How to Lock Workstation - NO Windows Key

Discussion in 'Windows XP Security' started by Guest, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I have a new ThinkPad (T30) and need to be able to lock my workstation when I
    am away from the computer for 5 - 10 minutes.

    I don't necessarily want to log off... I can bring up the onscreen keyboard
    and click Windows-L... which works... but is there another way I can quickly
    lock the workstation?

    This is XP Pro.
    Guest, Apr 27, 2006
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  2. Guest

    Wesley Vogel Guest

    [[If the Welcome screen is enabled, the computer can also be locked if you
    press CTRL+ALT+DELETE (to open Task Manager), and then click Lock Computer
    or click Switch User on the Shut Down menu.]]
    How to Quickly Lock Your Computer and Use Other Windows Logo Shortcut Keys;en-us;294317

    Hope this helps. Let us know.

    MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

    Wesley Vogel, Apr 27, 2006
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  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Greetings Lee. Yes, in your case, you can lock your workstation by creating a
    shorcut with a command switch which will lock your workstation via a .DLL
    file within the C:/WINDOWS/system32/ folder.
    In order to create this shortcut - which you can place on your desktop -
    follow these simple steps:

    1. Right click your desktop and create a new Shortcut.

    2. In the first wizard screen presented to you, type the following
    "rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkstation", removing the speech marks as
    appropriate. Click Next.

    3. Apply a name for your Shortcut and finally click Finish.

    You now have a newly created Shortcut which will lock your Workstation for
    the duration in which you are away from it, and you have little to fear from
    shoulder-browsers nor unauthorised users gaining access - as long as you have
    an appropriately configured and hard-to-decipher password.

    I hope this helps you.
    Guest, Apr 27, 2006
  4. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I tried this shortcut and got the following error:

    Error in user32.dll
    Missing Entry:Lock
    Guest, Apr 27, 2006
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I've figured it out!

    rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation

    The space between the user32.dll, and LockWorkStation is apparently,
    Guest, Apr 27, 2006
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I noticed this myself although the source i extract it from was a Microsoft
    Press book and in this case this must be an obvious typographical error that
    wasn't detected when the book went to the printing press. Glad you've sorted
    this out and i hope it makes your computing experience safer and secure.

    Guest, Apr 27, 2006

  7. There at least 4 ways to lock a WinXP (Home or Pro) workstation,
    any of which can be used, regardless of domain membership. (In fact,
    I'm not aware of any method of locking a computer that's dependent upon
    the presence of a domain.):

    1) Use the Windows Key + L hot key.

    2) You can press CTRL+ALT+DEL and then <ENTER>, once you've turned
    off the Welcome Screen and Fast User Switching. (This is the default
    in a domain environment, as FUS is contrary to the domain security

    3) You can create a desktop shortcut with
    "%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation" in the
    target field. (It is case-sensitive, BTW.) You can then assign a
    keyboard shortcut.

    4) Set a password protected screensaver, and wait the allotted time
    without touching the mouse or keyboard.


    Bruce Chambers

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    Bruce Chambers, Apr 28, 2006
  8. Guest


    Oct 31, 2013
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    The trick is case sensitive of letter: rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation
    tamp, Oct 31, 2013
  9. Guest


    Jun 20, 2017
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    If anyone is looking for a solution to this. The GateKeeper locks your workstation as soon as you leave it. When you return it unlocks. It unlocks/locks based on user presence.
    AgeGundam, Jun 20, 2017
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