Jul 12, 2012
“When I turn my Windows 8 computer back on after placing it in Sleep mode, I come to a screen that won’t let me do anything. It displays the current date and time along with various other information like my computer’s current battery status, but I can’t log in. What is this screen, and why can’t I use my computer?”
When your Windows 8 computer resumes from Sleep, the first thing that you see is the Lock screen. Windows 8 is a very tablet-centric operating system, and it adopts the “slide to unlock” mechanism made popular by devices such as the iPhone and iPad. So, to get out of the Windows 8 lock screen and resume using your computer, you’ll need to drag the lock screen away to reveal the login screen.
- Place the mouse cursor around the middle of the lock screen.
- Click and hold the mouse button.
- Drag the mouse cursor up to slide the lock screen away and reveal the login screen.
- Click the icon representing your Windows user name and type your password if necessary to log in.