Windows Tip: How to Disable or Enable Wakeup Password in Vista

Laptop

There’s not much you can do in terms of some creep stealing your laptop physically from you. Unless, of course, you try to strap it to yourself with cuffs and shackles. But sometimes, all the security you need is from that bozo from the next cubicle who’d like to mess with your computer when you’re by the water cooler or that brown-noser in the meeting room always fidgeting with your laptop right after your presentation. That can easily be fixed by a simple security measure – enabling the password request on wakeup.

It’s quite easy to enable (disable) the password request. If you haven’t really explored Vista, it’s a feature that comes with Vista’s power settings. First, you have to access Power Options. A quick way to do this is to hit the Windows button to bring up the Start menu and at the Start search bar, type in “power options” then hit Enter.

Start Search

At the left pane, you can see as the first option, click on the “Require a password on wakeup” option.

Require Password on Wakeup

This will open the Power Buttons and Password Requirement window. The password settings are located at the bottom half of the window but chances are you might see them disabled.

Power Buttons and Password Requirement

To enable it, click on the “Change settings that are currently available” link. This will prompt an administrator verification popup. Click on allow. This will enable the password requirement options.

Password Protect

Choose either one of the options to enable or disable password requirement on wakeup. Click Save changes and the OK buttons on previous windows to exit.

2 thoughts on “Windows Tip: How to Disable or Enable Wakeup Password in Vista”

  1. my friend just got a computer that is windows vista and we are trying to log and the password is not working. what can we do to disable the password ?

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  2. Thank you so much!!! I’ve been trying to disable this for months now, but could never figure it out. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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