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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 or 8 or 10 Not Require a Password on Wake

Windows 10, 8, or 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. Hint: you can search Control Panel for “Power Options” or just “wakeup” to get there.


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 8 Touch Devices Not Require a Password

If you’re using a Windows 8 tablet you can open up PC settings, and then click on Accounts.

From there, use the Sign-in options on the left-hand side to get to the security options. You can assign a picture password or a PIN, which could be useful instead of using a password. If you really just want to get rid of the password, use the Password policy section below.

Clicking the Change button will allow you to stop requiring a password.

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 09/20/14
  • Dlang

    A new trick that I use is now picture passwords too. Clicking a picture is way less annoying to me than typing a full password. And for the most part, should be about as secure. This way I really don't mind it still being there on wake from sleep (have kids, so anything to keep there grubby little ice cream covered hands off my computer is a + )

  • Xhi

    I think the Bible said it best. "Spare the rod, spoil the computer"

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