How Do I Set a Windows Screen Saver Password?

Posted on January 18, 2018 - by Shannon McFarland - in Building Your InfoSec Program

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


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

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 the same password you use to login to 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.

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About the author

Shannon McFarland is the Director of Product Marketing at Securicy, where she leads marketing strategy and campaigns. Previously she was a journalist, Techstars hackstar, and a marketing consultant. She’s a passionate outdoorist, gardener, an advocate for mental health, a total bookworm, and dog mom. She works remotely from her home in the Boston area.