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Lock Your Windows XP Computer To Keep It From Prying Eyes Or Fingers

If your Windows XP account is password protected, it is easy to lock down your machine temporarily while you are away. Just hold down the Windows key on your keyboard and press "L". You'll be taken to the Welcome screen where you will need to enter your password to re-access your machine. This is great in office situations where you need to step away for a minute for a meeting, to get some coffee, to fax a document, etc.
After Hibernation Or Standby, You Can Stop Windows XP From Asking For Your Password.

Normally, when you put your Windows XP computer in standby mode or in hibernation, or when Windows XP automatically places your computer in such modes after long periods of inactivity, you are brought back to the Welcome screen where you must enter your password prompt to continue (this is if your computer is password protected). If you'd rather return directly to where you were working, bypassing the password prompt, follow this tip:

1. Click "Start", choosing "Control Panel".
2. Select the "Power Options" control panel.
3. When the "Power Options Properties" multi-tabbed dialog box appears, click the "Advanced" tab.
4. Uncheck "Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby".
5. Click "OK" to close the dialog box.

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