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Password - Require on Wakeup

How to Enable or Disable Require Password on Wakeup in Windows 7
Published by baarod
14 May 2009
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How to Enable or Disable Require Password on Wakeup in Windows 7


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Seems a needless extra step to have to log on every time your computer resumes from standby, suspend, or hibernate. This will show you how to resume from suspend directly to the desktop without requiring a password on wakeup.





OPTION ONE
Through Power Options
1. Open the Power Options Advanced Plan Settings.

2. Click on the Change settings that are currently unavailable link.

3. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

4. To Disable Require Password on Wakeup
A) Change the Require a password on wakeup setting to NO , and click on OK.
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5. To Enable Require Password on Wakeup
A) Change the Require a password on wakeup setting to YES , and click on OK.
6. Close the rest of the windows you have opened.



OPTION ONE
Through System Settings

NOTE: This option will change the password protection on wakeup setting in all power plans in your user account.
1. Open the Control Panel (Icons View), and click on the Power Options icon.

2. In the left pane, click on the Require a password on wakeup link. (see screenshot below)
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3. Click on the Change settings that are currently unavailable link. (see screenshot below)
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4. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes (if administrator) or enter administrator's password (if standard user).

5. To Disable Require Password on Wakeup
A) Select (dot) Don't Require a password. (see screenshot below step 7)

B) Go to step 7.
6. To Enable Require Password on Wakeup
A) Select (dot) Require a password. (see screenshot below step 7)
7. Click on the Save changes button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The Save changes button will remain grayed out until you make a change in the settings.
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8. You can close the Power Options window when done. (see screenshot below step 2)




OPTION THREE
Through an Elevated Command Prompt
1. Open an elevated command prompt.

2. To Disable Require Password on Wakeup
WARNING: If you've created custom power profiles you'll have to get the GUID for the one you want to change from powercfg -l first and substitute it for the <profile> parameter in these commands below.
A) In the elevated command prompt type these commands below and press enter following each one.
Code:
powercfg -SETACVALUEINDEX <profile> SUB_NONE CONSOLELOCK 0
powercfg -SETDCVALUEINDEX <profile> SUB_NONE CONSOLELOCK 0
NOTE: where <profile> is SCHEME_BALANCED, SCHEME_MAX, SCHEME_MIN or a custom profile GUID from powercfg -l

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17 Jun 2009   #1
swears

Windows 7
 
 

I'd like to disable the password on wakeup, however, the "require password on wakeup" setting is greyed out, and I cannot change it from yes to no.

Any suggestions?

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17 Jun 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Swears, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You would just need to click on the Change settings that are currently unavailable link first to ungrey it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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28 Jun 2009   #3
scrfix

Vista
 
 

Hello,

I am utilizing the command line for this. In Vista, you have to know the profile name or GUID before you can edit the setting.

I know that I can get that by utilizing powercfg -getactivescheme however when I do that I get returned:
Power Scheme GUID: 49ef8fc0-bb7f-488e-b6a0-f1fc77ec649b (Dell Recommended) which will be different for every computer.

All I need is the 49ef8fc0-bb7f-488e-b6a0-f1fc77ec649b
How would I capture just that in a variable?

I was thinking about the following code however it comes back as missing an operand. Any help would be much appreciated.

Code:
@echo off
For /F "Tokens=*" %%A In ('powercfg -getactivescheme^|Findstr /I /C:": "') Do Set /A _ActiveScheme=%%B
powercfg -SETACVALUEINDEX %_ActiveScheme% SUB_NONE CONSOLELOCK 0
powercfg -SETDCVALUEINDEX %_ActiveScheme% SUB_NONE CONSOLELOCK 0
Wayne Leiser, CTO
Spectacular Computer Repair
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29 Jun 2009   #4
betawind

Ubuntu Linux 8.10
 
 

Not to try and start a flamewar or anything of that nature, but I have to disagree with the statement "Seems a needless extra step to have to log on every time your computer resumes from standby, suspend, or hibernate". Anyone that uses a notebook that has any data on the notebook that they consider private should really consider keeping this on. Without that password someone can snatch a notebook and have full unrestricted access to the data. While a hibernate password will not keep a determined person out of your notebook, as there are multiple NT password recovery tools bootable from CDs or USB, used in conjunction with whole disk encryption (such as TrueCrypt) can keep your data almost 100% safe.

When a person encounters a screensaver or hibernate password and they want access to the system, they can normally just hard reboot the box, boot to a NT password recovery CD, reset or change the password and bam! (Just like Emeril!) they're in. With whole disk encryption when they try to reboot the box they won't be able to access the hard drive at all
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29 Jun 2009   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Betawind,

While that is true with laptops and should be used with them, the average home user with a desktop may find this a but tedious if security is not a concern for them.

I would say that if security is a concern, then using BitLocker would be a much better choice instead.
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29 Jun 2009   #6
betawind

Ubuntu Linux 8.10
 
 

Hello Brink, thanks for the reply. I don't know if I can see entering a password when resuming after hibernating being too tedious, but that's just me. Depending on how your hibernation settings are set the computer shouldn't be hibernating every 10 minutes when you walk away to check on the kids. If it is, you should rethink your hibernation settings

I truly believe that anyone can benefit from beefing up security on their home machines, even desktops (although since I just bought my first laptop I've gone a bit security crazy with hit, hence my last post). Things like whole disk encryption are becoming more and more of a necessity in my opinion as methods to steal data become more and more advanced. Even if you don't think there is anything on your computer of value, there is probably someone out there that does.

Just my two cents though

On a side note, I saw the tutorial you wrote on changing the login screen background, kudos for that Any chance I could get a copy of that background? I'd love to use that on my computer
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29 Jun 2009   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I agree, people should use more security to be safer. You can download the images from my album on my profile page.
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29 Jun 2009   #8
scrfix

Vista
 
 

Hey guys,

I guess nobody in here is batch programmers because my original question was never answered. I did figure it out however so it does not need to be answered.

As far as security, while you are correct in stating that people can benefit, we have to remember what the client wants and what is more user-friendly to the client. I have well over 1500 clients each year that come in and want me to turn that feature off because it is annoying to them.

I also have clients that have configurations on their computer when the computer goes into standby and it asks for a password, the password will not function properly on Vista. They have to reboot their system in order to get into their system no matter how many times they attempt to enter their correct password. The password has been changed multiple times.
They have multiple user accounts on the computers, they utilize control userpasswords2 in order to auto-logon to one user account for their network. When anything that comes up bring them to the sign on screen, whether user interacted or computer related, they cannot log back into that original account. They have to reboot the system in order to get back in. This is just another reason not to have it.

Every single person out there has different needs. Some people will not benefit from having this on only because of their particular scenario.

Now, getting into scripting which is what this post was originally about. Batch files are fantastic. I did not realize how fantastic and how much easier my life has been until I learned how to script them. I perform the same functions over and over again, day in and day out. I can script these functions and do them automatically. If you work in Computer Repair such as I do, bat file programming is a must. I am glad the original poster posted this up because this was one small piece of a puzzle that I was looking for when I was automating one of my tasks. Thanks to the original poster.

Wayne Leiser, CTO
Spectacular Computer Repair
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23 Jul 2009   #9
Jackal5

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Swears, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You would just need to click on the Change settings that are currently unavailable link first to ungrey it.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
I'll try this when I get home because mine is greyed out too. I've already gotten a BSOD over this stuff and a whole lot of hang ups on booting up. Hopefully these instruction is all that I will need to follow.
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