Thank you very much for explaining.
Well, I went through the whole thread over the last couple of days and tried all the suggestions but I'm still SOL. I'm running a clean install of 8.1 Enterpriese on an Asus P8Z77-V Pro MB, never had Homegroup set up and confirmed its disabled, I fully disabled Skydrive (don't use it anyways), I don't use Metro apps (everything that can be uninstalled is uninstalled), I do use a MS Account for login, disabled USB power options for my Logitech keyboard/mouse, and I need WOL enabled so my XBMC HTPC can wake it up to stream content from my PC.
Basically, the PC wont go to sleep on its own but it will go to sleep if I put it to sleep manually and it will stay asleep (seemingly) until I send a WOL command.
It is bringing back bad memories as when I first did a clean install of Win 8 last year, I had power problems as well but they seemed to be driver issues as after Asus released updated drivers and I did a wipe/reinstall, things worked themselves out.
Since I've reinstalled way too many times already due to another issue, I'm not tempted to go back to 8.0 just to get this fixed. I guess I'll either have to manually put it to sleep each time I walk away from it, or just switch back to Windows 7 since I have a dual boot setup.
Errr... Why can't things just 'work' the way they should? Or why do I continually have bad luck as of late with regards to tech.
I also have Lady Dual Boot, who has Windows 8.1 and the sleep problem, and it's a pain in the tookus to go back and forth . . . I hate that I can't install some of my programs on both Windows 8 & Windows 7; after all, it's the same system. Anyhoo, I will continue to work on the problem (following suggestions and workarounds here) on that system and hope for the best.
This SkyDrive issue is even slowing down the Explorer.
The sleep function of Windows 8.1 seems to be very fragile. While I have managed to keep it going here, you need to be very careful when you install software on your PC.
While VirtualBox 4.3.2 seems to work better already, it still can give you troubles with the sleep function of Windows. This is another program that is now on my blacklist, and I will keep checking until they bring out a working version for Windows 8.1.
And, I also have noticed that enabling Hybrid Sleep can give you an unreliable system. Sometimes it sleeps, sometimes it doesn't go to sleep. I couldn't see any errors popping up in the event viewer that can explain this behavior. Although, I also noticed that the time to initiate sleep and when it goes to sleep takes a lot longer in Hybrid sleep. (Could it be that it sometimes takes so much time that maybe the Power service then cancels sleep because it takes too long. Just guessing here.)
However, I can still say that my PCs are going to sleep... at the moment.
-> Sleep (Hybrid sleep off, but with MS Account active.)
-> SkyDrive works normally now. (iolo System Mechanic Pro caused this problem, which also broke the sleep function.)
-> Since the recent updates of a lot of different apps by Microsoft, I don't see the DCOM 10016 errors anymore.
It seems Microsoft did fix the DCOM 10016 errors with those updates of the Apps yesterday. Although, I thought they had said that apps were now going to be installed automatically in Windows 8.1, but I still had to go into the store and then go into Settings -> App updates -> Check for updates to get them downloaded and installed.
I checked all my PCs but couldn't find any DCOM 10010 errors anymore the past 24 hours even when I didn't do anything to fix this.
PS: I just read on this forum that Windows 8.2 could be out by January 2014 already. I hope we will get a bug-free version then, because I don't want to spend so much time on troubleshooting again.
Folks, after coming perilously close to trashing my hard drives, I have decided to quit working on this. I have not found a reliable fix that I am willing to live with. For now, I just put my power button as a sleep switch and when I get out of my chair, hit the button. It works every time, heh! I will check in occasionally as I am still curious but I have a feeling that MS will need to fix this. Meantime, I got Homegroup back up and running very smoothly with a new install of Win8.1.
Back to my new XBox One!
Thanks for everything you've done to solve this issue, John. I think I can speak for everyone that we all appreciate your work.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure Microsoft will have to fix the issue, but until they're willing to listen to their customers (US), it won't be resolved and that's a shame.
I keep watching this thread hoping for a solution and will continue to do so.
Thanks again for all your hard work, and I'll wait until you're ready to dive back in.
8 on this older Acer worked without a hitch and was stable. 8.1 is as buggy is fleas on a dog. I'm certainly having and have had problems. Little by little I see issues being resolved. Live tiles are working now. Even my Netflix tile that so many had problems with. I'm seeing more additions to the system is well.
No sleep for old Acer yet though. A high five to all those that worked hard in trying to find the sleep solution. You covered all the nooks and crannies. It seems that there are a lot of variables. Microsoft will have to come up with the fix. I'm quite sure via the CEIP that they know of all the issues and a team hard at work with developers and partners to find fixes. I'm quite sure in time they will come.