If you want to enable or disable Require sign in on Wakeup setting in Windows 11 or Windows 10 then you can do it with the help of the Local Group Policy Editor and the Registry Editor.
By default, Windows 11/10 doesn’t require you to log in or enter your password when it wakes up from the Sleep mode. You can make Windows require a password on wake up from Sleep using Windows Settings. However, if you want to apply the same setting across the users on your computer, the Windows Settings method doesn’t work. You need to use either the Local Group Policy Editor or the Registry Editor in such situations.
As you are about to use the Registry Editor, it is always recommended to backup all Registry files and create a System Restore point.
How to enable or disable Require Sign in on Wakeup using Group Policy
To enable or disable Require Sign in on Wakeup using Group Policy, follow these steps:
- Press Win+R to open the Run prompt.
- Type msc and hit the Enter button.
- Navigate to Sleep Settings in Computer Configuration.
- Double-click on the Require a password when a computer wakes (plugged in) setting.
- Choose the Enabled option.
- Click the OK button.
- Double-click on the Require a password when a computer wakes (on battery) setting.
- Click the Enabled option.
- Click the OK button.
To know more about the aforementioned steps, continue reading.
At first, you need to open the Local Group Policy Editor on your computer. For that, press Win+R to display the Run prompt, type gpedit.msc, and hit the Enter button.
Once the Local Group Policy Editor is opened on your computer, navigate to this path:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Power Management > Sleep Setting
Here you can find two settings: Require a password when a computer wakes (plugged in) and Require a password when a computer wakes (on battery). You need to double-click on each setting, select the Enabled option, and click the OK button.
After that, your computer will ask for a password when it wakes up from Sleep.
How to turn on or off Require Sign in on Wakeup using Registry
To turn on or off Require Sign in on Wakeup using Registry, follow these steps:
- Press Win+Rto open the Run dialog.
- Type regedit > hit the Enter button > click the Yes
- Navigate to Microsoftin HKLM.
- Right-click on Microsoft > New > Key.
- Name it as Power.
- Right-click Power > New > Key.
- Name it as PowerSettings.
- Right-click on PowerSettings > New > Key.
- Set the name as 0e796bdb-100d-47d6-a2d5-f7d2daa51f51.
- Right-click on the subkey > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name it as ACSettingIndex.
- Double-click on it to set the Value data as 1.
- Click the OK button.
- Create another DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it as DCSettingIndex.
- Set the Value data of DCSettingIndex as 1.
- Reboot your computer.
To know more about these steps, continue reading.
At first, press Win+R > type regedit, and hit the Enter button. Then, if the UAC prompt appears on your screen, click on the Yes option to open the Registry Editor on your computer. After that, navigate to this path:
Right-click on the Microsoft key, select New > Key and name it Power. Then, right-click on the Power key, choose New > Key, and name it PowerSettings.
Following that, right-click on the PowerSettings key, choose New > Key from the context menu, and name it as 0e796bdb-100d-47d6-a2d5-f7d2daa51f51.
Next, you need to create two REG_DWORD values in the 0e796bdb-100d-47d6-a2d5-f7d2daa51f51 sub-key. For that, right-click on 0e796bdb-100d-47d6-a2d5-f7d2daa51f51 and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
Set the name as ACSettingIndex. Now, you need to set the Value data. For that, double-click on the ACSettingIndex and enter 1 as the Value data.
Click the OK button.
Next, you need to create another REG_DWORD value named DCSettingIndex and set the Value data as 1. For that, you can repeat the same steps as mentioned above.
Once you are done with all these steps, you need to restart your computer to get the changes.
How do I require a password on startup?
To let Windows 11/10 ask for a password on startup, you need to set a password on your computer. The default setting of Windows 11/10 makes it mandatory for users to enter the user account password to log into the computer. Therefore, you can head to the Windows Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options > PIN. Then, you can choose a password as per your requirements.
How do I change the Wake Up settings on Windows 11?
If you want to adjust or change your power and sleep settings on Windows 11, then open the Settings app, access the Power & battery section (in the System category), and expand the Screen and sleep section. Now you can set when should your screen turn off and go to sleep on battery mode and plugged-in mode separately. If your PC has a presence sensor built-in, then you can also use Automatically turn off my screen when I leave, Automatically wake up my device when I approach, and set Presence settings.
Read: How to turn off Hybrid Sleep when PC is on battery or plugged in.