A unique feature of Microsoft Windows, ‘Sleep’ modeconserves power when a user is away from his workstation. During the Sleep mode, a personal computer running on Window OS consumes minimum power, while on. However, a PC on Windows 10/11 on getting up from the sleep mode requires a user to sign-in with the password to work again on the files, he left pending.

A password secured sign-in provides security to a user’s data on a wake up from the unwanted access to his files and folders by others. But, for a user who lives alone or already have better security features on his computer, feels it tedious to sign-in every time when his system awakes from the sleeping mode.

For a user’s convenience, there is the option in Windows to enable and disable sign-in to protect data on a personal computer arousing from sleep. There are many ways to enable or disable the sign-in on the Windows.

  1. Through Windows Settings
  2. Through Registry Editor
  3. Through Local Group Policy Editor  


This is the easiest way to enable/disable sign-in for wake up in windows sleep mode. 

  • Enabling Sign-in
  1. Click on the Settings on Start menu of Windows 10/11.     
  • On the Windows Setting screen select Accounts and click on it. 
  • On the Accounts Screen, on the left panel choose Sign-in options and click on it.   
  • Under the Require sign-in, inside the Sign-in options window select ‘When PC wakes up from sleep’ to enable wake up sign-in.   
  • Disabling Sign-in

For disabling sign-in choose Never from the drop menu under Require sign-in at right panel inside Sign-in options window.  


Windows Registry keeps all the importation information that is required to run the Windows operation system on a personal computer. It is consisted of profiles of users, applications installed on computers, document types, and hardware information, etc. Enabling/disabling sign-in during a system wake up through the Windows registry is required for across all user access other than the current user. Steps to the Registry Editor wake up sign-in process follow as:-

  • Enabling Sign-in 
  1.  First Press Windows + R keys simultaneously that will open Window’s Run dialog box and type dos prompt command regedit, and then click OK  

      It will open Windows Registry with following path on the address bar

  • On the right panel inside the Windows registry screen right click New,  and next on the menu, select and click DWORD (32-bit) Value
  • Now, rename the red marked New Value as ‘DelayLockInterval’  
  • Double click ‘DelayLockInterval’ to enter values    
  • Enter Value data (1) in order to enable wakeup sign-in the Windows sleep mode and restart the computer 
  • Disabling Sign-in

For disabling sign-in enter Value data (0) and restart the computer 


The Windows Group Policy Editor is a Windows administration tool to   configuring vital windows settings by a user on his personal computer. With its help, a Windows administrator can configure passwords, startup programs, applications and setting on a computer.

  • Enabling Sign-in 
  1. Press Windows and R keys together to open Run dialog box.  Next, type ‘gepdit.msc’ in the text box and click on to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  • Inside the Group Policy Editor screen on the left panel use the menu to  navigate to the following location
  • In the Sleep Setting on the right hand panelselect ‘Require a password when a computer wakes (plugged in)’ and double click it.
  • Now click radio button Enabled to activate sign-in option for wake up
  • Disabling Sign-in

For disabling the sign-in, check Disabled radio button.  

Thus, by configuring different settings to enable/disable sign-in during wake up a user can set up the Windows sleep mode according to his preference.

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