How to Lock Workstation - NO Windows Key


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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.
 
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Wesley Vogel

[[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.]]
see...
How to Quickly Lock Your Computer and Use Other Windows Logo Shortcut Keys
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;294317

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Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

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G

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.
 
G

Guest

I tried this shortcut and got the following error:

Error in user32.dll
Missing Entry:Lock
[OK]
 
G

Guest

I've figured it out!

rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation

The space between the user32.dll, and LockWorkStation is apparently,
critical.
 
G

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.

Regards
 
B

Bruce Chambers

Lee said:
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.

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
paradigm.)

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.


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The trick is case sensitive of letter: rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation
 
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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.
 

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