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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #1411


    Posts : 8
    8.1


    After a reboot with some minor stuff open it is still working, will keep you posted, but really, after ending the settingsynchost process it worked immediately!

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  2. #1412


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by f00k00f View Post
    After a reboot with some minor stuff open it is still working, will keep you posted, but really, after ending the settingsynchost process it worked immediately!
    Do you know what the process is supposed to do?
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  3. #1413


    Posts : 8
    8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by f00k00f View Post
    After a reboot with some minor stuff open it is still working, will keep you posted, but really, after ending the settingsynchost process it worked immediately!
    Do you know what the process is supposed to do?
    From what I found out it syncs the settings meaning the color scheme, IE bookmarks, open tabs and stuff, so nothing really essential. I think what is does is make sure all the win 8 pc you log into look the same with backgrounds etc.
    But you cannot disable the process alltogether, it always restarts.
    Only thing I think would work is disabling the "Sync my computer settings" under "OneDrive" Metro Style settings, but I am not 100% sure if settingsynchost does other stuff, too, although the name surely implies just that: settings sync.
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  4. #1414


    Quote Originally Posted by f00k00f View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by f00k00f View Post
    After a reboot with some minor stuff open it is still working, will keep you posted, but really, after ending the settingsynchost process it worked immediately!
    Do you know what the process is supposed to do?
    From what I found out it syncs the settings meaning the color scheme, IE bookmarks, open tabs and stuff, so nothing really essential. I think what is does is make sure all the win 8 pc you log into look the same with backgrounds etc.
    But you cannot disable the process alltogether, it always restarts.
    Only thing I think would work is disabling the "Sync my computer settings" under "OneDrive" Metro Style settings, but I am not 100% sure if settingsynchost does other stuff, too, although the name surely implies just that: settings sync.
    I think your theory may be correct! I suspected from the very start it was a sync problem. since then, I totally installed Windows 8.1 offline until I reach the desktop so by default I've got an offline account with no sync options. My PC sleeps like a baby since then. I won't go with a Microsoft account since I don't care about Onedrive or that all my PC'S look the same. If you happen to create a MS account just one time, I strongly believe you're done: there is no coming back because Windows behaves very differently once you go MS account for the first time.

    I just have one thing to say: there is no need for onedrive. Google drive, Box, etc are great altermatives and can be embed in windows explorer as well. Sleep is what I need, that's it.

    Last edited by orbitalfenestra; 21 May 2014 at 14:24.
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  5. #1415


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by f00k00f View Post
    So I had this error for so long and am so pissed, BUT I might have found a solution (at least for me)

    I found 2 processes that hinder the sleeping. One of them is SETTINGSYNCHOST.exe. This is definitely responsible at times.

    I painstakingly disabled all processes first batch, then one at a and this was the one after which the computer slept.
    So my advice: Disable it!
    It reenabled for me after having closed it, but the comp still sleeps at least for now, havent rebooted yet. Will tell you if it reoccurs after reboot at times. If it fails the next step will be to disable sync completely under settings.

    Another one that might be responsible is WWAHOST something that is responsible for metro apps. It taxes the GPU (maybe SLI is a factor) and prevents sleep.


    With this I have at least temporarily tackled the issue after having reinstalled win on a new drive, disabling all open programs and destroying several household items out of pure frustration of the error still occurring.

    Please give me feedback whether this helped you, too.
    Sir, you are a demigod! Thank you so much!!!



    After 10 long months, your solution was the first one that worked for me. AS you can see, this is my first post here. I register just to thank you and give feedback. I am sure that there are many other like me that have been reading these pages for the past year and praying for a viable solution.

    After 10 months, today my PC slept by itself on a timer I set (after killing the SETTINGSYNCHOST.exe).
    Important note too, (as mentioned) it does restart very often, so even if you kill it, keep the task manager open and check if it restarted, if your PC doesn't go to sleep. Easiest way to check is to set both monitor and PC to 1 minute. Kill the process and wait.

    MS should get their bloody act together. I can't believe this took almost 1 whole year to figure out and not even by an MS employee but a simple user. I honestly think that this is incredible. This has been an obviously permanent issue since 8.1 was released and MS has done nothing. Some one who has time can write them the info so they too know where to look for the bug and stop denying that the problem even exist.

    Now how to disable this process permanently (never to restart automatically) till MS gets their act together? IT keeps restarting no mater what I do. I tried renaming it, but didn't let me.
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  6. #1416


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by ToalettKukac View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by f00k00f View Post
    So I had this error for so long and am so pissed, BUT I might have found a solution (at least for me)

    I found 2 processes that hinder the sleeping. One of them is SETTINGSYNCHOST.exe. This is definitely responsible at times.

    I painstakingly disabled all processes first batch, then one at a and this was the one after which the computer slept.
    So my advice: Disable it!
    It reenabled for me after having closed it, but the comp still sleeps at least for now, havent rebooted yet. Will tell you if it reoccurs after reboot at times. If it fails the next step will be to disable sync completely under settings.

    Another one that might be responsible is WWAHOST something that is responsible for metro apps. It taxes the GPU (maybe SLI is a factor) and prevents sleep.


    With this I have at least temporarily tackled the issue after having reinstalled win on a new drive, disabling all open programs and destroying several household items out of pure frustration of the error still occurring.

    Please give me feedback whether this helped you, too.
    Sir, you are a demigod! Thank you so much!!!



    After 10 long months, your solution was the first one that worked for me. AS you can see, this is my first post here. I register just to thank you and give feedback. I am sure that there are many other like me that have been reading these pages for the past year and praying for a viable solution.

    After 10 months, today my PC slept by itself on a timer I set (after killing the SETTINGSYNCHOST.exe).
    Important note too, (as mentioned) it does restart very often, so even if you kill it, keep the task manager open and check if it restarted, if your PC doesn't go to sleep. Easiest way to check is to set both monitor and PC to 1 minute. Kill the process and wait.

    MS should get their bloody act together. I can't believe this took almost 1 whole year to figure out and not even by an MS employee but a simple user. I honestly think that this is incredible. This has been an obviously permanent issue since 8.1 was released and MS has done nothing. Some one who has time can write them the info so they too know where to look for the bug and stop denying that the problem even exist.

    Now how to disable this process permanently (never to restart automatically) till MS gets their act together? IT keeps restarting no mater what I do. I tried renaming it, but didn't let me.
    I admit it's a very promising finding but keep in mind that fixes like these are illusive. It may work for a few days or a few updates and then the problem agonizingly returns. Just don't claim victory too soon.
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  7. #1417


    Quote Originally Posted by f00k00f View Post
    After a reboot with some minor stuff open it is still working, will keep you posted, but really, after ending the settingsynchost process it worked immediately!
    Interesting indeed. Is this signing in with a MS account or local?
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  8. #1418


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by f00k00f View Post
    After a reboot with some minor stuff open it is still working, will keep you posted, but really, after ending the settingsynchost process it worked immediately!
    Interesting indeed. Is this signing in with a MS account or local?
    Good question. Some of us have found a local login definitely helps. But this, perhaps, reinforces the sync case as there is no setup syncing going on with a local login.

    If this is a solution it still makes one wonder why just some computers need this process disabled?

    Anyway, hope this is progress. Who wants to sign their message to MS with "f00k00f"??
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  9. #1419


    Posts : 8
    8.1


    Glad that this helped other people too. The only reason I made my account was to post this solution.

    I suppose that if this reoccurs, as there is no way to permanently disable SETTINGSYNCHOST under Services, the (hopefully) semi-permanent solution is to disable the sync under "OneDrive ==> Settings ==> Sync Settings". You can also find this by searching for "sync settings" and choosing one of the two topmost entries.

    Maybe someone will come up with a solution to permanently kill the process as it does nothing special.

    BTW on a different topic that annoys me about Win8: If anyone does not like the alpha-less design of win8 and prefers the look of Win7 the following trio of apps makes win8 look really nice again: AeroGlass, WindowsFX and Start8


    So I contacted MS support with my solution and oh well... what did I even expect...

    Hi, thanks for visiting Answer Desk. I'm Jim V.
    Jim V:
    ‎06‎:‎09‎:‎09
    Welcome to Microsoft Answer Desk Online! I'm Jim. How can I help you with your Windows today?

    You:
    ‎06‎:‎09‎:‎31
    Hello I come to you today with a solution to a problem plaguing many people
    check out this thread from post 1409 onwards
    Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

    Jim V:
    ‎06‎:‎10‎:‎02
    Okay. thank you.

    You:
    ‎06‎:‎13‎:‎24
    Do you know of a way to permanetely disable settingsynchost? or will it be disabled if I turn off sync under onedrive?
    you cant believe how infuriating this error was

    Jim V:
    ‎06‎:‎14‎:‎36
    Oh I see. I love to answer your question and help you out on this but however you were routed to Windows and Office Tech support
    The best help that I can offer is to provide you the support link of Onedrive Support

    You:
    ‎06‎:‎15‎:‎21
    well this is in essence a windows and not a onedrive problem
    Windows is the one not sleeping because of this process

    Jim V:
    ‎06‎:‎16‎:‎58
    oky
    Okay...
    Is the issue resolve now regarding Windows 8.1 to be on sleep mode

    You:
    ‎06‎:‎19‎:‎23
    for the moment is it, but it could reoccur, but you can't tell me how to permanentely disable this process?
    But please forward my fix to someone in software development so MS can implement a fix via update. The sleep deprivation is affecting many users, just google (or bing) Windows 8 not sleeping

    Jim V:
    ‎06‎:‎22‎:‎34
    Okay... Is that process that you found a third party proccess?
    If yes, it can be disable permanently
    If it is not..

    You:
    ‎06‎:‎23‎:‎15
    no its a system process that syncs the win settings found under "onedrive ==> settings"
    at least that is what I think it does
    like browser data, backgrounds and such, like I said all just what I think it does, maybe you know more about this process
    It is definitely not a Service though

    Jim V:
    ‎06‎:‎25‎:‎40
    I understand
    Hi..
    Is this under Onedrive settings?
    Just to confirm

    You:
    ‎06‎:‎30‎:‎51
    yes

    Jim V:
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    However it might disable onedrive too.
    Is that fine with you?

    You:
    ‎06‎:‎31‎:‎57
    is just disables the sync settings part
    So to put it bluntly you can't really help me any further in this issue?

    Jim V:
    ‎06‎:‎36‎:‎37
    I can help you with this issue is complex... and needs advance troubleshooting since we need to see the environment while doing the troubleshooting

    Jim V:
    ‎06‎:‎44‎:‎53
    SettingSyncHost.exe is a executable file (a program) for Windows
    I think that it is not good to terminate it
    Since it is part of the system
    and The file is a Windows core system file
    I will spare you the rest of the conversation.
    Last edited by f00k00f; 21 May 2014 at 23:47.
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  10. #1420


    Isn't that dialogue typical. Sounds like you are talking to a computer! Maybe you are!!

    There are about 15 references to that prog in the registry under HK_Classes_Root and HKLM\Software\Classes\CLSID. You'd need a good backup to test deleting them. System restore AND a C drive image should be enough.
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