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How Do I Set a Windows Screen Saver Password?

How Do I Set a Windows Screen Saver Password?

A password-protected screen saver can protect your computer for those moments when you need to step away for a coffee refill.


Adding a password to your screen saver in Microsoft Windows can help protect your computer for the times when you’re not at the computer. Below are the steps required for your PC.

How to set the screen saver password in Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click Appearance and Personalization.
  3. Click Change screen saver.
  4. In the Screen Saver Settings check the box “On resume, display logon screen” 

Changing your screen saver password in Windows XP and earlier

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Display Icon.
  3. In the Display Properties window, click the Screen Saver tab.
  4. Set the screen saver you want to use and specify the amount of time for Windows to wait until it displays that screen saver.
  5. Check the “Password protected” check box.

If you’re using Microsoft Windows XP or later it will use your login for the computer as the password for when you resume the computer from the screen saver. If you’re using Microsoft Windows ME, 98, or Windows 95, you can specify the password you want to use by clicking the Change button.

Additional Information

Security policies to protect your company

If you’re trying to protect all the devices and data at your company, one of the simplest measures that you can take is making sure you are password protecting everything.

Many companies use Windows computers, so don’t forget to set a password to display after your computer is inactive. Depending on your workplace, this may be required by your information security policies.

An effective information security program relies on protecting all your devices and systems that collect or store data. Don’t forget the small steps that could leave your data vulnerable.

Do you have a company security policy that requires you to password protect your company?