Windows® Vista Idle Screen
How to set the idle screen on your Windows Vista for a longer time?
Idle screen is a special functionality incorporated to certain operating systems to save power. This feature turns off the screen to ‘No display’ so that power can be saved as well as users can avoid unnecessary heat generation within the display components. Idle screen feature in Windows Vista would be set at a default value. The screen will not return to proper display until user presses any key or click anywhere. If the user is watching some movies or engaged in some similar multimedia activities, idle screen can be very frustrating. Idle screen can be set longer on Windows Vista by changing the power configurations given in the control panel.
Following details gives users more information and things to keep in mind while changing the idle screen settings:
- Keep track of old settings
- Ensure correct balance
- Run malware removal tool
Keep track of old settings
Whenever idle screen settings of Windows Vista are changed, it is a good idea to keep track of the old settings. This will be especially helpful if user does not know much about changing the settings. If the changes made have to be reversed they could be retrieved easily.
Ensure correct balance
Users should always remember to maintain a proper balance when setting the idle screen on Windows Vista. The balance should be such that screen does not turn idle too soon and the display will not be left for a very long time even if the user is not using the system. Adjusting the settings must be undertaken with care in case of portable computers such as, laptops, netbooks etc. to avoid overheating.
Some malwares are known to get activated with the change of idle screen settings. These malwares tend to lock the user out of the system by making the idle screen last even after some keys are pressed. Therefore, users are recommended to scan their Windows Vista system thoroughly for infections before changing the settings.