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Is it possible to make Windows 7 log in automatically to my password protected account, only when I wake the machine from hibernate?

I usually put my machine in hibernate when I'm gone for a short while, so it isn't at risk. But when I turn it off completely, I'm away for a bit longer and the machine might be at risk.

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You can change this with the options in the Power Control options. Go to Control Panel -> Power Options then you should see an option on the top left of the window that says "Require a password on wakeup" and if you click that you should see this window where you can change whether you get asked for a password on wakeup.

If you are on a corporate network then this may be disabled though and there will be nothing you can do about it.

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Allright, thank you! – Simon Verbeke Nov 20 '11 at 11:44

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