How to set power options so that you are not prompted for a password when a Windows XP based-computer resumes from standby

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This article helps you set the power options so that you are not prompted for a password when a Microsoft Windows XP based-computer resumes from standby.

To have us set the power options for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. To set the power options yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.

Fix it for me

To set the power options automatically, click the Fix it button or link. Click Run in the File Download dialog box, and then follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.


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Note this wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.

Note if you are not on the computer that has the problem, save the Fix it solution to a flash drive or a CD and then run it on the computer that has the problem.

Next, go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.

Let me fix it myself

Manual steps to change the power options

To manually set the power options in Windows XP so that you are not prompted for a password when your computer resumes from standby, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type powercfg.cpl, and then click OK.
  2. Click the Advanced tab.
  3. Click to clear the Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby check box.
  4. Click OK.
Windows will not prompt you for a password when the computer resumes from standby. If you want to be prompted for a password, click to select the Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby check box.

Did this fix the problem?

Check whether the problem is fixed by resuming the computer from standby. If you are not prompted for a password, you are finished with this article. If the problem is not fixed, you can contact support.

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Article ID: 909605 - Last Review: September 23, 2011 - Revision: 4.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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