Windows 8 signing off when PC sleeps – How to fix it?

Despite of using Windows 8 for a while now still there are users out there who face problems using the feature or system functionality on the new OS.  In this tutorial we will be discussing about how to resolve the issue with PC turning off when sent to sleep mode.

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However for a novice it can be really surprising as when directed to sleep mode the system without entering the sleep mode it turns off. Here is how you8 can resolve this issue on Windows 8.

This issue is probably due to the enabled feature – screen saver password protection. So, here is how you can enable or disable password on screen saver screen.

Using Local Group Policy Editor

Before making any changes make sure to set a restore point so that you can retrieve back if any thing goes wrong.

  • Press Win + R to open Run dialog and type in gpedit.msc and hit enter.
  • This will open the Local Group Policy Editor. Make sure you are operating the system with Admin privelege
  • In Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization
  • Now, double click on Password Protect the Screen Saver.
  • This will open its properties window. Here for Default Screen Saver Password Protection select Not Configured and hit OK.
  • In order to enable Screen Saver Password Protection,  select the radio button beside Enabled,and hit OK.
  • And to Disable Screen Saver Password Protection, simply select Disabled, and hit OK.

Upon selecting your option you can now close the Local group Policy Editor, and to apply the changes either refresh the local Group Policy Editor or restart your computer.

Disabling the Screen Saver Password Protection, the system no longer turns off on entering the sleep mode. Hope this helps you to fix your issues on Windows 8.

So, this is how you can fix issues with Windows 8 PC turning off instead of going to sleep mode.

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