According to the default configuration of Microsoft Windows 7, the operating system goes to sleep mode after the specified time duration. In Microsoft Windows, sleep mode is different from the hibernation mode in a way that when a computer is in sleep mode it still consumes some amount of energy, whereas when a computer is sent to hibernation mode, it can be unplugged from the direct power supply and in case of laptop PCs, it does not even consume the battery.
In either case, when the system wakes up it requests the password for the user account that was logged on before the computer was sent to sleep mode or hibernation. This configuration is default and is kept that way because of security reasons. This configuration is quite appropriate for production environments, where sensitive information is stored on the computers and the organization cannot afford to lose it.
Benefits of Removing Password Protection when Computer Wakes Up
As mentioned above, in most production environments it is appropriate to leave the configuration intact because of security reasons, but this configuration might be quite annoying for home users. The reason is that home users do not understand security threats and also they need not to know about the stuff because they do not have any sensitive information stored in their home PCs.
In homes, when a computer wakes up, users expect to see the desktop screen that they left before the computer was sent to sleep mode. Providing the password when the computer wakes up from the sleep mode might be a tedious and irritating task for such users. Although it is recommended that the default configuration must be left intact, users can still disable it in order to expedite computers’ wake up processes.
Removing Password Protection When Computer Wakes up from Sleep Mode
In order to configure a Windows 7 computer so that it may not ask for the password every time it wakes up, the steps even below must be followed:
- Log on to Windows 7 computer.
- Click Start, and from the displayed menu click Control Panel.
- On the displayed window, click System and Security and on the next window that appears click Power Options.
- On Select a power plan window, from the left bar click Require a password on wakeup.
- On Define power buttons and turn on password protection window, click Change settings that are currently unavailable.
- From the enabled options, click to select Don’t require a password radio button.
- Click Save changes button to save the changes and restart the computer.