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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #1961


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by bru View Post
    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.
    Bru, if we are resolved to only a local account then we are implicitly saying that sleep, using Microsoft built in, is more important than onedrive. Are we assuming that this is the case for most people?

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  2. #1962


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post
    Bru, if we are resolved to only a local account then we are implicitly saying that sleep, using Microsoft built in, is more important than onedrive. Are we assuming that this is the case for most people?
    I would say it depends on whether the individual uses OneDrive, or, how important OneDrive is to each of us.

    I haven't used OneDrive all that much, except to kind of check it out, but today, I decided to put the contents of my external drive onto OneDrive for security. So for me, OneDrive has just become more important than sleep. Who'd've ever thunk it?

    That said, so far, both the desktop and the laptop sleep reliably.

    Got an Android tablet? Talk about yer sleep values; ya cain't keep the silly things awake!
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  3. #1963


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post
    Bru, if we are resolved to only a local account then we are implicitly saying that sleep, using Microsoft built in, is more important than onedrive. Are we assuming that this is the case for most people?
    I would say it depends on whether the individual uses OneDrive, or, how important OneDrive is to each of us.

    I haven't used OneDrive all that much, except to kind of check it out, but today, I decided to put the contents of my external drive onto OneDrive for security. So for me, OneDrive has just become more important than sleep. Who'd've ever thunk it?

    That said, so far, both the desktop and the laptop sleep reliably.

    Got an Android tablet? Talk about yer sleep values; ya cain't keep the silly things awake!
    I guess if you do need onedrive and you can't sleep without a local account then StandbyHelper may be your only option? Hate to sound like a commercial for StandbyHelper but it just does most of what Windows sleep was intended to do. And with zero effort.
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  4. #1964


    Blackburn
    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by bru View Post
    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.
    Hi Bru,

    1. It went to sleep yesterday evening when I was testing it, I did fiddle with the Power settings after using the Power Troubleshooter which changed a few settings which I didn't like but nothing I can see that would interfere with Sleep.
    2. I've gone to through the settings and I can't see anything which might cause a conflict unless for example 'Turn off hard drive' must be 1 min before sleep time.
    3. My laptop automatically logs me into my Hotmail account and I'm not sure what you mean by Local Account!
    4. I've used powercfg -requests and there was no issues, tried powercfg energy which reported no issues.
    I'm not part of a Homegroup either...

    Thank you for getting back to me though, Windows 8.1 won't sleep - fixedByVonnie suggested Turning off IPv6, would that help?
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  5. #1965


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


    [QUOTE=wilpang;465766]
    Quote Originally Posted by bru View Post
    Hi Bru,

    1. It went to sleep yesterday evening when I was testing it, I did fiddle with the Power settings after using the Power Troubleshooter which changed a few settings which I didn't like but nothing I can see that would interfere with Sleep.
    2. I've gone to through the settings and I can't see anything which might cause a conflict unless for example 'Turn off hard drive' must be 1 min before sleep time.
    3. My laptop automatically logs me into my Hotmail account and I'm not sure what you mean by Local Account!
    4. I've used powercfg -requests and there was no issues, tried powercfg energy which reported no issues.
    I'm not part of a Homegroup either...

    Thank you for getting back to me though, Windows 8.1 won't sleep - fixedByVonnie suggested Turning off IPv6, would that help?
    The local account refers to how you log in to the computer. Win 8 (and 8.1) prompts you to either use or set up a Microsoft account when you first set up the computer. You can change to a local account (in Accounts I think you choose Disconnect from your Microsoft account) but then some things like One Drive will not be synced. It sounds like you used you Hotmail account to set up the Microsoft account.

    As for IPv6, it is one of the many tweaks that has been suggested. I am sure it worked for someone but it did not resolve my sleep issue. Can't hurt to try.
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  6. #1966


    Whenever mine was having issues sleeping, I returned it to the manufacturer and they fixed it. It sleeps now. Also, I believe it was a program that was causing it to mess up. So, I would first attempt to reset or refresh it. If that doesn't work, try and see what program might be interfering. If that doesn't work, contact your manufacturer if it's under warranty and ask them to fix it. The warranty work should be free if it's under warranty.
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  7. #1967


    Posts : 59
    Windows 8.1


    This is like a broken record but this issue affects all my PCs so it isn't hardware related. The PC sleeps for a while but then will eventually stop and wouldn't work again unless I restart or log out then back in. Not interested in killing my server or file sharing or using local accounts which I did try and it did not solve the problem. Disabling IP6 did nothing either.

    I decided to try something different. I created a new account and made it admin then changed my regular account to standard. Sleep has not stopped working as yet.

    Edit. Stopped sleeping after a while so didn't work. I give up.
    Last edited by Deihmos; 10 Jan 2015 at 09:37.
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  8. #1968


    Blackburn
    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    Thanks for the suggestions so far, I've noticed something when I was experimenting with the settings and have noticed that if Turn off the display is set to never in the Power Options the laptop sleeps with no issue. But if the screen goes off first or at the same time then sleep will not kick in which sounds like a bug...

    Can one of you guys see if they can reproduce that maybe it's just mine!?
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  9. #1969


    Mine is having issues sleeping again as well. I am absolutely tired of this. Let's just hope its a bad day for my computer, and tomorrow will be better.
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  10. #1970


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


    My computer sleeps from sleep button or on a timer.
    I have no special settings enabled.
    It just sleeps & wakes up when I press the space bar.
    No password on wakeup.

    Win8.1.1 Pro/wmc
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