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Prevent Windows Asking for a Password on Wake Up from Sleep/Standby

If you’ve configured Windows to automatically log you in rather than having to enter a password, you might find it annoying that you still need to enter a password when your PC comes out of sleep mode. Here’s the quick fix.

Make Windows 7 Not Require a Password on Wake

Windows 7 makes the whole thing a lot easier—just head into Power Options in Control Panel, then click the “Require a password on wakeup” on the left-hand side.


Then click the “Change settings that are currently unavailable” link…


Then you can click the “Don’t require a password” radio button, and make sure to Save your changes.


Make Windows Vista Not Require a Password on Wake

Head into the Power Options in Control Panel, find the power plan you’re using, and then click the Change plan settings link (which will look slightly different in Vista)


Then click the “Change advanced power settings” link at the bottom of the screen.


And then the “Change settings that are currently unavailable” link… yeah, at this point it’s starting to get tedious.


And now, you can finally change the “Require a password on wakeup” to No. Make sure to do it for both.


And that’s how we do it.

Changing the Setting for Windows XP

In Windows XP, the process is a little simpler—just head into the Power Options in Control Panel, find the Advanced tab, and then uncheck the box for “Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby”.


And now you should be free from logins.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/18/09

Comments (7)

  1. 95-er

    And what about Windows 95?!?

  2. jonrichco

    But basically many people would be loopy to turn off password on resume – why? if you’ve set a password at all, it means you have information on the computer that you don’t want a thief or coworker to own. If you turn off password on resume, whoever has access to your computer when it’s asleep has access to your whole hard drive (except what you’ve encrypted or password protected). Bad move. I for one would never turn off the requirement for a password on resume.

  3. Azam Zia

    Thanks alot for this post.

  4. taz

    windows 7 not able to not show the login screen as annyoing and was drving m crazy.. hope this works.. seems that it will …thanks alot xx

  5. Yolanda

    Thanks, that crazy log in was really buggin’ me, especially since my laptop was set to eco mode and went off frequently. Big sigh of relief!

  6. Vatomalo

    Not really loopy, what if you use remote desktop which if im not wrong requieres a password. but then disconnecting from the rdp you get the logg inn screen again, being afk it suxxx

  7. Erik


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