There is a specific way of doing this. However, it uses gpedit.msc, which is not included with Vista Home Premium. I have included a link to a hack by me on how to get it to work under Vista Home Premium. THIS IS UNSUPPORTED BY MICROSOFT!
Use the manual install Beta 1.1 at the bottom of the page, not version 1.0. http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/26...ons-vista.html
Once gpedit.msc has been installed: Open the "Computer Configuration
" hive. Now open "Windows Settings" then "Security Settings
". Open up "Account Policies
", and then single click on "Account Lockout Policy
". You should now see three settings in the right hand pane.
- "Account lockout threshold" is the number of failed login attempts before system lockout. 0 is the default. You must specify this value first.
- "Account lockout duration" is time before computer unlocks itself. 30 minutes is the default if lockout is enabled. 0 is never unlock until an administrator unlocks the computer.
- "Reset account lockout counter after" is the time before invalid attemps returns to 0. If you have lockout after 3, and 2 failed attemps, after this time, invalid attemps will return to 0. 30 minutes is the default if lockout is enabled.
Double click on a setting to change it, and once you have double clicked on a setting, click the "Explain
" tab for more details.
Hope this helps,
P.S: I think that richc46's link will only work for systems on a domain, but I may be wrong.