Require a password when resuming from a stand-by mode

A screensaver password and a sleep/stand-by password are different settings.


It is likely that your screensaver starts up before your computer goes to sleep, so that may be a better choice on a desktop.

  • In searchbox type “Change screen saver”, then press Enter.

  • In the Screen Saver Settings window, check the box On resume, display logon screen.

  • OK


A laptop is put to sleep when by closing the lid. A screensaver would not be active, and a screensaver password not needed.

For a sleep/stand-by password:

  • Control Panel -> Power Options

  • On the left choose Require a password on wakeup

  • You may have to click the link that says “Change settings that are currently unavailable”

  • Select Require a password

You will be able to wake the computer with your local password.