PC Doctor October 3, 2012

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Dear PC Doctor:

I got a new laptop, which has Windows 7 on it. I am not very familiar with this system as my old one had Windows XP. I have a lot to learn but my current problem is that I finally figured out how to change my screen saver to ‘none’ because when I am reading something, it has been switching to the screen saver. Therefore, right now I want it to be off. The problem is that when the laptop goes to sleep if I go and have lunch, when I come back I have to put in a password every time. Is there any way to fix that?

            Thanks Bob

Dear Bob:

Congratulations on taking the step to move up to a new operating system and learn how you can fully utilize your new laptop. I am sure you will have it down in no time!

To fix your problem, you just need to fix a setting. Click on the "Start Orb" and then select the "Control Panel". Then choose "Appearance and Personalization" and “Change Screen Saver". Remove the check mark from "On resume, display logon screen". Click "OK" to close the box.

If for some reason that does not work or there was no check mark, move on to the next thing to try. Once again, select “Control Panel” from the “Start Orb” and this time click on "System and Security". Find "Power Options" and select that. On the left hand side, you will see "Require a password on wakeup". Click on that and then choose "Don't require a password". I believe either one of those avenues will help fix your problem.

            PC Doctor

Until next time… happy computing!