Windows 7 makes me log back in after idling

By royal ford ยท 6 replies
Oct 4, 2012
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  1. Just bought new toshiba satellite with windows 7. I turn on, have to give password. fine. but if I step away for even 5 minutes, it goes back to where I have to give password again to get to my desktop. is there way to just stay logged in until I shut down????
  2. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TS Booster Posts: 322   +65

    Right click on an empty space on your desktop screen. A menu should appear. Scroll down and click on the "Personalize" option. When the "Personalization" window is up, click on the "Screensaver" link -- should be near the bottom right hand corner of the window or screen. You should see the "Screensaver Settings" utility after that. Go ahead and uncheck the "On resume, display logon screen" option. Click "Apply".

    The process comprising the next step varies according to how Windows is set up on a particular computer. But anyway, try going to "Control Panel".Once in the "Control Panel", select "Hardware and Sound".Click on "Power Options". Click on the "Change settings that are currently unavailable" link. If prompted by a UAC, click Yes.Change the "Require a password on wakeup" setting to NO. Then click "OK".

    Hope that helps a little.
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  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    On the spot Dawn1113 :)

    @royal ford: I intentionally configure my systems this way as a security feature for cases where I might be called away from the keyboard. IMO, that's always necessary with a laptop (ie: me).
  4. royal ford

    royal ford TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks all for help on last question. was a snap. now another problem: do I really need linksys? it has started, when I first open computer in morning, to be primary wifi link. all it ever gets is a partial link. I close it, click on home computer site, and that gives me instant, strong computer link. why is linksys suddenly dominant and what happens if I uninstall it? I have windows 7 system and comcast cable router. thanks, royal.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    If you have more than one system trying to have Internet access - - yes. I recommend it regardless, as the features (NAT & SPI) protect you from direct access for attackes

    ?? what has started? The linksys is hardware and outside your PC, so as long as power is on, it is always running. What is a partial link in your mind?

    do you mean you close the WiFi connection to the linksys?

    there is nothing to uninstall for the linksys.

    I think you have a setup like
    • Comcast == Linksys - - wifi - - your pc
    correct me if this is wrong
  6. royal ford

    royal ford TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have two laptops, each on same system, that is all. it used to be that when I logged in, home share 508 opened and gave me instant access. now, linksys appears with limited link. I have to disconnect it, scroll down to homeshare and hit connect. cannot find linksys listed anywhere on my computer.
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    Hmm; Usually from experience, I can decode user comments into specific hardware & software, but I'm having difficulty understanding what you see, where you click, and how your system(s) are accessing the internet.
    For us in networking Linksys is a brand name of Routers, Switches and Hubs and they have no software installed on your systems.

    Let's start by having you post some screen shots
    • start the Program -> Accessories -> Paint program (to create the pictures)
    • get a problem you're concerned with visable
    • hold the SHIFT key while striking PRNTSCR
    • bring the Paint program to the front and paste into it (ctrl-v)
    • use File->Save As, give it a name and use the JPG format. Place it into a folder you can easily find
    Now you can follow-up to this topic and attach the JPG files you wish to show me.

    ? home share 508 opened
    ? now, linksys appears with limited link
    ? scroll down to homeshare and hit connect

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