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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #1431


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


    Killing SettingSyncHost.exe didn't work for me. Its apparently hopeless.

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  2. #1432


    Posts : 50
    Win8.1-64 Pro


    Due to the fact people are saying when they kill SettingSyncHost.exe it starts back up automagically I'm currently starting the following test and will report back:

    I deleted C:\Windows\System32\SettingSyncHost.exe and upon reboot Win8.1 started using C:\Windows\SysWOW64\SettingSyncHost.exe instead. So I deleted that file as well. After reboot, Task Manager indicates no SettingSyncHost.exe running. I'll set my sleep for two hours and see how it goes after 2-3 sleep cycles. (My computer NEVER works after a reboot through six hours when sleep is set for two hours. So it's a great way to test, though it takes forever.)

    Hopefully this test will let us know definitively whether this task running has something to do with insomnia.

    EDIT:
    I should note as well that I can find no evidence of wwahost running on my system as referenced by @f00k00f in post #1409. I didn't check for that process running until after I deleted both SettingSyncHost.exe files, so I can't say for sure if wwahost was running before I deleted those files.
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  3. #1433


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Gork View Post
    So far I've tried the following:

    1) Verify computer isn't sleeping
    2) Log off my MS account
    3) Log into my local account (sleep always works on my local account)
    4) Log back off the local account
    5) Log into my MS account again (sleep is reset like rebooting when I log out of my MS account, into the local, and back to the MS)
    6) Checked, and SettingSyncHost.exe was not running
    7) Set sleep to 1 minute
    8) Computer slept after 1 minute
    9) Woke computer up
    10) Checked, and SettingSyncHost.exe was running
    11) Computer slept after 1 minute
    After reading this and many other reports of computers sleeping fine with local accounts I finally created one in hopes my computer would sleep when using it. Nope. Wide awake as usual.

    Someone said once you have an MS account you are doomed in the sleep issue but Gork and others report having both accounts and when on the local account their computers sleep. Apparently this computer is farked.
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  4. #1434


    Posts : 50
    Win8.1-64 Pro


    @bru
    Weird, huh? The one thing that becomes more and more obvious as time goes on is that this issue is more and more an oddity.

    So, the results... My computer did not sleep with "disable SettingSyncHost.exe (Host Process for Setting Synchronization) and wwahost (1409)" completely disabled. After 2.25 hours (with sleep set at 2 hrs) the computer didn't sleep and the process still showed not running in the Task Manager.

    This is the first thing in a long time I've been excited about - thinking MAYBE - a new idea, to some degree anyway, and something someone else had luck with. But, no luck for me.

    Now to try to figure out how to set everything back to normal... heh
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  5. #1435


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Glad I've stuck with local account. No such problems.
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  6. #1436


    Quote Originally Posted by bru View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by orbitalfenestra View Post

    Anyway you don't need to play in the registry just set your power plan to BALANCED and allow standby with remote opens will be set to YES by default.

    In high performance, the option is set to NO by default.
    Standby with remote opens is hidden for all power plans in my version of 8.1 (Home something). The registry edit has to be done to make it appear. Several articles about it.
    Even if it's hidden, it's active.
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  7. #1437


    Sounds like there is an evil monster sitting up there monitoring our behaviour. It sees you've made a change, lets it sleep for a while, then gets great joy in zapping it again. For Gork he gets a sniff of a solution then gets shown it won't work after building up his hopes.

    Everything now points to multiple causes interacting in different ways over a time period and for different computers. In other words, there is no way we, as individuals, are going to find a magic bullet simply because it doesn't exist.

    I have another example of this *******ry as my IE11 won't load a particular page from a particular web site (server returns an error) but other comps with same OS will load it. And earlier versions of my IE loaded it. Only way to load that page is to untick the security settings.

    So, there are little quirks buried in our systems that defy our best efforts to track down. But a common factor seems to be later OS versions. Mmmmmm.

    I have no idea why my system has become pretty darned reliable at sleeping but I sit here waiting for it to have a relapse. Maybe it won't but maybe it will. Perhaps I only need to change one thing (like MS login?) and I'll be back to square one.

    Good luck to all.

    Edit:- my oh my. Look at all those ****!! The word starts with a 'b'!!!
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  8. #1438


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by linw View Post
    Sounds like there is an evil monster sitting up there monitoring our behaviour. It sees you've made a change, lets it sleep for a while, then gets great joy in zapping it again. For Gork he gets a sniff of a solution then gets shown it won't work after building up his hopes.

    Everything now points to multiple causes interacting in different ways over a time period and for different computers. In other words, there is no way we, as individuals, are going to find a magic bullet simply because it doesn't exist.

    I have another example of this *******ry as my IE11 won't load a particular page from a particular web site (server returns an error) but other comps with same OS will load it. And earlier versions of my IE loaded it. Only way to load that page is to untick the security settings.

    So, there are little quirks buried in our systems that defy our best efforts to track down. But a common factor seems to be later OS versions. Mmmmmm.

    I have no idea why my system has become pretty darned reliable at sleeping but I sit here waiting for it to have a relapse. Maybe it won't but maybe it will. Perhaps I only need to change one thing (like MS login?) and I'll be back to square one.

    Good luck to all.
    It seems to me that Microsoft has created a huge pile of spaghetti code with limitless hooks that can be pulled to prevent normal sleep. Potentially problematic in W7 and totally chaotic in W8.
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  9. #1439


    Posts : 8
    8.1


    Guys for me the process restarts, too. Actually the sleep error reoccurred for me yesterday, but after killing Settingsynchost it slept.
    Settingsynchost also restarted immediately, but with the error gone.

    My theory is that the sync gets stuck with some data. Caught in a loop it can't complete that gets broken once it's killed.

    I have now disabled the settings sync under onedrive Settings completely, let's see if that helps.

    Gork did you confirm the process not running in task manager as it tends to restart?

    Bru maybe try my approach and kill processes one at a time or in batch. Kill the ones created by your user account first and native system processes after.


    lets collect some data! For those with the error:
    1. Do you sync with Onedrive?
    2. which browser do you use?
    3. HDD or SSD?
    4. Does killing Settingsynchost solve it?
    5. Wired or wireless connection?
    6. Intel or AMD?
    7. Nvidia or AMD?
    8. multi GPU?
    9. Multimonior?

    Any other suggestions on data to collect?

    for me it's
    1 yes
    2 Ie11 + Opera
    3 SSD
    4 yes
    5 wired
    6 Intel
    7 Nvidia
    8 SLI
    9 yes 3
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  10. #1440


    Quote Originally Posted by f00k00f View Post
    Guys for me the process restarts, too. Actually the sleep error reoccurred for me yesterday, but after killing Settingsynchost it slept.
    Settingsynchost also restarted immediately, but with the error gone.

    My theory is that the sync gets stuck with some data. Caught in a loop it can't complete that gets broken once it's killed.

    I have now disabled the settings sync under onedrive Settings completely, let's see if that helps.

    Gork did you confirm the process not running in task manager as it tends to restart?

    Bru maybe try my approach and kill processes one at a time or in batch. Kill the ones created by your user account first and native system processes after.


    lets collect some data! For those with the error:
    1. Do you sync with Onedrive?
    2. which browser do you use?
    3. HDD or SSD?
    4. Does killing Settingsynchost solve it?
    5. Wired or wireless connection?
    6. Intel or AMD?
    7. Nvidia or AMD?
    8. multi GPU?
    9. Multimonior?

    Any other suggestions on data to collect?

    for me it's
    1 yes
    2 Ie11 + Opera
    3 SSD
    4 yes
    5 wired
    6 Intel
    7 Nvidia
    8 SLI
    9 yes 3
    I would add that a clean POWERCFG /REQUESTS IS REQUIRED BEFORE TRYING TO GO ANY FURTHER

    Devices wake armed too
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