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  1. Posts : 17,012
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #11

    taid said:
    Everything seems to be ok but i have a problem as when the computer recovers from sleep there's what appears to be a screen saver which disappears when i click on it leaving me a log in screen.
    That's called the Lock screen and it can be turned off.
    Enable or Disable Lock Screen - TenForumsTutorials


    Denis
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  2. Posts : 17,012
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #12

    taid said:
    yesterday evening I did a clean install and all appeared to go well.
    taid,

    I would have made a system image first & backed up my drivers.
    Doing so on a new computer allows me to get back to its as-delivered state if I need to.
    Mind you, I have never found any need to do that on any Dell or HP computers and that initial system image & the driver backup just sit on my backup disks using up space.


    Denis
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  3. Posts : 17,012
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #13

    taid said:
    I never set a password, just leave the box empty so clicking on it brings up the desktop.
    I saw Brink mentioned somewhere that that a local account which is what i have 'must' have a password.
    I've installed W10 a few times over the years and always left the password box empty and never had this problem before.
    taid,

    I think you misunderstood something Brink write.
    MSAccount-linked user accounts must have a password.
    Local user accounts do not have to have a password. I vaguely recall that there was one particular thing that was awkward or impossible in Windows 7 if a local account did not have a password.
    Once you have disabled that lock screen I expect your reboot to lead you straight to the Desktop.

    I cannot remember how the Admin prompt behaves when the Admin account has no password. When you've rebooted after disabling the lock screen, you can test this out by right-clicking on the Start button and choosing Device manager / Event viewer / Disk mgmt / Computer mgmt / PowerShell [Admin].
    This is what I see

    and I expect that it is what you will also see.


    If you have other user accounts on the computer then your password-less user account will be a gaping whole in your security while you are logged in to any of them whilst connected to the internet.
    I have additional [spare] local, Admin, password-protected user accounts but I never use them while I'm online anyway. They are just there for fault-finding.
    my ditty - Create two spare local, password-protected Admin accounts [post #2] in Windows 10, 11 - TenForums


    All the best,
    Denis
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  4. Posts : 17,012
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #14

    taid said:
    Not being a computer whiz kid
    And I never intended to learn anything about OSes.
    Until 2011, when I found out that Dell had sold me a computer in 2010 with a faulty WiFi driver*** that I had to investigate on my own, I had managed to focus exclusively on Excel, Access & Word so I could get useful things done. Happy days.
    [*** I had tested everything on receipt but had to go to a hamburger shop to test the WiFi. It had a 3-bar signal strength so all looked well as far as I knew. When I finally fixed the WiFi the following year, I went back there and discovered that I had been sitting on top of their WiFi router when I had done that initial test.]

    All the best,
    Denis



    Welcome to TenForums.

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    - At the foot of the Tutorial index is a shortcut to download it as a spreadsheet.
    - I download a new copy each month.
    - By downloading it as a spreadsheet I can benefit from Excel's excellent filtering capabilities when I search for topics of interest.
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    You can search TenForums using the search box in the top-right corner of all TenForums webpages or using Advanced Search - TenForums
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    Search for drivers by HardwareID site:tenforums.com
    - [This is what the search box in the top-right corner of TenForums webpages does automatically]
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  5. Posts : 117
    Windows 10 Pro, V 22H2 OS Build 19042.1288
    Thread Starter
       #15

    Thanks again Denis.

    I disabled the lock screen, now the laptop wakes up to the log in screen - at least I'm half way there!!! All I need is to be able to disable that now.

    I have two Dell computers here, my main one is an Optiplex 5050 and the laptop is a Latitude 7490 which I got a couple of weeks ago. They both have the same version of W10 namely 22H2 and the same build - 19045-2728 BUT the Sign In Options screens are not the same... The Optiplex has the option to disable Sign in when the computer wakes up but the Laptop does not have that option.

    Incidentally I think I mentioned the laptop is ~3 years old and came with an M.2 which I updated to an NVMe, hence my re-installing. I still have the original M.2 which I can use if all else fails!

    Again I really appreciate your help.

    John
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  6. Posts : 17,012
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #16

    taid said:
    I disabled the lock screen, now the laptop wakes up to the log in screen - at least I'm half way there!!! All I need is to be able to disable that now.
    John,
    Oh. I thought it just went straight through if the password was blank [empty].

    You could choose to give it a decent password then set it up to pass straight through to the Desktop using NetPlWiz.
    Sign in User Account Automatically - TenForumsTutorials
    And do note the cross-reference to another tutorial to use first if your NetPlWiz dialog has no checkbox.


    Denis
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  7. Posts : 17,012
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #17

    taid said:
    ... came with an M.2 which I updated to an NVMe ...
    John,

    M.2 disks [cards] can have Sata interfaces or NVMe interfaces.
    Some M.2 computers can use both M.2 Sata & M.2 NVMe cards.
    - I think somebody told me that computers that can handle both do not make full use of the speed advantage that NVMe offers. I'm not at all sure about that though.
    - M.2 NVMe cards are rapidly becoming the norm. I recently bought a larger M.2 Sata card for one computer and it was very difficult finding one.
    - I also bought two USB enclosures for M.2 so I would have something to test them with / populate them before fitting. I had to buy separate ones for the M.2 Sata & the M.2 NVMe because the enclosure that claimed to be able to handle both failed to do so.


    Denis
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  8. Posts : 117
    Windows 10 Pro, V 22H2 OS Build 19042.1288
    Thread Starter
       #18

    Denis - my apologies again for the late reply.

    A really nice day yesterday and the lady of the house dragged me away from the laptop to help her with some gardening. I'm partially sighted and rely on her to chauffeur me around so I occasionally have to show willing !!!

    Thanks for your mails with good advice and comments. Having to click on the password box only took a minute amount of time but was an annoyance - especially when I couldn't figure out how it happened - and I still can't... I only have a local account and don't have a password on the laptop as I just use it for playing about - surfing, listening to music on YouTube etc...

    In any event you helped me clear it by pointing to the appropriate TenForums tutorial. There were five options but it was the third "Enable or Disable Require Sign-in on Wakeup for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor" that did the trick.

    You also mentioned backups. I've never save individual folders/files etc. as many do. I have two drives in my Optiplex, an N.2 NVMe which is my system drive and an SSD SATA, both 250 GB. I use Casper to clone the M.2 to the SATA every weekend, the whole thing takes less than five minutes. The clone is bootable so should my system disc fail I merely change the boot-up order in bios and I'm good to go. As belts and braces I also clone to an external drive, which is only connected when I'm actually doing the back-up. Like yourself I made a back-up on my Optiplex when it was new but l never actually used it. When I did need a clean re-install two or three years down the line I downloaded the latest W10 from MS.

    Interesting comments also on your external M.2 adaptor. I purchased one a few days ago - supposedly will work with SATA and NVMe. If it works it might be handy to have though the design is pretty bad - USB3 and c connectors but it's really too cumbersome to plug directly in to a laptop - I'll need to get and usb-usb xtn. cable. Also the means of attaching the actual 'disc' or card inside the adaptor is very fiddly - might just finish off using bluetack!

    Thanks again Denis and also all the other posters for your assistance and advice, greatly appreciated and my apologies a this has dragged on a bit... This is a really great Forum.

    Have a nice weekend,

    John
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