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How to Lock and Sleep Windows 7?

by win7q / July 3, 2011 9:58 PM PDT

When i walk away from my Windows 7 PC, i'd like to lock the screen for good security and put it to sleep for good energy savings. Doesn't that make sense, at least in some situations? But if you lock it, you can't sleep it, and if you put it to sleep, then you can't lock it.

Probably most people lock it and allow it to go to sleep later after a timeout period. But we could all be greener if there were a way to do both sleep and lock at the same time.

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What do you mean by "Lock"?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 3, 2011 10:07 PM PDT

I can do this, (but I never have done so I can't be entirely sure).

Open your Personalization window from the Control Panel, (or right click the Desktop and select Properties), and click the Screen Saver bottom right. In the new window, click "Change power settings". In the new window, depending if you have selected "Balanced" or "Power saver", click the Change plan settings".

In the new window, make sure your settings are as you wish, then click the "Change advanced power settings". Under Balanced then "Require a password on wakeup", click Yes.

That should return you to the Logon screen whenever you wake the system up.

But that's far too complicated for me. I just set the screen saver to return me to the Logon screen whenever I press a key.


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advanced power settings
by win7q / July 3, 2011 10:53 PM PDT

Yes, that did it. The trick was knowing to click on "Advanced Power Settings." I should have known: as usual, MS hides the most useful features under "Advanced."

Screen saver is ok, but sleep is better for green energy savings. Also, my Win 7 computer comes out of sleep very fast. It takes longer (3-4 seconds) to come of screen saver.

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Glad you got it sorted.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 4, 2011 5:07 AM PDT

And I agree, these "Advanced" settings are well hidden in Win 7. Not easy to find at all.


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