XP Pro password fails in screen saver?

October 26, 2010 at 06:57:12
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 3 / 1G
I'm running XP Pro (SP3) on my multi-user account "tower", my wife's laptop, and another laptop (all work grouped). The "tower" and wife's laptop are both set up for multi-users. Recently (since about Oct. 10th, 2010) when either of those two go to "screen saver" for more than a few minutes I get "did you forget your password" when attempting to re-log onto any account, the one that was active but dormant long enough for the screen saver to activate or even other accounts such as "admin". There is no way I'm typing the wrong password(s). Re-booting fixes this but then it re-occurs with the same circumstances. I can't find any answers on the web. trl

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October 26, 2010 at 08:57:55
You can't use other accounts only the one that was logged in when the screen saver kicked in.

Simple solution is uncheck the box in the screensaver that says on resume password protect.

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October 26, 2010 at 09:13:48

Thanks for the reply. However, that is not the case. When the screen saver activates and I move the mouse to wake it up, the "login" screen shows all user accounts I have set up, not just the active account. I just forced a very brief screen saver timer, let it go to the screen saver, "woke it up" by moving the mouse and then logged into any account I wanted to, logged them back out and logged back into my normal account. It appears that if the machine is in screen saver for an extended period of time (unsure how long but likely more than 1/2 hour) the failing login occurs (i.e. "Did you forget your password?", forcing me to re-boot to clear the problem. So, I'm still confused as to what is causing this malfunction. In all the years I have used XP Pro, I have never had this problem before. Thanks, trlong01

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October 26, 2010 at 10:27:18
You enable fast user switching?
If so you are seeing the Welcome screen not the screen saver logon screen.

What you describe, with the trouble when the time is extended, may be related to powering down devices like the hard drive. Look at your power management settings. For an experiment I would disable all power management. Then see if this happens again.

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October 27, 2010 at 04:00:56
wanderer, thanks again,

Fast user switching - Yes
Welcome screen - Yes. Machine goes to welcome screen when 15 minute time out for screen saver passes with no activity on account.
Power Management - My wife's laptop does have non-activity times set for hibernation, hard drive(s), system standby... However, the "tower" non-activity timers are set to "Never". I'm on my new to me laptop now which does not exhibit the stated problem. I will have to re-check the device settings on the tower. If they have changed, I don't know how they would have as I didn't change anything to my knowledge and the problem started on both of the machines a couple of weeks ago and I don't know why the passwords would fail. Of course, there is a lot more I don't know than I do know. trl

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