power settings.

Now, you will have the “Console lock display off timeout” added under display.

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20 Responses to Change timeout setting for lockscreen in Windows 8

  1. george says:

    thank you for this, it certainly does add the display lock timeout option……..
    but no matter how many minutes you change it to,
    it still locks out after 1 minute……..
    I think there is just one more step to do….. any ideas?

    • psychamaster says:

      Thanks for your comment!

      This setting has nothing to do with the time it takes for the computer to display the lockscreen, it only extends the time the lockscreen is displayed before the monitor sleeps.
      Are you looking for a setting to change the time before the computer locks itself?

      Best regards

      • George Kachulis says:

        yes please,

        i find that the lock screen comes up after a minute, and if i am reading an article or something where there is no activity,

        then boom…. the screen goes dark and if you want back in, then you wake it up and have to enter your password….

        it’s quite frustrating…….. for example, if i lean over to my file cabinet to get a file that i am working on, and don’t get back to my computer in under a minute…… then the same thing all over again…

        btw.. i’m running core windows 8, not the pro

        thank you for helping,



        • psychamaster says:

          It sounds like you have found a bug that has been present in Windows 8.
          Have you by any chance clicked yes on using enhanced security policies?
          I know that this has happened when people have added their google account and some others as well.

          The first thing to check is the screensaver, has it been applied with the time of one minute and to display the welcomscreen?
          It could also be that you have set the time to turn off the display to one minute. (Check this under powermanagemet)

          If none of the above applies, try to reset your security policy, this can be found under “User Accounts”.


          • George Kachulis says:

            Hello Psychamaster,

            I haven’t added a google account, i only have one email on the pc, and this is it.

            I have no screensaver turned on, and the timing in my power plan is at least 15 minutes on battery, and 45 on plugged in.

            enhanced security policies? nope…… never had that option

            i can’t access to ‘reset security policy’ as this is not an option in user accounts……. i have the core version of windows 8

            thank again,


          • psychamaster says:


            Even if you run the core version of Windows 8, this option should be available.
            I’ve marked it in the picture bellow.

            Reset policy

  2. Paradox says:

    I don’t have that option either and i’m having the same problems as mentioned above.
    Please help, This is really frustrating.

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  9. Robert says:

    Set you screen saver to one minute and uncheck the box for re-logging. This works, yes you have a screen saver, but once you touch your keyboard or mouse, your back to work where you left off, no re-logging–which was what you wanted.

    “Hardware Techs run the ship, software folks clean it.”

    If this is a second post of the same , sorry.

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