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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #131


    My new Dell laptop with Win 8.1 Sleeps with no problems without fail. This problem must be a combination of certain hardware and the OS that that causes the insomnia.

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  2. #132


    I am happy with my workaround, now. I have stopped the Power service from starting and the machine times into sleep mode instantly, and as far as I can tell, doesn't wake up on its own. The power settings are stored in the registry so it doesn't seem necessary to have the Power svc running except when you want to change the settings. Still looking for adverse ramifications but have fingers crossed.

    Not a 'proper' solution but it will do till something better comes along.

    @Prism - yes, the Internet is riddled with reports of Windows sleep problems going way back!
    @bouldernerd - you're right, it will be combinations of factors that bedevil some but not others. That's what makes it so darned hard to troubleshoot.
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  3. #133


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by linw View Post
    I am happy with my workaround, now. I have stopped the Power service from starting and the machine times into sleep mode instantly, and as far as I can tell, doesn't wake up on its own. The power settings are stored in the registry so it doesn't seem necessary to have the Power svc running except when you want to change the settings. Still looking for adverse ramifications but have fingers crossed.

    Not a 'proper' solution but it will do till something better comes along.
    linw, are you able to share files between computers with the Power service turned off? Or do you not have a network set up at home?
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  4. #134


    Yes, sharing between my NAS and other computers is perfectly normal.
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  5. #135


    Posts : 102
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    @linw: can you explain how exactly to stop power service? what are the drawbacks so far?
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  6. #136


    Sure, Steve. Like all things in Windows, there are several ways to do things! The easiest, I think, is to run msconfig and then click the 'Services' tab. scroll down and untick 'Power'. Then reboot.

    Easiest way to run msconfig is to go to the 'metro' screen and simply type 'msconfig'. Or, in desktop mode, rt click the start square bottom left, left click Run, then type in msconfig and hit Enter (or OK).

    It would be good to see if my 'fix' works on other machines or whether it is peculiar to mine.

    Haven't noticed any drawbacks yet but it is early days! But nothing bad can happen with this one and it is just a matter of re-ticking it to get it back.

    Cheers.
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  7. #137


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit with Media Center


    My board is a Asus P8P67 Deluxe and I'm using the intel LAN port. After updating the drivers, it work ok for a few days and today it's stop working again. At this rate I may just go back to Windows 8 as it's no gppd my pc waking for a backup if it then stays awake all night.
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  8. #138


    Could you try the Power stop to see if that works on yours? As I said above, easy to re-instate it.
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  9. #139


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by linw View Post
    Sure, Steve. Like all things in Windows, there are several ways to do things! The easiest, I think, is to run msconfig and then click the 'Services' tab. scroll down and untick 'Power'. Then reboot.

    Easiest way to run msconfig is to go to the 'metro' screen and simply type 'msconfig'. Or, in desktop mode, rt click the start square bottom left, left click Run, then type in msconfig and hit Enter (or OK).

    It would be good to see if my 'fix' works on other machines or whether it is peculiar to mine.

    Haven't noticed any drawbacks yet but it is early days! But nothing bad can happen with this one and it is just a matter of re-ticking it to get it back.

    Cheers.
    Sleep is working for me now. 3 computers go to sleep and no longer wake up when one is woken up.

    Tried turning the Power config off. I donno if it fixes sleep or not (I got sleep to work by making sure my network shares were properly set up). It disables both the "change when the computer sleeps" options AND disables the "advanced power settings". The last one is a deal breaker as the "enter password from wake" is back on so I am pretty sure that all the advanced settings are put back to their default conditions like hibernate, media allowing sleep, and other important settings. If you are OK with default advanced power settings, I guess no harm but I do not recommend turning off Power function.

    EDIT 2103-11-09 So far, this is the ONLY workaround that is consistently letting the computer sleep.

    EDIT 2013-12-28 This did not fix the problem. For me, a MS update on Dec 11th fixed it.
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 15 Apr 2014 at 13:49.
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  10. #140


    Posts : 63
    Windows 8.1 pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by linw View Post
    Interesting that it still knows that I have a 1 min sleep delay even without the power svc started.
    You mean it still remembers your timer settings before you killed power SVC?
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