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Windows XP and Account Management

Remove the Password Prompt after Standby or Hibernation

SUMMARY: After hibernation or standby, you can stop Windows XP from asking for your password.

Normally, when you put your Windows XP computer in standby mode or in hibernation, or when Windows XP automatically places your computer in such modes after long periods of inactivity, you are brought back to the Welcome screen where you must enter your password prompt to continue (this is if your computer is password protected). If you'd rather return directly to where you were working, bypassing the password prompt, follow this tip:

1. Click "Start", choosing "Control Panel".
2. Select the "Power Options" control panel.
3. When the "Power Options Properties" multi-tabbed dialog box appears, click the "Advanced" tab.
4. Uncheck "Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby".
5. Click "OK" to close the dialog box.

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