How to unlock the hidden display off timeout for the Lock screen in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

The Lock screen, new to Windows 8, is a fancy feature which allows you to display an image while your PC/tablet is locked and displays other useful information.

Lock Screen

However, when the PC is locked, the normal display off timeout value has no effect on it and you cannot specify the timeout value after which the screen will turn off while you are on the Lock screen. Turns out, there is a hidden registry setting for this and enabling it even turns it on in the Power Options  control panel GUI - the same window where you specify other power related timeouts. Let me show you how.

  • Open your Registry Editor and go to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\7516b95f-f776-4464-8c53-06167f40cc99\8EC4B3A5-6868-48c2-BE75-4F3044BE88A7

    Tip: If you are not familiar with Registry Editor, see our Registry Editor fundamentals and do not forget to read how to jump to the desired registry key with one click.

  • On the right side, you will see an "Attributes" value. It equals to 1 by default.
    Registry Settings
    You need to change it to 2:
    Registry Settings Tweaked

That's it! After doing this, you will see a new item in the Advanced Settings of the power plan inside the Power Options Control Panel.

Before the tweak, it looked like this:

Power Plan Defaults

And after applying the tweak you will get an additional item in the "Display" section:

Power Plan Tweaked

The "Console lock display off timeout" is the one that's added. By default, it is set to 1 minute, and now you can set it to what you want. Note that the value must be less than the "Turn Display after…" value. Otherwise you will not notice the changes.

This tweak is applicable to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 (aka "Windows Blue").

I have created ready-to-use registry files for you. Download link is below.

Download ready-to-use registry files

Many thanks to my friend D.Bulanov for sharing this tip.

31 thoughts on “How to unlock the hidden display off timeout for the Lock screen in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

  1. Rahul348

    Good to hear about new stuff, thanks for sharing it

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  2. CPUdev

    Awesome tutorial!
    Keep it up!

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    1. Jim

      Agree totally. This is a real pain to change. Another Windows 8 “feature”.
      I could not have done this without your instructions. Thank you!

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  3. Brandon

    Thanks, you are expert in computers I wish I could be like you :)

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  4. moinmoin

    … and now you can set it to what you want….
    Hey Sergey,
    the value must, however, be less than the “Turn Display after…”. Otherwise it does not work.

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  5. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

    Sure, thanks for your comment, I will add this into article.

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  6. Stef

    Great article ! Thanks for sharing !

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  7. Juan

    Fantastic program, thanks for your graet work

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  8. Ashley

    Thanks! Very well explained. Very happy person here.

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  9. Lance T Lucarelli

    i do what you say but the lock screen still comes on

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      If you want to disable lock screen, please refer to this article. The app covered in there has the ‘disable lock screen’ option

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  10. Nick

    Can I do it on Windows 7?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      do what?

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  11. Miles

    Good stuff!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      thanks

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  12. Ringo

    I have no lock screen image so the screen just goes black & locks after the initial time period, so I did this this tweak I set “Console lock display off timeout” at 3 hours & also set the “Turn off Display” to 4 hours.
    But I’m still getting locked out at that black screen after the PC has been sitting idle for about 10 minutes & nothing I click or press will get me back into windows 8.1 (unless I do a reset).
    Would this tweak work if the “Turn off Display” setting was set to “Never”?

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  13. Thanks!

    Thanks!

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  14. ahmedhashem

    many thanksssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      enjoy

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  15. Jennifer

    Thank you, thank you, thank you many times over!!! The lock screen coming on every minute was driving me crazy!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Happy to help you, Jennifer

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  16. Jack

    This fix stills works. Thanks! It was difficult to find. Windows 8.1 Enterprise 2015/05/07

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  17. Kuba

    Or you can use
    https://github.com/kubaszostak/windows-10-lock-screensaver

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  18. peter

    Not work on Dell Venue 8 Pro

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  19. kirel

    Thanks Sergey.
    Worked great in Windows 10 Pro.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Don’t mention it :)

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  20. Leo

    Great tutorial! Couldn’t figure why I didn’t have a possibility to change this in W10, but you gave me the answer!
    Thanks.

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  21. kausik

    This is an awesome help :) Thanksalot

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome.

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  22. Oliver Heggelbacher

    Sergey, I found already three or four different advises and pages on this problem, but yours is the one that actually fixes it (Windows 10 Pro x64). This is amazing, thanks for sharing!

    Oliver

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      You are welcome. Happy to be of help.

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