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Logging in to Windows is not the same as providing that password again after sleep or hibernation. Removing the later is a different setting.
After I published How do I login to Windows automatically? a couple of weeks ago, I received several emails telling me that it didn't work - that a password was still required after turning the computer back on after hibernation or standby.
The problem is that those aren't login scenarios. When you're in standby or hibernation, you're already logged in.
For security purposes, each of those features simply requires you to provide your password again before they'll let you back in. It may feel like a login, but in reality, it's unrelated to logging in to your computer.
Let's make your computer a little less secure by turning that requirement off.
In the Control Panel, click on Hardware and Sound and then Power Options:
In the upper left, click on Require a password on wakeup:
If the Password protection on wakeup options are grayed, you may need to click on the link Change settings that are currently unavailable to gain administrative access to these settings.
Click on Don't require a password:
Click Save Changes and you're done.
If you've looked at the text in the Windows dialog boxes along the way to this setting, you can see that there are some dire warnings about security.
Those warnings are accurate and worth paying attention to.
By removing the requirement that a password be supplied to access your computer, whether it's at login time or on resume after sleep or hibernate, anyone who comes along can access your data.
Please be certain that you really, truly intend to go without the protection that requiring a password can give you. I know it's not absolute protection, but requiring a password is definitely a deterrent.
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