Windows Password Required to Wake

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I have windows 7 on an hp pavilion 747c. I recently changed my screen saver and then changed it back to “none.”

Now when the computer goes to sleep and I wake it, I must put in my password every time.

Thank you. I’ve enjoyed your column for a long time.


Dear Karen,

It sounds like you just need to go back and change one little setting. Here is how.

Click on the “Start Orb” and then click on, “Control Panel”.

In the Control Panel, click on, “Appearance and Personalization”.

Under the “Personalization” section, click “Change Screen Saver”.

Click to remove the check mark from “On resume, display logon screen”.

Click “OK” to close the dialog box and save your changes.

If that doesn’t work, or if there was no check mark in front of “On resume, display logon screen” you will need to dig a little bit deeper.

This time, you will need to change a setting in the advanced power options. Here is how:

Go back to the Control Panel, and click on “System and Security”.

Find the “Power Options” category and click on it.

In the left column, click on “Require a password on wakeup”

In the next window, click on “Don’t require a password”.

(You might have to click the link that says, “Change settings that are currently unavailable” before you can click on “Don’t require a password”.

Click the button that says, Save Changes and you will be done.


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