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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #161


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Heh, advanced power setting is one of the things that BREAKS when you turn off the POWER service. Turn it back on and it will be in the page for setting the sleep time. Other things it breaks is that you are at the logon screen on waking that you need to CTRL out of even if no password, cannot set how many minutes of idle before sleep, no advanced power setting menu, and a couple of other minor things.
    EDIT: No POWER service breaks my Tune up utilities so it will not run.

    As for the posts here, there is only a few that actually might help. Its best to keep a log of changes you make so if it does not help, you can revert back without messing something ELSE up, like advanced power sharing, heh.

    Rockhound, I finally did get Homegroup disabled by going around and leaving it with all the computers, unsharing all shared folders, disabling IPv6 (needed for Homegroup), creating a guest account on each computer, and finally sharing only the bare minimum folders on each machine. It DID NOT fix my computer from not sleeping as it was awake this morning, dag nab it.

    EDIT 2013-12-28 This did not fix the problem. For me, a MS update on Dec 11th fixed it.
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 28 Dec 2013 at 14:47.

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  2. #162


    Posts : 63
    Windows 8.1 pro 64bit


    Correct me if I am wrong, you cannot set the timer for sleep with the power service disabled, but it actually defaults to the last timer setting you had which means that if you want to change the amount of time before sleep, you can reactivate power, change the timer and disable power again. Is that right?
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  3. #163


    Absolutely correct. Mine is now set OK for me and it is sleeping as it should. As I have said before, it would be nice to know the 'proper' answer, but this, on my machine, will be acceptable till we get it fixed the right way.

    Hope it works OK for you in the interim.

    Perhaps we could try to work out why we are in a subset of 'losers' but that might take more effort than some are prepared to give. Also very hard to get answers from such an effort.

    Cheers.
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  4. #164


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hello. I had the same issue where my PC would not sleep following a migration to Windows 8 -> 8.1. I had been using Windows 7 Ultimate with no sleep issues. I read this thread and many others like it, and tried just about everything. In the end, it all came down to one simple setting: I had to disable "hybrid sleep."

    Click image for larger version

    This can be located under Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\Edit Plan Settings -> Change advanced power settings. Once I made this change, the PC sleeps fine with no issues. No other changes were required. Hope this helps.
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  5. #165


    Posts : 102
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I also found linw suggestion to be a not very good one (this is not meant to be personal, keep coming with suggestions, bro) as I can confirm that power settings become inaccessible.

    One more week and it has been a month since 8.1 final version was released. How much longer do we have to wait until MS gives us an update? I find it very odd that there has not been a single proper update in 3 weeks now (except for the Skype metro app update), whereas previously, before Windows 8.1, it felt like I received updates every week and constantly had these annoying "reboot your computer" message pop up.

    I looked into whether it's possible to file a bug report with microsoft, and it appears they have a site setup just for that, connect.microsoft.com , but Windows 8(.1) is not among the programs for which they accept submissions!!!

    EDIT: One very strange thing I observed recently with my other half's Win 7 Pro x64 laptop. While it used to sleep like a baby until one week or so, it seems to have been "infected" by my PC as it has the same sleep problems (monitor darkens, but sleep is not activated although the timers are set identically)!
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  6. #166


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Beeba View Post
    Hello. I had the same issue where my PC would not sleep following a migration to Windows 8 -> 8.1. I had been using Windows 7 Ultimate with no sleep issues. I read this thread and many others like it, and tried just about everything. In the end, it all came down to one simple setting: I had to disable "hybrid sleep."

    This can be located under Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\Edit Plan Settings -> Change advanced power settings. Once I made this change, the PC sleeps fine with no issues. No other changes were required. Hope this helps.
    OK, I've done that and it's the only change I've made to my Power Settings; BTW, there's no Hardware and Sound in my Control Panel.
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  7. #167


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Beeba View Post
    Hello. I had the same issue where my PC would not sleep following a migration to Windows 8 -> 8.1. I had been using Windows 7 Ultimate with no sleep issues. I read this thread and many others like it, and tried just about everything. In the end, it all came down to one simple setting: I had to disable "hybrid sleep."

    This can be located under Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\Edit Plan Settings -> Change advanced power settings. Once I made this change, the PC sleeps fine with no issues. No other changes were required. Hope this helps.
    OK, I've done that and it's the only change I've made to my Power Settings; BTW, there's no Hardware and Sound in my Control Panel.
    Turning off hybrid sleep doesn't work for my DG33BUX motherboard. After turning it off, I waited the allotted time and when it was still running, I shut down the PC and then booted back up (I didn't just "restart" it). The PC is still running noisily, with its bright blue power button still shining.

    And this will be the only solution I'll try . . . well, that is, unless something better might show up.
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  8. #168


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Here are the MOST COMMON settings to fix not sleeping:

    All can be accessed via the control panel. three are in the power section, several in the device manger. You can search the control panel to find them.

    1. In power settings, set the time you want your computer to go to sleep after being idle. Note the advanced power settings link is there also:

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    2. In advanced power sharing settings, disable Hybrid sleep (see post above for screenshot) and set the Media setting to allow for sleep:

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    3. In Device manager, find the Mouse and the Network adapter. Open up the tab. RIGHT click on the actual mouse and network adapter and select Properties. Go to the Power Management. Disable the mouse's "allow this device wake the computer" On the network adapter Unselect the box to allow to wake and Select the box to allow power to be turned off.

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    Anyone think of more? I will add to this list.
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 13 Nov 2013 at 17:21.
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  9. #169


    Posts : 63
    Windows 8.1 pro 64bit


    Been there, done that and it has been an incredibly unpleasant journey of wasted time that MSFT should pay for. I mean if you think about it, we are the guinea pigs testing all their beta crap. What a treasure trove of a deal this must be to them!
    The only and I mean ONLY thing that helped me was eliminating the power service. It is not perfect but I can certainly live with it until a permanent fix is found. Sorry for venting and kudos to LinW for discovering this interim fix!
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  10. #170


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Trying something new. I found that ASUS did an update of my BIOS, chipset and LAN drivers, the last two includes 8_1 in the name now. The 8_1 verbiage was not there a week ago and it installed as new drivers today. So going back to square one and seeing if it sleeps. If not, back to the POWER workaround.

    As disabling the Homegroup did not fix anything, I am attempted to UNDO all the changes I did to Homegroup. NOT easy. Heh. hey, I finally did it. I was getting the dreaded "ask for credentials" on the other computers. I needed to log into my Windows live account and then the others worked.

    Now to see if it sleeps, does not wake up the other computers, and does so after a couple of days.

    Of course, all my Start menu/metro apps are once again all broke, so, once again, time to uninstall and reinstall them. sigh.


    EDIT: NO FIX. Power it is.

    EDIT 2013-12-28 This did not fix the problem. For me, a MS update on Dec 11th fixed it. It also fixed my broken apps.
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 28 Dec 2013 at 14:48.
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