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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #1811


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    You could be right about continuous requests ...
    I got into the whole "request" issue a long time ago - before Win 8.
    I had been playing around with playlists for media files stored on different systems ...
    That broke my "working auto sleeping" and that is how I learned the hard way

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  2. #1812


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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
    You could be right about continuous requests ...
    I got into the whole "request" issue a long time ago - before Win 8.
    I had been playing around with playlists for media files stored on different systems ...
    That broke my "working auto sleeping" and that is how I learned the hard way
    Ironically my Win 7 computer, which slept reliably for 4 years, has all of a sudden stopped sleeping. I have to think it is somehow related to the Win 8.1 machine. And when I look at powercfg -requests, guess what I see? You guessed it, [DRIVER] \FileSystem\srvnet.

    Don't think I made any changes. I'm about to hit my head against a wall.
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  3. #1813


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    I feel I 'm starting to derail this thread (although after 1800+ posts I 'm not sure that is possible) but here are some things I copied from other forums on this issue. Just shows you there is no consensus on any of it.

    This solution from this other thread has been working for me for several days now:

    Run the DOS command powercfg /requestsoverride driver srvnet system as administrator.

    Powercfg will still show the client requests but they will not prevent sleep.
    <---This is what I was saying. It will still show the request even if it is overridden.

    Don't forget the "system" piece and the full path. It should be:

    powercfg /requestsoverride driver \FileSystem\srvnet system

    Then run:

    powercfg /requestsoverride with no additional arguments to see if it added it successfully. You should see something like:

    [SERVICE]

    [PROCESS]

    [DRIVER]
    \FileSystem\srvnet SYSTEM
    <---This person says to use the full path when doing the override.
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  4. #1814


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    I can enter anything, even if it is wrong.
    I entered powercfg -requestsoverride DRIVER \ZZZFileSystemZZZ\srvnet system

    It now shows this as a request override.
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  5. #1815


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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
    I can enter anything, even if it is wrong.
    I entered powercfg -requestsoverride DRIVER \ZZZFileSystemZZZ\srvnet system

    It now shows this as a request override.
    I think you are right about "\FileSystem\srvnet" vs. "srvnet". I removed the former and the computer still sleeps. To continue the confusion I just ran powercfg -requests and I see "...wmpnetwk.exe" listed. I definitely have that set as an override as described in the tutorial. So why is it still showing as a request? Similar to it previously showing "\FileSystem|srvnet" even though that override is set.

    Most importantly, though I certainly will not say my issue is solved, but since I added the two overrides my computer sleeps. Reliably. It sleeps whether on a local account or signed in to my MS account.

    I am sure the overrides were suggested many times throughout this thread but I must have missed them or not wanted to try. So for me they seem to have worked. I do wonder what effect, if any, those overrides will have on the function of my computer? For now having the computer sleep is most important. And knocking wood, it is sleeping.
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  6. #1816


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    I don't know why wmpnetwk is still listed as a request.
    Check your Power Options Multimedia settings.
    If you have "Prevent idling to sleep", maybe that affects overrides ???

    You could also ask your question in the Override Tutorial.
    Shawn may be able to explain this.

    I've never had a problem caused by overrides.
    If an override interferes with a File process such as a File Copy or Backup, that might be an issue ???
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  7. #1817


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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
    I don't know why wmpnetwk is still listed as a request.
    Check your Power Options Multimedia settings.
    If you have "Prevent idling to sleep", maybe that affects overrides ???

    You could also ask your question in the Override Tutorial.
    Shawn may be able to explain this.

    I've never had a problem caused by overrides.
    If an override interferes with a File process such as a File Copy or Backup, that might be an issue ???
    I did have "Prevent idling to sleep" selected for When Sharing Media but only when plugged in. On battery it was set to allow sleep. I changed it for plugged in.

    I know I am looking at it too simplistic but the computer did not sleep reliably. I did powercfg -requests and it consistently showed two things, wmpnetwk.exe and \FileSystem\srvnet. So I set overrides for both. And now the computer sleeps.

    The fact that it still shows wmpnetwk.exe tells me either like you say somehow the override isn't working or it still lists it even when overridden (unlikely I think). So if the computer sleeps and it still lists wmpnetwk.exe then it is not effecting sleep. But why would it show under -requests?

    This is making my head hurt. My computer is sleeping and that's what matters. Sure hope I haven't jinxed it with all these posts.

    edit: Sure enough after I made the one change mentioned it stopped sleeping. And this time it shows \FileSystem\srvnet under -requests. So if I have it overriden why is it showing? I'm going back to setting it using the full path.

    edit2: Back to working. On local and MS account. Overroad the full path. Put the Share setting back how it was. Not touching a thing.
    Last edited by bru; 17 Sep 2014 at 19:14.
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  8. #1818


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    I played with this a bit more and I see the same thing you do.
    I can see a request listed, and the PC still goes to sleep, as it should because I have the RequestOverride.
    It seems to me even if a Request is listed it won't interfere with sleep as long as there is a RequestOverride.

    I had a Win 7 Windows Explorer window open on my Win 8 Shared folder.
    When the Win 8 PC went to sleep, the Win 7 Explorer window "lost the file list"...
    I even had a Win 8 .TXT file open in Win 7 Notepad when the PC went to sleep...
    I don't know what having an open file such as Word Doc might do, as that may have a lock somewhere ...

    Like you say, as long as sleep works reliably, I'm happy.
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  9. #1819


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    Just saw your edit - I was playing with this when you last edited ...
    If you're unsure which override works (with or without the path), you can enter both.
    Then you're covered either way...

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  10. #1820


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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
    Just saw your edit - I was playing with this when you last edited ...
    If you're unsure which override works (with or without the path), you can enter both.
    Then you're covered either way...

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    Yep that's where I am along with the Override for wmpnetwk.exe. Using my MS account and its sleeping just fine. And so should I .

    p.s. Highly recommend anyone who hasn't yet done it look in to powercfg -requests and override whatever it lists.
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