SOLVED: Advanced Power Settings Greyed Out – Require A Password On Wakeup

If you are Advanced-Power-Settings-Greyed-Out-Require-A-Password-On-Wakeuptrying to adjust your Windows 10 Power Settings and find they are greyed out, there is a simple fix.  Click the CHANGE SETTINGS THAT ARE CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE link near the top of POWER OPTIONS > ADVANCED SETTINGS window.



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    Ayub Shaikh July 7, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Hi – I found the chagne settings was not there too. However, scroll down further to Show additional plans – and voila there is the high performance button.

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    Alan December 24, 2016 at 2:14 am

    The little Shield and the Option mentioned does not appear on my “Advanced Settings” Screen. Is there a way of turning it on?

    • Ian Matthews
      Ian Matthews December 28, 2016 at 11:58 am

      The shield is Microsoft’s way of indicating that an Administrator has to make changes to the setting in question. You can try right clicking on a setting or link and seeing if there is a RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR option, but more than likely not having a shield would indicate that you have User Account Control (UAC enables Windows to run a specific task as an administrator) disabled. Also, I just checked my recently upgraded build of Windows 10 (14986) and found that the entire CHANGE SETTINGS THAT ARE CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE link has been removed.

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        Turkey January 8, 2017 at 10:43 pm

        in which case your orginal post is now moot.

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