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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #2001


    Posts : 59
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Ishyu Darunque View Post
    Download Switch Off - Get latest official release | Airytec Free program solves the sleep problem. Just set timer and to "No keyboard or mouse activity" instead of "No CPU activity."


    There are so many ways you can do this without installing 3rd party software. Create a task to sleep the PC when idle. Only problem is it will sleep in the middle of file sharing or any other activity that is meant to keep the PC awake. For me using a local account works fine but I want one drive on my laptop so I just close the lid when I want it to sleep.

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  2. #2002


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Under settings, you can enable "Force programs to sleep" or not. He//, if it wasn't for 3PS, I wouldn't be using Windows 8.1 (Start8)! Cheers!
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  3. #2003


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    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Ishyu Darunque View Post
    Download Switch Off - Get latest official release | Airytec Free program solves the sleep problem. Just set timer and to "No keyboard or mouse activity" instead of "No CPU activity."
    And if I'm downloading (mine goes to sleep while downloading if I don't set it to "never sleep")? Can you turn it off until you're through downloading?
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  4. #2004


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ishyu Darunque View Post
    Download Switch Off - Get latest official release | Airytec Free program solves the sleep problem. Just set timer and to "No keyboard or mouse activity" instead of "No CPU activity."
    And if I'm downloading (mine goes to sleep while downloading if I don't set it to "never sleep")? Can you turn it off until you're through downloading?
    Download it and see for yourself. I am just passing along a solution for those of us that had problems with 8.1 not timing out and going to sleep/hibernate/shut off.
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  5. #2005


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 x64

    Perhaps a good solution for "srvnet" ?!?


    Hi everyone,

    I've been reading this thread and searched the net for long about this problem, but nothing worked completely for me; Anyway In the past few days I came to a possible solution, I hope.

    The problem I had regarding the auto-sleep was only due to "srvnet" driver that sometimes (randomly) keeps the power request stuck even with no network activity at all (eg disconnecting LAN cable or disabling NIC); when working correctly, srvnet request disappear after about 3 min.

    So I thought that this behavior was caused by a bug in the srvnet driver that doesn't remove the request sometime; in fact when it happens, stopping and restarting the server with "net stop /y srv" and "net start /y srv" commands solves the problem, temporarily.
    I also read that some users started to have sleep problems when they upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, and that Windows 10 Tech Preview seemed to auto-sleep properly; this gave me an idea.

    Since I have Windows 10 TP installed in another PC to test it, I thought to swap the W8.1 srvnet.sys driver with the W10 one.

    When I found "srvnet.sys" in "C:\Windows\System32\drivers" folder, I noticed that there are another 2 files regarding network and sharing: srv.sys (Server driver) and srv2.sys.

    First I swapped srvnet.sys files, but when I restarted the system the server didn't start at all and the sharing was not working, so I restored the original srvnet.sys;
    then I swapped srv2.sys and the result was the same so I restored the original one;
    at the end I swapped srv.sys driver and... finally everything seemed to work well!

    I kept this configuration for about a week and srvnet never got stuck in power request;
    so I decided to do a countercheck, swapping srv.sys with original W8.1 driver and I didn't had to wait too much before the srvnet power request got stuck forever, again.

    In a nutshell, all you have to do to try this solution is to swap the W8.1 "srv.sys" file located in "C:\Windows\System32\drivers" directory with the W10 TP one.

    I attached a zip containing the one I took from my W10 system.
    Note that to do this you have to take ownership of the file and be sure that you have the full control (read and write) of it (there are thousands guides on how to do this).


    srv.zip

    Also, would be interesting doing the same with the "srv.sys" from Windows 8, but i couldn't find it.

    I hope this could help someone.

    Bye!
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  6. #2006


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    That sounds very promising. I thought people had given up. I wonder how many cases this actually solves since it's probably more than srvnet for some people.

    Anyhow will the system integrity checker (SFC) end up swapping the 8.1 version back? Is SFC run by the system like during upgrades? Maybe it doesn't matter since the next upgrade is windows 10 unless there is an interim?
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  7. #2007


    Wow,
    This thread is still alive, damn man.
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  8. #2008


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post
    That sounds very promising. I thought people had given up. I wonder how many cases this actually solves since it's probably more than srvnet for some people.

    Anyhow will the system integrity checker (SFC) end up swapping the 8.1 version back? Is SFC run by the system like during upgrades? Maybe it doesn't matter since the next upgrade is windows 10 unless there is an interim?
    Yes, most gave up time ago and maybe it's too late, since Windows 10 is coming; anyway better late than never.


    About the cases that this could solve, I think that simply other cases are not caused by a bug of the OS.
    Also I think that it's not difficult to find where is the problem through the "powercfg.exe -requests" command; if only srvnet is showing up in the requests and doesn't go away when there are no more active sharings, then it's worth a try.


    About the system integrity checker you could be right, anyway my systems did some updates and so far the W10 srv.sys is still there and seems to work.

    Bye!
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  9. #2009


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    [QUOTE=EnricoS;482789][QUOTE=NCguy;482721


    About the system integrity checker you could be right, anyway my systems did some updates and so far the W10 srv.sys is still there and seems to work.

    Bye![/QUOTE]


    I was so thinking more about a major upgrade, like the 8.0 to 8.1. But as I mentioned there probably won't be another until 10 is released and it should be easy enough to swap the old version in prior to a major update, if it were to happen, just to be cautious.
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  10. #2010


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


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