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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #1951


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Question - is it that it only goes to sleep manually and won't sleep after the amount of time required for sleep has passed? I'm assuming that based on your last reply. If so, there could be something keeping it awake (and that can be ferreted out, btw).

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  2. #1952


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


    I have the Power Plan set to turn off display after five minute and sleep after 10 minutes. It stays awake and will not sleep unless I manually do it.

    Powercfg -requests show no processes or drivers keeping it awake. "None" across the board. Previously I set overrides for SRVNET and one or two others and that worked, but no overrides to set.
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  3. #1953


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Interesting. I've seen programs and services (like Windows Media Player sharing) that can keep machines awake, but they usually register as processes to -requests. At least we can be sure that nothing running with admin visibility is using the SetThreadExecutionState API to forcefully stay open.

    What does powercfg /DEVICEQUERY wake_armed and powercfg /waketimers show? Also, do you have anything running on the system that would include a wake timer, like IE or a media player (or media service)?
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  4. #1954


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


    Quote Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
    What does powercfg /DEVICEQUERY wake_armed and powercfg /waketimers show? Also, do you have anything running on the system that would include a wake timer, like IE or a media player (or media service)?
    "None" and "There are no active wake timers in the system".

    edit: Standby. There seems to be some sleep happening.
    Last edited by bru; 30 Dec 2014 at 19:21.
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  5. #1955


    Redmond
    Posts : 651
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Hm..... I will await further reports .
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  6. #1956


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


    Quote Originally Posted by cluberti View Post
    Hm..... I will await further reports .
    Laptop running Win 8.1 is again sleeping reliably. There was a program interfering with sleep (I had its settings wrong). Once I resolved that and again added a Process Override (\FileSystem\srvnet so far) it is sleeping just as it did before the refresh.

    To summarize what I had to do (both pre and post refresh) to get it to sleep when it definitely wasn't before.

    1. Use a local account. This is key, without the local account it will never sleep reliably.
    2. Use Powercfg -requests to determine what processes are interfering with sleep and set the appropriate Overrides.

    That's it. Keeping fingers crossed it continues to sleep reliably.
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  7. #1957


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by bru View Post
    To summarize what I had to do (both pre and post refresh) to get it to sleep when it definitely wasn't before.

    1. Use a local account. This is key, without the local account it will never sleep reliably.
    2. Use Powercfg -requests to determine what processes are interfering with sleep and set the appropriate Overrides.

    That's it. Keeping fingers crossed it continues to sleep reliably.
    Bru, I need a little clarification on #1. Are you saying a local account is necessary for all laptops to sleep (I don't really think so) or that the local account is necessary for your laptop?

    The reason I'm asking is that my laptops have always slept reliably; just this silly desktop used to have problems sleeping.
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  8. #1958


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Bru, I need a little clarification on #1. Are you saying a local account is necessary for all laptops to sleep (I don't really think so) or that the local account is necessary for your laptop?

    The reason I'm asking is that my laptops have always slept reliably; just this silly desktop used to have problems sleeping.
    Speaking about my laptop of course. On my 8.1 laptop it needs to use a local account in order for it to sleep reliably. If I switch to an MS account it will not sleep reliably. It goes back to the typical behavior of sleeping after a reboot and then eventually not sleeping again. Even with the same overrides set.

    I only have the one 8.1 machine so can't comment on a desktop but I will say that I went ahead and added Overrides to my Win 7 desktop because it seemed to be having some sleep issues occasionally related to \FileSystem\srvnet.
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  9. #1959


    Blackburn
    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Hi guys,

    I am having similiar issues, not sure if it's been resolved without checking almost 200 pages...

    I went through the Troubleshooting on Power as suggested from another website and tested if it sleeps when set for 25min and it did even with something downloading in the background which is what I want.

    I tested it again yesterday night but set it to 2 hours which is the approx time a download was to be completed and when I checked this morning the laptop was idle but awake and download complete. I ran the powercfg on Command prompt and it states that no time was set for sleep which I know there was when I checked the Power Options!!

    Any insights would be great!
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  10. #1960


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


    Quote Originally Posted by wilpang View Post
    Any insights would be great!
    I am by no means an expert in anything computer related but I did manage to resolve my sleep issue. At least for now.

    I would look at it analytically.

    1. You implied it previously did sleep. Was this for quite a while and then you now have the sleep problem? If so, what if anything changed?
    2. Have you gone through your power settings to make sure you have them set the best way to facilitate sleep? Earlier in this thread there is a checklist.
    3. Are you using an MS account? I have found my computer will only sleep reliably if I am using a local account. Others seem to agree.
    4. Did you check what processes or drivers may have prevented sleep using powercfg -requests from an elevated Command Prompt? I set overrides for anything that was listed. \FileSystem\srvnet seems to be the main culprit.
    5. Related to above are you in a Homegroup? Many say that will cause a sleep issue. I was able to remain in a Homegroup and obtain sleep by doing the process overrides I mentioned.

    I would start with some or all of these and see if that helps.
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