Simple Procedure To Disable Windows Vista And XP From Prompting For Password On Wake Up From Sleep/Standby Mode
Whenever you put your desktop computer into a sleep (standby incase of Windows XP) or hibernation mode, you must have noticed that the system gets locked up at the log on screen prompting you to input user password for unlocking the system and entering the desktop.
The same thing happens when you close the lid of your laptop, unless you have specifically disabled sleep mode on lid closing. Locking up of PC after going to sleep/ standby/ hibernation mode is an ideal security measure as signed in user is away from the machine and a prompt for password to unlock ensures data protection from strangers and hackers.
However, sometimes this creates genuine problems for legitimate usage. Incase of a standalone home PC, the user finds it quite annoying to re-enter password again and again. Also, in a company in which no sensitive data is been handled, another user will unnecessarily have to risk break the logged in session of an existing user in order to log on to the locked PC.
Nevertheless, you can now make some settings in your Windows system to disable it from asking user password whenever it resumes from sleep/ standby/ hibernation mode.
Follow these steps if you are a Windows Vista user.
Follow these steps if you are a Windows XP user.
Once you make these settings, Windows will no longer prompt for password after it resumes from sleep/ standby/ hibernation mode.
1> How to hibernate your laptop.
Remove/Disable/Turn Off Sleep Mode Password Entry Resuming Standby In Windows XP
If you are a Windows XP user, follow the below mentioned steps to disable password while resuming Standby mode:
1. Logon to your PC with administrator rights. Open “Control Panel” by going to the Start Menu.
2. Select “Performance and Maintenance” and open “Power Options”.
3. Within “Power Options” dialog box, go to the “Advanced” tab.
4. Deselect the check box corresponding to the option that asks whether to prompt for user password when the PC resumes from standby.
5. Click on “OK” button.
1> Disable Password Entry while resuming standby In Windows Vista.
Remove/Disable/Turn Off Sleep Mode Password Entry While Resuming Standby In Windows Vista
If you are a Windows Vista user, follow the below mentioned steps:
1. Logon to your PC as an administrator. Go to Start Menu and open “Control Panel”.
2. Choose “System and Maintenance” and go to “Power Options”.
3. Now click “Change plan settings” option for currently active plan.
4. Then click on the link that enables you to change the advanced power settings.
5. Further click on the link that allows you to change the currently unavailable settings. A dialog box “User Account Control” will pop up. Assign permission to continue.
6. Within the dialog box “Power Options”, go to the tab “Advanced Settings” for active power plan and Expand “Additional settings”.
7. Further, expand the option “Require a password on wakeup”. To change the value of this option to “No”, select the option “No” for “Plugged in” and “On battery” from the respective drop-down menus.
8. Click on the “OK” button.
1> Turn Off Sleep mode password request while entering from standby in Windows XP.
‘Hibernate’ feature in a computer is something like a temporary shut down, however it is different from shut down in the sense, once a computer is resumed to normal state from Hibernate, the same processes that were running before the system was ‘hibernate’d will be resumed.
Internally when a system is put to hibernate, an image of current working state is written on to a file on the hard drive and when the computer resumes from hibernation, it reads the saved state data from the file on the disk and restores the system to the same state. ie.. programs that were opened are resumed and network connections are restarted without losing any kind of data that were previously opened.
Hibernate in comparison to Standby takes a bit longer time, as it needs to write to a special file on the hard drive. Hibernate also takes bit longer to resume, since it must go through essentially normal boot process and read from the file on the hard disk. Hibernate is different from Standby as it is almost like temporary shut down.
To enable Hibernate feature follow the steps:
1) Go to Control Panel.
2) Double click “Power Options”
3) From the Power Options window select ‘Hibernate’ tab.
4) Select ‘Enable hibernation’ and click Apply.
There is also another procedure to enable Hiberate feature on your computer. Steps are
1) Click on Start and then click Run.
2) Type “powercfg.cpl” and hit Enter.
3) Now from “Power Options” window selct ‘Hibernate’ tab.
4) Select ‘Enable hibernation’ and click Apply.