Windows 10 Sign In Options

Dear Computer Lady,

I have a question for you.

I now use windows 10 primarily at home on the desktops.

I would like to know if it is possible to disable requiring the retyping of the passcode every few minutes! Is really annoying when step away to do a supportive task and have to reopen! This is not a portable or travel machine, so is it really necessary? I can understand when powering up. Seems somewhat overkill to me. I have searched how to stop to no avail.

Thanks in advance, Neta

Dear Neta,

Sounds like all you need to do is adjust your sign in options, here is how:

1. Click on the start flag and click on the “Settings” icon. It looks like a little gear just above the power icon.

2. In the, “Windows Settings” window, click on, “Accounts”.

3. Look in the left hand column for, “Sign in options” and click on it.

4. The very first option should have the heading, “Require sign-in” and under that is a drop down list. Click on the list and click to select, “Never”

5. Close the window. Now, your computer will require a password when you start it up, but not when you wake it from sleep.



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    • ron007
    • June 10, 2017

    Yes, the password protected lock screen kicking in too quickly. But the lock screen plays another part too. It is the first step in the process to automatically turn off the computer. An you probably would like the system to automatically power down at some point.

    Rather than turning it off completely you can change the default to turn on the lock screen to make it longer, anything up to 4 hours. That way if you leave the computer for a long time it will still go to the lock screen and eventually go to “sleep” to power down at intervals you select up to 4 hours after last use (that is a bit overkill).

    Go to Settings > System > Power & Sleep. There you can set separate intervals for the lock screen and system sleep to be triggered.

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