Laptop Lid Logoff

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VTfletch

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Is there any way to set a laptop to logout of the current user when the lid is shut. I was hoping it would be an option in the power options in the control panel but no luck, the only options are nothing and stand by. I am working with a Dell Latitude D620 with windows XP professional.
 

DaveBurnett

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You can set the requirement to have to enter the password when coming out of standby
 
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Normally, you would find those kind of options in the BIOS of the laptop. Not sure about logout, but should be a setting to power off when lid is shut.
 

JohnWill

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Many people set the laptop to sleep or hibernate when the lid closes. There's no reason you have to set it to power off, that's what the power switch is for. ;)
 

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Thanks for the help guys. Not quite what I am looking for though. This would be a security feature cause I would like it to log out of a program and the only way that can be done is to log out of the user. Going into standby leaves that program open and available.
 

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Not if you configure to require a password when returning from hibernate or sleep modes.
 

VTfletch

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As of now I have the laptop set to logoff after 10 minutes of inactivity. I have it set to go into standby when lid is closed and ask for a password to return from standby. My problem is that when you enter the password to return from standby, the system restores itself to the state it was in when it went into standby. This in my case includes being logged into a specialized program with sensitive data. Since my users cant be trusted to log out of the software I was hoping to provide a high level of security by causing it to log off when the lid is shut, since even the most inexperienced users will most likely shut the lid when they are finished with the laptop. While it is possible for a windows password to be hacked, it is much more difficult to hack the password on the specialized program.
 

VTfletch

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I got it working. Its a little awkward since it doesnt force the logoff until it resumes from standby since the script pauses I assume when it goes into standby, but I'm looking for a work around in the script.
 

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I think that may be as good as it gets. Unless you can find a way to intercept the standby request. I looked for that, but I didn't find anything.
 
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