I believe if you find the reg identifier for the user you can use the power management keys in the Desktop folder. Something like
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-18\Control Panel\Desktop and there you will find the power time-out settings, etc. Where "S-1-5-18" is the registry identifier for the user you're configuring. Give it a shot...
although i love tinkering with the registry, they (management) wants/needs something easy to set up, and easy to revert to default when a display model is sold.
I think what you want to look at is the windows policy group stuff... try start->run gpedit.msc and look around, you might just get lucky
amazingly powerful, but only available on XP Pro, i think?
some units are running XP Home.
I could make a script that would run 24/7 and launch the screensaver after some inactive time from the user. In your current config, would it be possible for the user to terminate it's process?
you mean, if a customer/shopper walks by, machine is running screen saver, customer moves mouse / presses keys ...
we need the screen saver to stop, allowing access to the computer.
the activation time should be configurable, ie:1 minute idle, 2 minutes, etc.
just like any other screen saver, it should turn off when activity occurs.
i TOTALLY FORGOT TO MENTION: they (management) has their own screen saver that they like to use.
would this be possible?
sounds more now to me like a windows setting, instead of an application issue.
but i've not been able to find much on getting past the Power Options Properties issue on all machines.