How to setup screen saver password in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 allows you to use Screen Saver to protect information and secure the tablet or computer after the display is off for a specified time. While its Password Protection has been turned on and the device wakes from sleep or hibernate, you need to type a password to to unlock it. To do that, make sure you have created the password for the user account that you are currently logged in as.

How to enable password prompt for screen saver in Windows 8.1
Through PC settings on tablet
* On Start screen, click on the down arrow button at the bottom left corner, click on the “PC settings
* Select the Accounts > Sign-in options
* On the right side, choose how long after the display(s) from the list under Password policy, such as Always require a password, 1 minute, and 15 minutes.

Other ways
* Press Win + R from the keyboard, and input any of the following commands:

control.exe desk.cpl,screensaver,@screensaver
Rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,1

and press Enter.
* Within the screen saver setting, check “On resume, display login screen” box, select the waiting time and the screen saver you want to use.
* Clcik Apply > OK button to apply all changes.


One thought on “How to setup screen saver password in Windows 8.1

  1. I’m having a strange problem on my Surface Pro 2 where it doesn’t always ask for the password when returning from the screen saver. It seems to be ok when woken from sleep, or if I press the power button. I have set the screen saver to come on after 5 minutes, with the option to ask for a password when it resumes. It worked fine for the first few weeks, but since it’s started it seems to happen most of the time now. It doesn’t seem to matter how long it’s been left either. I’ve left it for hours and come back and it won’t ask for a password, (hasn’t gone to sleep either). I haven’t used it much outside of my home so far, but when I do I’ll have remember to press the power button first.

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