Stop Computer From Locking Windows 11/10 Automatically - Windows Basics


Thursday, October 6, 2022

Stop Computer From Locking Windows 11/10 Automatically

The lock screen helps prevent unauthorized access when you leave your computer after a certain time.

However, it can be inconvenient when the system locks too quickly or too often. Therefore, you need to enter the password more than once.

Thankfully, you can change various settings to solve this problem and it won't take much of your time.

So don't hesitate any longer, go into the article to learn different ways to prevent your computer from being locked.

How to Stop the Computer from Locking on Windows

From changing settings in the settings app/control panel to tweaking the registry editor, here are several ways to stop the computer from locking when idle or inactive.

Change Sign-in Options

You can change the sign-in options if you don’t want to enter the password each time your PC goes to sleep mode. Here’s how you can do it.

On Windows 10

1. Press the Windows + I key to open the Settings app. 

2. Navigate to Accounts > Sign-in options.

3. Now, on the right pane, expand the dropdown under the Require sign-in section, and set its value to Never

On Windows 11

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Select the Accounts option from the sidebar.

3. Then, scroll down to the Additional settings section.

4. Next, set the value for If you’ve been away, when should Windows require you to sign in again? to Never.

Turn off Dynamic Lock

Dynamic lock is a Windows feature that automatically locks your system whenever your Bluetooth-paired device is out of range. You should turn this off to prevent your computer from locking. To turn it off,

On Windows 10

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Then, navigate to Accounts > Sign-in options.

3. In the right pane, uncheck the Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away checkbox under the Dynamic lock section.

On Windows 11

1. Press the Windows Keys + I to open the Settings app.

2. Select Accounts from the sidebar and expand the Dynamic lock option under the Additional settings section in the right pane.

3. Then, uncheck the Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away checkbox.

Disable Blank Screensaver

Stop computer from locking Windows 11/10 automatically

If you use a screensaver, ensure that it’s not set as blank. The problem is that you will never know that a screensaver is running.

1. Type Screensaver in the Search bar

2. Click on Change Screensaver

3. In the dropdown, check if it is set to blank.

4. If yes, change it to None.

5. Press Apply and exit.

Modify Power Options
If the above solutions don’t help, you can go through the power options on your PC to change the ‘System unattended sleep timeout.’ Several users on the forums reported success in fixing the issue with this method. You can also give it a try.
1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. Type in control in the Open field and press Enter.
2. In the Control Panel window, use the drop-down menu in the top right corner to change the view type to large or small icons. Then, go to Power Options.
3. Click on Change plan settings next to your active power plan.
4. Click on the Change advanced power settings option.
5. In the Power Options window, double-click on Sleep to expand it.
6. Under Sleep, double-click on System unattended sleep timeout to view the set duration.
7. Modify screen timeout to your liking and click on Apply to save changes.
Note: If you’re using a Windows laptop, increase the ‘System unattended sleep timeout’ for both On battery and Plugged in mode.
This will keep Windows from going to the lock screen repeatedly. However, if you can’t seem to locate the ‘System unattended sleep timeout’ under Sleep settings, you’ll have to employ the following registry method to enable it first.
Such problems with Windows can easily disrupt your workflow. Thankfully, troubleshooting isn't too difficult if you know where to look. Follow the tips mentioned above and automatically keep your Windows 11/10 PC from locking itself.

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