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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #1391


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Folks, I have tried two or three times to reload Win8.1 by either formatting the previous install or on a new drive. It has never fixed my sleep issue. Be aware that you may still be destined to fail.

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  2. #1392


    Houston
    Posts : 18
    Win 8.1 Pro x64 w Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Folks, I have tried two or three times to reload Win8.1 by either formatting the previous install or on a new drive. It has never fixed my sleep issue. Be aware that you may still be destined to fail.
    John, thanks for all your postings.

    I was able to get mine to sleep after a new, clean install using the 8.1 ISO.

    However, I do want to report that Lenovo did issue new 8.1 drivers for my K430's LAN and wireless Realtek PCIe GBE and RTL8166 adapters. FWIW, I think I did try them with my 8 to 8.1 to my 8.1.1 upgrades but installing them didn't solve my problem.

    Hopefully, others will report if new installs work. Also, maybe others will be able to get new 8.1 drivers.

    Best wishes for a good night's sleep....
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  3. #1393


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    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?


    Attachment 43502
    Nope. It's a hidden option only visible if you enable it in the registry.

    Allow Standby with Remote Opens


    By default, Windows 7 (or 8) will attempt to prevent system standby when connected to a a remote share or file. Presumably, this is to prevent any ongoing file transfers over the network from failing due to the system unexpectedly entering standby. But there are many cases where the system is connected to a remote share and it is okay to enter standby. Windows 7 includes a setting to allow the computer to enter standby, but it may be missing from the advanced power options dialog box. This .reg file will unhide the “Allow sleep with remote opens” option AND set it to Yes for three default power profiles (Balanced, High Performance, and Power Saver) in Windows 7:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\238C9FA8-0AAD-41ED-83F4-97BE242C8F20\d4c1d4c8-d5cc-43d3-b83e-fc51215cb04d]
    "Attributes"=dword:00000000
    Now look to your advanced power options... You'll notice a new option
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  4. #1394


    John. you and I both have the random sleep issue. so srvnet shouldn't be a problem. I was talking to other people who got the srvnet sleep issue.

    And many paths are possible to solve it. disable IPv6 is one of them. The other one is leave homegroup. You can still share files without it and if your power plan is set to Balanced, then Allow Standby with Remote Opens is set to yes. srvnet shouldn't be in powercfg /requests
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  5. #1395


    Posts : 149
    Windows 7 Home Premium on 2 Windows 8.1 on 1


    Again today after a reboot my computer slept until it didn't. Windows Maintenance was run at 9:06 PM. and it never slept after that.

    I ran powercfg /requests and here is what I got:

    DISPLAY:
    None.

    SYSTEM:
    [DRIVER] \FileSystem\srvnet
    An active remote client has recently sent requests to this machine.

    AWAYMODE:
    None.

    EXECUTION:
    None.

    PERFBOOST:
    None.

    Can someone help me decipher this as it pertains to my machine not sleeping reliably? I have seen srvnet mentioned but don't have a clue.

    edit: I noticed srvnet mentioned above and I posted again about it. I checked and I was attached to a HomeGroup even though I never requested it. I removed this computer from it but still get the srvnet message.

    edit2: Did a reboot and checked and I am not connected to a HomeGroup and did not get the srvnet message when doing powercfg /requests. But will it come back? And do I need to do the registry edit mentioned below to unhide the power plan setting mentioned above?
    Last edited by bru; 19 May 2014 at 22:36.
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  6. #1396


    Posts : 149
    Windows 7 Home Premium on 2 Windows 8.1 on 1


    Quote Originally Posted by orbitalfenestra View Post
    and if your power plan is set to Balanced, then Allow Standby with Remote Opens is set to yes. srvnet shouldn't be in powercfg /requests
    Where do I find this setting in Power Plan?

    edit: I believe it may be hidden and require a Registry edit to unhide it. Not confident about doing that.

    Any other way to prevent srvnet from keeping my computer from entering standby?
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  7. #1397


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Thanks Orbit!

    Here is how to change the setting for Allow Standby with Remote Opens .This hopefully will allow sleep and Homegroups to coexist on Win8.1. Changing the registry here will not hurt anything so go ahead!

    Note: click on a thumbnail to enlarge it. There is a close button in the bottom right of the enlarged photo.

    1. In explorer, search for regedit and run the program.

    2. Under Edit, Find d4c1d4c8

    Click image for larger version

    3. Change attributes by double clicking on Attributes and change the value from one to zero

    Click image for larger version


    4. Under advanced power settings and with Change settings that are currently unavailable clicked, you can now change the remote opens setting under the sleep setting from the default Off to On then click Apply:

    Click image for larger version

    Here is a web page with the same info: Open network files prevents sleep


    Now I will disable standby Helper and see what happens!

    EDIT 2014-05-20 Did not fix my sleep problem.
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 20 May 2014 at 14:33.
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  8. #1398


    Thanks orbital and John. I have added that reg mod in case I need it but I don't seem to have the srvnet problem. (no homegroups here, either).

    I have seen srvnet on my comp when my wife wants to print from her comp (ptr attached to my comp) but that is as designed. The important point is that my comp dropped the srvnet request after a time allowing mine to sleep as MS intended.

    Have to say, apart from one lapse three days ago, my comp is sleeping very reliably (now, I've done it!!!! Everything crossed).
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  9. #1399


    Posts : 149
    Windows 7 Home Premium on 2 Windows 8.1 on 1


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Thanks Orbit!

    Here is how to change the setting for Allow Standby with Remote Opens .This hopefully will allow sleep and Homegroups to coexist on Win8.1. Changing the registry here will not hurt anything so go ahead!
    Will the instructions you posted allow that setting to be "unhidden" for all three power plans? You only show High Performance.
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  10. #1400


    Posts : 149
    Windows 7 Home Premium on 2 Windows 8.1 on 1


    Even after leaving HomeGroup and not having srvnet show up in powercfg my computer still won't sleep so I doubt the above "fix" will work. This is hopeless. My Win 7 computers sleep perfect, with a HomeGroup, etc.

    In my mind the problem with 8.1 and sleep is due to Windows Maintenance.
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