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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #1181


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by linw View Post
    @steve06 and others

    As of a few minutes ago my machine was in no sleep mode unless I disconnected the Internet. I have just changed back to a local account and the comp now sleeps repeatedly 23s after the 1 min timeout.

    I have to conclude that the MS account is keeping my comp awake. Why or how is another thing! Why does my HP sleep OK on a MS account??????? Back to the unanswerable.
    Lin, remember that a lot of us are having intermittent issues with sleep. Try it out for a few days to see if you are truly fixed by using a local account.

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  2. #1182


    Certainly know about the intermittent bit. This comp was sleeping a few days ago WITH a MS login! (Wonder if MS stands for Mothership??).
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  3. #1183


    Posts : 51
    Windows 8.1.1 PRO 64bit


    Over the last few month I've occasionally read this thread and as I read, I thought ... thank goodness my PC wasn't having any sleep issues. Unfortunately since upgrading to Win 8.1.1 my PC is now suffering from a lack of sleep!!!! I've gone back to powering off the PC at night because I can't guarantee that the PC will either go sleep and/or stay a sleep.

    Having said that, the problem is intermittent & at times very puzzling. For example, last night I shutdown the PC & this morning powered it on & left it at the login screen. 30 mins later the PC went to sleep. However, I did exactly the same the night before & the PC refused to go to sleep after 30 mins. All I did during yesterday was browse a few webpages in IE11 & read a few PDF's using the Metro Reader. I didn't change any settings.

    At other times after using the PC for a while & then going away to do other stuff, the PC sometimes goes to sleep but most times it doesn't. I've also manually put the PC to sleep (without any problems), only to come back hours later or get up the next morning to find the PC wide awake!!! In this case, I suspect it might be BitDefender AV that woke the PC but it should have gone back to sleep 30 mins later (when I checked in the BD Update log it had checked & D/L'd new signature files hours earlier).

    It would really be nice if I, and for that matter we, could actually determine the cause rather than using the work-arounds documented here.
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  4. #1184


    Sorry to welcome you to the thread! Interesting that it won't sleep while at the login prompt. Must be something pretty basic happening if it is before the login.

    Most of us have despaired of finding the real cause but it would be nice!
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  5. #1185


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by BazzaG View Post
    Over the last few month I've occasionally read this thread and as I read, I thought ... thank goodness my PC wasn't having any sleep issues. Unfortunately since upgrading to Win 8.1.1 my PC is now suffering from a lack of sleep!!!! I've gone back to powering off the PC at night because I can't guarantee that the PC will either go sleep and/or stay a sleep.

    Having said that, the problem is intermittent & at times very puzzling. For example, last night I shutdown the PC & this morning powered it on & left it at the login screen. 30 mins later the PC went to sleep. However, I did exactly the same the night before & the PC refused to go to sleep after 30 mins. All I did during yesterday was browse a few webpages in IE11 & read a few PDF's using the Metro Reader. I didn't change any settings.

    At other times after using the PC for a while & then going away to do other stuff, the PC sometimes goes to sleep but most times it doesn't. I've also manually put the PC to sleep (without any problems), only to come back hours later or get up the next morning to find the PC wide awake!!! In this case, I suspect it might be BitDefender AV that woke the PC but it should have gone back to sleep 30 mins later (when I checked in the BD Update log it had checked & D/L'd new signature files hours earlier).

    It would really be nice if I, and for that matter we, could actually determine the cause rather than using the work-arounds documented here.
    Check your system event log. I suspect it may be routine maintenance that wakes your pc and then it won't fall back asleep without a reboot after the maintenance runs.
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  6. #1186


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by BazzaG View Post
    Over the last few month I've occasionally read this thread and as I read, I thought ... thank goodness my PC wasn't having any sleep issues. Unfortunately since upgrading to Win 8.1.1 my PC is now suffering from a lack of sleep!!!! I've gone back to powering off the PC at night because I can't guarantee that the PC will either go sleep and/or stay a sleep.

    It would really be nice if I, and for that matter we, could actually determine the cause rather than using the work-arounds documented here.
    As Lin said, sorry to welcome you to the thread. But, really, Welcome.

    At the moment, I'm not having sleep issues with my HP Desktop nor my HP 17" laptop; however, I just installed Windows 8.1 on my 15.6" laptop and it won't sleep! I was hoping we could at least discount HP computers, but another person here also has sleep issues with his HP. Sooooooo, back to the drawing board, as they say.

    I believe your issue is the first I've seen where Windows 8.1 slept, but the Windows 8.1 update gave the PC insomnia. However, as you've probably seen, many here have thought they solved their PC's insomnia only to have it come back in a few hours or days.

    What is amazing about this particular thread is that so many here have been thwarted time and again with the sleep issue, but keep coming back to "work" on the problem. We keep hoping, but so far . . .
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  7. #1187


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    I just wanted to say, I read something in one of the post in this thread ,"if you had a screensaver running your computer will see it as activity and not sleep '' not the case with my win8.1 enterprise with the update ,it sleep fine with the screen saver set to 2min and sleep to 10,min, only thing I noticed was it may stay awake for longer than the set 10min, just saying
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  8. #1188


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    I just wanted to say, I read something in one of the post in this thread ,"if you had a screensaver running your computer will see it as activity and not sleep '' not the case with my win8.1 enterprise with the update ,it sleep fine with the screen saver set to 2min and sleep to 10,min, only thing I noticed was it may stay awake for longer than the set 10min, just saying
    That would probably be me, Caper. Although logic told me it would not sleep with the screensaver active, I proved my-own-self wrong and logic lost that one . . . my computer does sleep with the screensaver active. The screensaver is OK for those who need it, but I don't, so I deactivated it after I saw my logic was wrong.

    I updated my friend's (twin to my) computer last night and we'll find out today if it sleeps or not. I don't know if it will make a difference, but she uses one of those third party start buttons while I do not. So far, I haven't seen that they're a factor in the insomnia issue.
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  9. #1189


    Posts : 51
    Windows 8.1.1 PRO 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post
    Check your system event log. I suspect it may be routine maintenance that wakes your pc and then it won't fall back asleep without a reboot after the maintenance runs.
    Will do, but exactly what am I looking for ... as in, log codes, etc? I have WU setup to automatically notify me of any updates but not to do anything else.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    I believe your issue is the first I've seen where Windows 8.1 slept, but the Windows 8.1 update gave the PC insomnia. However, as you've probably seen, many here have thought they solved their PC's insomnia only to have it come back in a few hours or days.

    What is amazing about this particular thread is that so many here have been thwarted time and again with the sleep issue, but keep coming back to "work" on the problem. We keep hoping, but so far . . .
    That's what I've seem to be seeing. TODAY, the PC has slept perfectly EVERYTIME I've tried to test what I thought might be a trigger. Such as modifying the monitor &/or sleep times, having IE11 opened on a webpage, etc. But the PC went to sleep exactly on schedule (I'm been using my old PC to post here & for other stuff). I even left the PC sleeping for about 3 hrs & it didn't wake up at all during that time.

    My guess is that tomorrow, hang on, it's already tomorrow (Aussie time)!!! or the day after, insomnia will strike again.

    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    .... "if you had a screensaver running your computer will see it as activity and not sleep '' .....
    None on my PC either.
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  10. #1190


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by BazzaG View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post
    Check your system event log. I suspect it may be routine maintenance that wakes your pc and then it won'tn fall back asleep without a reboot after the maintenance runs.
    Will do, but exactly what am I looking for ... as in, log codes, etc? I have WU setup to automatically notify me of any updates but not to do anything else.
    Look in the log at the time the pc wakes up. If your pc is logging correctly (mine isn't BTW) it should show a task calleded maintenance or regular maintenance.
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