Shortcut to lock a Windows XP PC

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Yesterday, I blogged about a shortcut to hibernate a Windows XP PC (for people who are too lazy to use between 3 and 5 clicks when a double-click will do).

Keni Barwick replied with an alternative to lock the workstation (%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation) and when I said “What about Win+L – oh yes, forgot, two fingers required ;-)” he fiendishly replied “But it’s great if you want to use no fingers… i.e. the bluetooth auto lock I’m developing :-)” – sounds a bit like a TV B-Gone for PCs to me…

2 thoughts on “Shortcut to lock a Windows XP PC

  1. We have the problem probably all parents share.
    Kids staying glued to the PC after being asked to get off.
    Where can I obtain a programme that automatically turns the PC off at bedtime?

  2. Paul, My kids are a bit young for this so I’ve not come across the problem yet but I think you can do something similar in the parental controls on Windows Vista. HTH, Mark

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