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How to Add or Remove "Allow Away Mode Policy" in Power Options in Windows

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Away Mode in Windows is similar to Sleep and Hibernate Mode, it turns off the power of most equipment to save energy and can be fast woken up. Away Mode is designed to enable media PC scenarios that include background media sharing and recording. When the computer is in Away Mode, the system appears off to the useróthe display is off and audio is muted. However, the PC remains in the on state and otherwise fully operational, allowing background tasks to continue.

Away Mode is designed specifically for scenarios where the user is done interacting with the computer, but the system must remain powered on to record a TV broadcast or share media files with other systems and devices. For example, the system might be providing access to Windows Media Center Extender or other consumer electronics devices and therefore must remain available even though the user is not interacting with the system at the local console. Away Mode enables a living room media PC to respond to a userís power on-off requests in the same manner as a television or set-top box that might appear off, but actually continues working.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the "Allow Away Mode Policy" setting under Sleep in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

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This could be handy if you wanted to set this how you wanted, then remove the setting to prevent other users from being able to change it in Power Options.

The Allow Away Mode Policy setting will enable or disable Away Mode for users using the same power plan scheme this was set in.

An example of an Away Mode setting, is the Allow the computer to enter Away Mode for When sharing media in your power plan scheme "Power Options".

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EXAMPLE: "Allow Away Mode Policy" in Power Options

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Here's How:

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The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.


Attributes DWORD

1 = Remove
2 = Add

1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Remove "Allow Away Mode Policy" from Power Options
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.



3. To Add "Allow Away Mode Policy" to Power Options

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.



4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC Windows 7/8) or Continue (UAC Vista), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

8. Boot to and check your BIOS settings to see if it may have an Away Mode setting that needs to be enabled or disabled as well, then exit BIOS with saving the changes. (see screenshot below)

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Please read your computer's or motherboard's manual for this step.

This step will vary per computer/motherboard on how to boot to BIOS (setup), and if and where the Away Mode setting is.

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That's it,

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