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How to require a Password when resuming from Sleep Mode in Windows 7

Description: This is a how-to article on the topic of setting Windows 7 to require a password when resuming from sleep mode. This would prevent unauthorized access to the computer. Note that a password must already be in place in order to require a password. If you need help creating a password, see our how-to article on that topic.

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of the screen.
    Windows 7 Start Button
  2. In the Search Programs and Files box, enter Power Options and select the Power Options option at the top.
    Windows 7 Search Box, Power Options
  3. On the new window, select the Require a Password on Wakeup option in the top left.
    Windows 7 Power Options, Require Password
  4. If prompted, click on the Change Settings that are Currently Unavailable button.
    Windows 7 Power Options, Change Currently Unavailable Settings
  5. Choose to either Require a Password or Don't Require a Password and click Save Changes to complete
    Windows 7 Power Options, Choose