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Windows 7: Computer suddenly locks itself, trying to get it to stop

24 Oct 2012   #1
MetalMan228

Windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 
Computer suddenly locks itself, trying to get it to stop

Hi everyone. I tried to search the forums before i made this post, but cannot seem to find a post that helps me out. My PC is suddenly deciding to lock itself after being left alone for a while. It happens whether i just leave it sit with the monitor off, or even if i put the computer to sleep if i am going to be a way for a while. It never did this before. Please note the following:

There is NO screensaver
There is NO password
The computer is NOT on a network
The display is set to turn off NEVER.

I have set my PC for use with High Performance Audio, and do not want it to sleep, lock, or have a screen saver start up while in the process of ripping, burning CD's etc.

This just started two days ago. I have not downloaded or changed anything or any setting. I just came home, and had set my PC to sleep. When i got home, the monitor was on with the Login screen showing and saying it is locked. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


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24 Oct 2012   #2
ThermoDust

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

By locked you mean it is now asking you for a password to login or the screen is just in the lock state?

....You may want to check the task scheduler to see if there is a task in there set to lock the machine after idle.
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24 Oct 2012   #3
MetalMan228

Windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

When i turn the monitor back on i see a screen asking if i want to change users and that this PC is "locked". I have to click on my name to unlock it. I checked the task scheduler and found nothing unusual.
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24 Oct 2012   #4
ThermoDust

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Have you check the advanced settings on that plan? Maybe it got changed in there some how.

Advanced Windows 7 Power Options
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24 Oct 2012   #5
Bumpkin

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

See if you can do a System Restore to a date before the problem started.

Click on the Start button and type System Restore, click on System Restore and when you get to the window with your restore points, select a date before you had problems. Notice the box in the lower left corner "Show more restore points"
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24 Oct 2012   #6
MetalMan228

Windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Ok, i went to the advanced power settings and found that it may have been asking for a password, see 1st pic.

I reset it as shown in 2ed pic.

I will have to wait a while, (few days??) to see if the problem clears, but i think that may have been the it. I do believe that i had it set that way when i first made the adjustments for HP audio, but the "require a password" was not highlighted. And I occasionally remember having the locking problem, but not all the time. Never put two and two together!


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24 Oct 2012   #7
ThermoDust

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Good! Hope this works.
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25 Oct 2012   #8
MetalMan228

Windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

Well, i put my PC to sleep this morning, ran some errands, and when i came home the monitor was on again, and the PC was once again locked. I guess that did not solve the problem. OK, Round two!! Next suggestion please, lol.
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25 Oct 2012   #9
ThermoDust

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Well, if the machine is not staying asleep then there is a program or another computer on the network that is waking it up. Do you have any other computers on the network? What programs are running... such as Anti-Virus, things that are always running...?
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28 Oct 2012   #10
MetalMan228

Windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

There is nothing running that has not always been on my PC, so this is a rather recent issue for it. I am hoping to not try the restore option either. After a few more days now the computer only locks now if put into sleep mode. It is fine and does not lock at any other time.
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