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Lock WorkStation the MFC way

, 1 Aug 2004
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Allows the user to lock the workstation during lunch or meeting hours


This is a very small application that demonstrates the use of fullscreen dialog based applications. When the application is executed it goes and sits inside the systray with a key as a tray icon.

Using the application

  • To lock the screen, the user has to press a key combination of Ctrl+Alt+Minus sign on the numpad.
  • To unlock the screen user is asked to enter a password.
  • During lock mode, mouse cursor and caret are hidden as it happens in a normal booting screen, also Alt+Tab, Ctrl+Alt+Del keys are disabled.

But the user still can press Ctrl+Esc to activate the Start menu, In order to disable the Taskbar/StartButton, FindWindowEx API has been used and after taking the handle successfully the Taskbar is disabled, so that the user is not able to clcik on the TaskBar also. Currently the password has been hardcoded inside the application as "vkpassword". But developers can easily modify the application to store the password in registry or some encrypted file in the system. Use of Hotkeys have been implemented. To lock the screen user needs to press Ctrl+Alt+Minus sign on the numpad. A special thanks to Chris Maunder for his CSystemTray icon class used in the application.

How to get it installed?

  • Unzip the demo exe file
  • Double click on the exe file
  • The application goes and sits inside the SystemTray (thanx Chris!!)

Press Ctrl+Alt+Minus sign on Numpad. The system is locked now, to unlock enter password as "vkpassword" of course without the double quotes.


The application makes some changes in the registry, as to run during the computer start up, disabling the task manager using a registry hack. Hope you all will like the same and also don't forget to send me ur comments, suggestions to make it better. Thanks.


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Vikram Kashyap
Technical Lead
India India
Hi I am Vikram, did my computers from NIIT with excellent score. Passion for VC++/MFC and developing my own utilities. Loves to do a lot of R&D on registry. Working in VC++/MFC from the last 6 years with SQL and MS-Access database. Currently working as a Project Lead with an MNC in Gurgaon.
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Comments and Discussions

GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberMember 671616028-Dec-10 17:50 
GeneralCrappy Trojan - and here is why PinmemberSB20031-Oct-09 22:07 
GeneralCrappy Trojan Part II PinmemberSB20031-Oct-09 22:31 
GeneralRe: Crappy Trojan Part II PinmemberVikram Kashyap1-Oct-09 23:47 
GeneralRe: Crappy Trojan Part II PinmemberSB20032-Oct-09 6:24 
GeneralLock the PC PinmemberpHRO gHO8-May-08 8:05 
GeneralNo Source Pinmemberkoenjoeks20-Nov-07 0:34 
GeneralBypass startup. Pinmemberantsays2-Jul-06 22:32 
GeneralUndo changes PinmemberMyszka16-Dec-04 21:47 
Generalitz just for fun? try Ctrl + ESC... Pinmembertony_w20003-Aug-04 18:46 
GeneralI tell you gus it is a trash for you are unlikely to use a topmost window to lock ... PinsussAnonymous3-Aug-04 6:43 
GeneralTo be more annoying :) PinmemberLars [Large] Werner3-Aug-04 1:50 
GeneralTrash Pinmembergoklll2-Aug-04 6:47 
GeneralRe: Trash PinsussAnonymous2-Aug-04 22:30 
QuestionWhere's the beef? PinmemberNGS 54967226-Jul-04 5:47 
AnswerIt is in yr lunch sandwich PinmemberWoodFire3226-Jul-04 9:35 

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