If you’ve got a home computer that you put into sleep mode, you might be irritated that you have to enter your password every time it wakes up. In most cases you could just remove or not use a password, but if you are doing file sharing a password is required. So how to resolve this?

It’s very simple, in fact. Open the Power Options through the control panel or start menu search.

On the left-hand side you’ll see a link for “Require a password on wakeup”.

If you still have UAC enabled, you’ll see a link that says “Change settings that are currently unavailable”, which will unlock the options below.

Now you can click the “Don’t require a password” radio button, and then use the Save changes button.

I wouldn’t recommend using this setting if you have a laptop computer that you put into sleep mode while you travel, because if your computer was stolen the thief wouldn’t even have to get through a password to get into your computer.

Not that passwords are all that secure either without encryption.

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