The settings on the "Define power buttons and turn on password protection" dialog box may not match the Advanced power settings

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Symptom



In Windows Vista, if the current active power scheme is not "Balanced" and if you modified the power options manually through the Advanced Power options dialog box, you may find that the settings on the"Define power buttons and turn on password protection" dialog box might not match the real settings in the current active power scheme.



For Example:

1.             The  “Require a password on wakeup” policy in the Balanced scheme is enabled.

2.             The current active scheme is not Balanced and the “Require a password on wakeup” policy in the active scheme is disabled.



In such a situation, when we try to check the setting on the "Define power buttons and turn on password protection" dialog box, the “Require a password on wakeup” policy is shown as Enabled. However, the real policy applied to the system is not enabled since power manager load the policies from the active scheme, not the preferred scheme. They actually don't match.

Cause



This is because the settings on the"Define power buttons and turn on password protection" dialog box are designed to be a global settings and they are supposed to be same in all power schemes. When Windows displays the"Define power buttons and turn on password protection" dialog box, it reads the settings from the preferred power scheme, which is Balanced. The settings displayed here might not match the current power scheme if the currently active scheme is not Balanced. If you change anything on the"Define power buttons and turn on password protection" dialog box and apply it, the change will be applied to all power schemes and the inconsistence of this policy among all schemes will be removed.

Resolution



Change the settings on the"Define power buttons and turn on password protection" dialog box and apply them manually. After that, such inconsistence will not exist.

More Information



Only the following two policies are being affected by this issue.

 

1.     Power button settings

2.       Password protection on wakeup

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Article ID: 970415 - Last Review: April 20, 2009 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
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