ScreenSavers can be configured on Windows 8 to be launched automatically after inactivity. The term inactivity is used here to denote the duration for which computer is left idle and is not used actively by either human or by keyboard or mouse automation software. In order to Lock your Windows 8 computer after inactivity, you can use MurGee ScreenSaver. Just like any other ScreenSaver you can configure this one using control panel settings. This Windows Control ScreenSaver does not displays any sort of graphics and it just performs the action configured from the ScreenSaver Settings.
ScreenSavers are actually exe files which are renamed with a .scr extension and are normally found in Windows or System folder. The Screenshot above has been taken on a Windows 8 computer and the software has been tested on Windows 8 as well. Irrespective of the whether you are using a 32 bit or 64 bit version of Windows 8, this ScreenSaver can be used to automatically lock your windows 8 computer when you leave it alone and idle. ScreenSavers have been in Windows for quite a long time and many software applications such as Windows Media Player or other software applications automatically disable and enable screensavers so that while using specific software applications like watching a movie, the ScreenSaver does not pops up and disturb your Movie.
The MurGee ScreenSaver offers lots of other computer control commands apart from locking an idle workstation or computer. Controlling the idle time after which your Windows 8 computer is as easy as configuring the time duration after which the ScreenSaver is launched. There are two types of ScreenSavers that can be configured for a Windows 8 computer. The first type of ScreenSaver is the one which gets invoked when some user has signed onto the computer and leaves the Windows 8 computer idle. This type of ScreenSaver can be controlled using ScreenSaver Settings. In order to open up the ScreenSaver Settings, find an empty space on your Desktop, Right Click and select Personalize, just as you would do on a Windows 7 or Windows Vista Computer. This will open up Personalization Window which will allow you to launch the ScreenSaver Settings from a button at the bottom corner of the Personalization Screen. Other type of ScreenSaver is Login ScreenSaver which gets invoked when a Windows 8 computer is left idle at the Login Screen.
Locking a Windows 8 Computer can save unauthorised access to the computer. Once the MurGee Screensaver has locked your Windows 8 computer, the Lock Screen would be displayed by Windows 8 and you will be required to drag the screen out. Once you are past the Lock Screen, you would be prompted to enter your password or pin as configured. In case your Windows 8 computer has multiple user accounts configured, you will be prompted with your signed on user name and the last logon option would be displayed. As Windows 8 allows to switch between multiple user accounts, you will also have an option to sign on with other user account configured on your Windows 8 machine, however in order to access your own account, you would need to authenticate your credentials as configured. This way to Lock your Windows 8 computer does not requires any CPU cycles and memory while you are actively using your Windows 8 computer. Once Windows 8 detects that the computer has been left idle or inactive, it will check whether ScreenSaver has been enabled or not and in case the ScreenSaver is enabled, Windows 8 will launch the configured ScreenSaver. The MurGee ScreenSaver once launched by Windows 8 checks what it is supposed to do and when it finds that it is supposed to Lock the Windows 8 computer, it will Lock the Windows 8 computer and will exit from the Memory.