So I took a plunge and installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my main home PC. So far so good, but there is one annoyance - the system "locks" the computer after a period of inactivity causing me to re-enter my password.
I really would like to avoid this, but have no idea how. I already tried the power settings (no pass on wake up) and the screen saver settings with no luck. Is this some sort of bug, or am I missing something?
P.S. In this case I favor convenience over security.
You can get rid of the lock screen (before the login prompt) by means of a policy change. Start gpedit.msc, then go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Personalization and in the left pane double-click the setting Do not display the lock screen and set it to Enabled.
Type "EAS" in the Metro Start Screen and click Settings on the right side. From there you can reset the EAS Policies. This will help if you have connected a mail account which enforces some security policies.
If you have a non-english Windows installed try the following (instead of typing EAS):
Win+X and open Control panel > Control Panel > User Accounts > Reset Security Policies.
After this, you should be able to disable the requirement for password under PC Settings → User.
I think this is a bug, at least on my installation If i change the screen saver timeout from the default 5 mins to anything else then click OK or Apply and come back to Screen saver settings it has reverted back to 5 mins