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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #1381

    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64

    Quote Originally Posted by Gork View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by 4xMeister View Post
    It looks like the newest round of updates for Windows 8.1.1 (May Patch Tuesday Updates) has fixed the Sleep Problem for Me!!!!!!
    Not for me...

    And just to provide clarity - though I believe I've explained it before - my computer will sleep for a time after a clean reboot but eventually stops on a time scale unrelated to the routine maintenance.
    Thanks for the report

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  2. #1382

    For me, I also don't see any relationship between sleep issues and maintenance. Just can't see any link, here.

    As for the latest updates, I did wonder as there were 6 x 8.1 updates. My system has spells of goodness then I see a few non sleeps. Just before those updates it was in the naughty phase but since the updates, sleep has been faultless.

    However, I am not holding my breath as we have all seen the "oh, not again" moments. But, now the ice has been broken by 4xMeister I thought I would chime in. May be in a month's time we will know!!

    Interested in your follow up 4xM.
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  3. #1383

    Didn't take long!!! Left comp at 0955 and came back at 1050 to find it awake (timeout set to 10 min).

    No system events in log after 0930.

    Knew I should have waited to report! Same old, same old.
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  4. #1384

    Posts : 187
    Windows 8.1 Pro/ Windows 8 Enterprise

    Hi, maybe you have tried that but I have found a *SIMPLE SOLUTION TO THE SLEEP ISSUE*- open Control panel/System and Security/Power options/Require a password on wakeup/Change settings that are currently not available and untick the Sleep (Show in Power menu), save changes. Then put the tick back again. This simple thing resolved my sleep issue. Anyone interested in the Maintenance issue- open Control panel/System and security/Find and fix problems/View all- first run Windows Update and then System Maintenance. After that open Action center/Change Action center settings/Untick Automatic Maintenance/Click OK. Then put the tick back. Hope this works for all of You. Good luck!
    Last edited by werty; 19 May 2014 at 13:21.
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  5. #1385

    Thanks for the suggestion, werty. Done that so will see. Need to wait a month, though!!
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  6. #1386

    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA

    Bazz, Thanks for the Smart Power link. I tried it but it was a real busy program with a lot of stuff I didn't need so I uninstalled it. It also had a lot of confirmation dialogues to change power settings. Did not see if it worked as well as Standby Helper. Anyone have luck with the program?

    As the srvnet issues, some other site had some really heavy duty posts about it and sleep by some real savvy posters months ago (have no idea where or when any more tho). Doing a Google search on srvnet may help as there are a ton of hits and a lot of them have to do with sleep issues.

    The KB2955164 update has a ton of fixes but no mention of sleep anywhere. Here is a list of what is in it. The first part is in German but the fixes are in 'Merican:
    Update Rollup KB2955164 für Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1 und Windows Server 2012 R2
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  7. #1387

    Quote Originally Posted by eats7 View Post
    I've given up. I think i'm going to nuke it and reinstall windows. what a pain in the ass. but i just cant figure out why it wont go to sleep.
    Nuke is the best!
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  8. #1388

    Quote Originally Posted by bru View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BazzaG View Post

    Resolution (actually a work-around), run the following command in a elevated command prompt:

    powercfg -requestsoverride DRIVER srvnet System

    This command tells system (Windows) to ignore all power requests made by the SRVNET driver.

    The problem with this, is that you may have some genuine network connections or run some server & may not want to sleep when you are sharing/streaming/syncing. If this is the case, then you could use SmartPower & configure it to ignore the Power Request queue but monitor some active pgm and/or network connections.


    To reverse the above change run the following:

    powercfg -requestsoverride DRIVER srvnet

    To view all ignored drivers and processes run:

    powercfg -requestsoverride
    Running that command did not fix my sleep issue.

    Just to make things clear (again)


    1) Leave Homegroup
    2) Deactivate Files and printer sharing
    3) Set power plan to "BALANCED" (after reset this plan to default mode)

    Now if you make POWERCFG /REQUESTS you should see nothing

    C:\Windows\system32>powercfg /requests

    SYSTEM :




    srvnet sleep issue is around for some time now. For a reason I ignore, when you are in Homegroup and share files, if 2 computers from your network are awake at the same time then srvnet will keep them awake. Even if you do an override, it won't do the trick. For "BALANCED" power plan part, it's because there is an hidden option that allow remote connections to keep your PC awake. By default, in BALANCED mode, it's set to NO. In HIGH PERFORMANCE, that hidden option is set to YES and srvnet becomes INVINCIBLE!

    The RANDOM sleep issue we're talking about here has nothing to do with srvnet sleep issue. Just a reminder. NOTHING IS SHOWN IN POWERCFG /REQUESTS

    Note: I think in BALANCED power mode you can activate files sharing without having a srvnet issue, but I'm not sure. The problem is HOMEGROUP I'm pretty sure. I found out when my PC didn't sleep only when my laptop was awake. Since then I don't use HOMEGROUP feature since I've got a SERVER. You need to try and error on this until you got something that works.
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  9. #1389

    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA

    Quote Originally Posted by orbitalfenestra View Post
    The problem is HOMEGROUP I'm pretty sure. I found out when my PC didn't sleep only when my laptop was awake. Since then I don't use HOMEGROUP feature since I've got a SERVER. You need to try and error on this until you got something that works.
    Orbit, in the previous posts here, many people found that disabling IPV6 (which disables Homegroup) or disabling Homegroup would fix the sleep issue. Since I use Homegroup all the time, I could not live without it.

    I am trying to see if changing to high power and disabled made any difference and will get back with a yea/ nay on that. I am assuming this is the setting you are talking about?

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  10. #1390

    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1.1

    No Luck Back to the Ol' Still not wanting to sleep....... back to the ol' drawing board. Which means - waiting until the next round of Window updates to see if Microsoft issues a patch, or if someone (including myself) discovers a true fix.
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