Allow regular user to unlock screensaver locked computer


OSNN One Post Wonder
19 Sep 2006
Is there a group policy or Windows Security setting that would allow my users (i.e. non administators) to unlock a workstation?

So far all I can find is a third party application ( Unlock Administrator ) This program seems to do the trick but I obviously would prefer to do this through GP.

Any suggestions?



Debiant by way of Ubuntu
29 Aug 2002
I feel this must be a tweak... surely? Anyway I also want to know.... because it would seem such a poor design decision by M$ not to make this tailorable (it looks bad to me they made it default this way, even!)


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Political Access
8 Apr 2005
AFAIK, only the currently logged in users or Administrators can unlock a screen saver state PC.

Quite honestly, that's a rough situation as it is because if anyone besides the user logs in, it will force a logoff and then lose any open work.

In my humble opinion, anyone with the need to unlock a PC when it is locked by a screen saver, should have some type of Administrative rights to the machine, or a generic Administrative account they can do to perform the unlock. Otherwise, what are they really doing there?

If, say the scenario comes up that this is a shared PC, and the general users who use it swap in and out and say the previous user locks the PC via the screensaver and forgets to logoff - and then the next user who comes along can't log them off because they aren't an admin, that's a bit different and gives you two options....

Have an administrator use the remote shutdown command, which is something like this....

shutdown.exe -m \\computername -t xx -r (something like that, and the "xx" is time interval before the shutdown goes)

Either that, or install this little utility -

It will actually log the user off after a pre-determined amount of inactivity.

Other than that, perhaps provide more details as to what you are trying to accomplish maybe?

Other suggestions would be interesting for me to know as well.

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