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PCstats Q & A - Automatic logoff? - PCstats Q & A - Automatic logoff?
Wed, January 19 2005 | 4:50PM | PermaLink Feedback?

This week's second Q&A question comes from Edward via our reader feedback page. If you have a tech question of your own, don't hesitate to visit our friendly forums too.

Q: Is there a setting on a local client computer running window XP PRO to log off the computer automatically from the server when idle for long period of time?The server in question is a windows 2003 box.

A: Generally logging off clients automatically is a server-side operation; however the Windows Server 2003 Resource kit contains a screen saver called Winexit.scr which will automatically log off the current user when activated.

Download the resource kit, install it and copy the Winexit.scr file to your 'windows\system32' directory, then go to display settings in the control panel. From the 'screen saver' tab, you will now be able to choose 'Logoff screen saver' as one of the options. When the screen saver activates, it will give a countdown (which can be cancelled), then it will close all applications and log the user off. The 'settings' button gives you a few other useful options too. Hope that helps!

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