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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #1821


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


    Arghhh. Stopped sleeping today. Really thought I had it resolved. powercfg -requests showed None so what prevented it from sleeping, I do not know. Using my MS account so will try a local account.

    Interestingly I am 100% sure I had the full path "\FileSystem\srvnet" listed as an override yesterday. When I checked today it was not listed.

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  2. #1822


    Yep, ain't no REAL solution for us yet. I've really lost hope.

    Interesting whether Windows 9, or whatever it will be called, will address the real issue. Not holding my breath, though.
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  3. #1823


    Posts : 87
    Multi-Boot-PCs W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64


    Quote Originally Posted by bru View Post
    Arghhh. Stopped sleeping today. Really thought I had it resolved. powercfg -requests showed None so what prevented it from sleeping, I do not know. Using my MS account so will try a local account.

    Interestingly I am 100% sure I had the full path "\FileSystem\srvnet" listed as an override yesterday. When I checked today it was not listed.
    Did auto sleep stop working completely, or did the PC just not sleep exactly when you expected it to?

    Normally my auto sleep time is 30 minutes.
    When I'm testing sleep issues, I set the auto sleep time to 2 minutes.

    I've noticed with the 30 minute setting sometimes auto sleep takes longer, maybe 40 minutes or longer.
    I really don't care if the PC sleeps at 30 minutes, 40 minutes, an hour, ... as long as the PC does go to sleep ...
    I BELIEVE Windows runs some background maintenance tasks when the PC is idle.
    MAYBE some of these tasks prevent sleep while the task is running ???

    i.e.
    The Defrag scheduled task only runs when the PC is idle, and stops if the PC becomes not idle, and then restarts later.
    If a Defrag is running, will that "delay" auto sleep until the task is finished ??? I don't know.

    By setting the auto sleep time to 2 minutes for testing, that eliminates background maintenance tasks that only run when the PC is idle and might interfere with sleep.
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  4. #1824


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bru View Post
    Arghhh. Stopped sleeping today. Really thought I had it resolved. powercfg -requests showed None so what prevented it from sleeping, I do not know. Using my MS account so will try a local account.

    Interestingly I am 100% sure I had the full path "\FileSystem\srvnet" listed as an override yesterday. When I checked today it was not listed.
    Did auto sleep stop working completely, or did the PC just not sleep exactly when you expected it to?

    Normally my auto sleep time is 30 minutes.
    When I'm testing sleep issues, I set the auto sleep time to 2 minutes.

    I've noticed with the 30 minute setting sometimes auto sleep takes longer, maybe 40 minutes or longer.
    I really don't care if the PC sleeps at 30 minutes, 40 minutes, an hour, ... as long as the PC does go to sleep ...
    I BELIEVE Windows runs some background maintenance tasks when the PC is idle.
    MAYBE some of these tasks prevent sleep while the task is running ???

    i.e.
    The Defrag scheduled task only runs when the PC is idle, and stops if the PC becomes not idle, and then restarts later.
    If a Defrag is running, will that "delay" auto sleep until the task is finished ??? I don't know.

    By setting the auto sleep time to 2 minutes for testing, that eliminates background maintenance tasks that only run when the PC is idle and might interfere with sleep.
    What about the scheduled maintenance task?
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  5. #1825


    Posts : 87
    Multi-Boot-PCs W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64


    I don't know what the maintenance task (WinSAT) does, but I looked in Task History and that task runs and finishes VERY Quickly...
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  6. #1826


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1


    Ok, I too have the same problem. My laptop automatically sleeps when it is suposed to when I had windows 8, upgraded to 8.1, and now it doesn't sleep when it is supposed to. What happens when it automatically is supposed to sleep is my HDD light keeps on blinking and the fans start going louder.

    Here is what I tried to no avail.

    Turned off IPV6

    Turned off hybrid sleep

    Under Power Options, setting it so that it media sharing allows the computer to sleep.

    I don't want to mess too much with the other settings either.

    If there are no solutions, and considering i only care that it goes to sleep so it doesn't drain my battery, I might simply remove my battery.
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  7. #1827


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    JMO, why not press the FN key & the sleep key.
    or just Sleep ?

    Click image for larger version

    I leave mine on 24/7. No sleep.
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  8. #1828


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1


    I also tried the leave homegroup thing, and it also didn't work.

    When the user sleeps, they aren't conscious to manually put the laptop, in battery mode, to sleep.

    There are situations when I am using battery mode, (I am a believer that I should drain and charge the battery to keep the battery life longer, although for my other laptop, it was plug it in all the time), that I watch movies, fall asleep while the laptop in battery mode is still on. I don't want it to drain all the way to 0, and would like it to automatically sleep.

    This is also a problem that shouldn't be happening. Automatic sleep is supposed to work. At least it did when had windows 8, until KB2973544 came in and forced my computer into 8.1.
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  9. #1829


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by signofzeta View Post
    I don't want to mess too much with the other settings either.

    If there are no solutions, and considering i only care that it goes to sleep so it doesn't drain my battery, I might simply remove my battery.
    When I first updated to 8.1, my computer didn't sleep either, but now it does. I think the December 2013 Patch Tuesday fixed my problem.

    However, although my computer sleeps when it's supposed to, I still turn it off at night or when I'm going to be away from it for an extended period of time. There's still that trickle of power being used even when it's asleep.

    Leaving your laptop plugged in (without the battery) will add a significant amount of $$ to your electric bill each month. Although leaving the battery in the laptop while the power cord is connected to an electrical supply won't drain your battery, long term, it will shorten the life of your battery, so if you want to leave the laptop on 24/7, it's wise to remove the battery.

    Also, I believe laptops default to automatically shut down when running on battery, so your battery doesn't drain if you leave it on.
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  10. #1830


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by signofzeta View Post
    I don't want to mess too much with the other settings either.

    If there are no solutions, and considering i only care that it goes to sleep so it doesn't drain my battery, I might simply remove my battery.
    When I first updated to 8.1, my computer didn't sleep either, but now it does. I think the December 2013 Patch Tuesday fixed my problem.

    However, although my computer sleeps when it's supposed to, I still turn it off at night or when I'm going to be away from it for an extended period of time. There's still that trickle of power being used even when it's asleep.

    Leaving your laptop plugged in (without the battery) will add a significant amount of $$ to your electric bill each month. Although leaving the battery in the laptop while the power cord is connected to an electrical supply won't drain your battery, long term, it will shorten the life of your battery, so if you want to leave the laptop on 24/7, it's wise to remove the battery.

    Also, I believe laptops default to automatically shut down when running on battery, so your battery doesn't drain if you leave it on.
    When did you update your computer to 8.1, and where can I find this December 2013 patch? I just upgraded my windows 8 laptop to 8.1 a few days ago, so I don't know if it brings with it any patches.
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