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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #41


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    That may the the issue - I never use HOMEGROUP at all, I use an Administrator account for sharing and connecting.

    It gives you that option when you initially connect to your network, you get 3 choices: Home Network, Work Network or Public Network. I always use HOME even when connected via laptop to a free wifi.

    When you choose HOME network, it will then continue on to create a Homegroup for you, or let you use Windows Sharing. I always choose Windows Sharing.

    I'd have to set up a new computer to my network and go through this again, that way I can save Screen shots.

    Ok, it's pretty much the same as it was in Windows 7 - Choose Home:

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    Then cancel out of the next screen:

    Click image for larger version

    And then you can set up regular Windows Sharing via the Admin account (remember to set a password for the Admin account else it won't work).

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  2. #42


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Is there an icon for beating my head against my keyboard? I got Homegroup to work by changing the password. Now I cannot get the computer to sleep by either method, leaving Homegroup or disabling IPv6. Automatic sleeping used to work, some sort of Win8.1 RTM issue. Not worth the bother to try to fix it any more. I will manually sleep it or let it run polluting my precious bodily fluids.
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  3. #43


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I have to admit, I've never used "Hoomegoop", is it any better than just using Windows Networking?

    It just seemed like too much plumbing installed to Windows where regular Windows Networking was always good enough for me in XP. And because I still have at least one Windows XP workstation, I just stuck with the Windows Networking.
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  4. #44


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    I have to admit, I've never used "Hoomegoop", is it any better than just using Windows Networking?

    It just seemed like too much plumbing installed to Windows where regular Windows Networking was always good enough for me in XP. And because I still have at least one Windows XP workstation, I just stuck with the Windows Networking.
    Homegroup works very well. It makes sharing folders and printers a snap, Right click on a folder, share with Homegroup. Done. I have not bothered with anything but since Win7. frankly, I do not even know how to share a folder with Workgroup any more (but I am sure there is a tutorial on it!)
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  5. #45


    Posts : 60
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    First off, I want to thank this community for its support in helping members and non-members alike. I'm bad about reading other's threads, but never joining myself. In this case, I joined this forum specifically to weigh in on the issue and help offer some support.

    johnpombrio, you and I are having exactly the same problems. Like you, I have been trying for weeks (feels like months) to troubleshoot this problem. I've been able to narrow it down to Homegroup and WOL, although I am suspecting it may be deeper than that. Perhaps it is a NIC driver issue? I too have scoured other forums and websites trying to figure it out, but alas the problem remains.

    Here are my current observations:

    • Two desktop machines on a wired connection
    • Both machines with Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64 bit)
    • With Homegroup enabled and WOL disabled, both machines auto sleep and manual sleep just fine.
    • With Homegroup disabled and WOL enabled, both machines auto sleep and manual sleep just fine.
    • With Homegroup disabled and WOL disabled, both machines auto sleep and manual sleep just fine.
    • With Homegroup and WOL enabled, neither machine will auto sleep, but sleep on manual command just fine.
      • Under this scenario, I removed both machines from Homegroup, and leave WOL enabled. Restart the computer and create a Homegroup on Machine 1 and Join the Homegroup on Machine 2. Set sleep timer for 10 minutes on Machine 1 and 20 minutes on Machine 2. Machine 1 falls asleep after ~10 minutes. However, Machine 2 does not fall asleep on its timer (even waited over an hour just to see).
        • Here's where it get's really strange. I wake Machine 1 up. Move the mouse around for a second or two and walk away. Machine 2 falls asleep on its 20 minute timer. However, Machine 1 is now an insomniac and won't fall back asleep.

      • I thought this could be a driver issue. I have a Rampage IV Extreme motherboard on Machine 1 with an onboard Intel 82579V NIC. I updated it's driver, but problem still persists. Machine 2 has an older XFX 780i motherboard. The NVidia driver is as current as it's ever going to get (which is to say it's actually quite outdated.)


    I think we're getting close to figuring this out. If it worked in Windows 7 and Windows 8, then surely it can work in Windows 8.1. Have you had any other success on your end?
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  6. #46


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by Rockhound View Post
    First off, I want to thank this community for its support in helping members and non-members alike. I'm bad about reading other's threads, but never joining myself. In this case, I joined this forum specifically to weigh in on the issue and help offer some support.

    johnpombrio, you and I are having exactly the same problems. Like you, I have been trying for weeks (feels like months) to troubleshoot this problem. I've been able to narrow it down to Homegroup and WOL, although I am suspecting it may be deeper than that. Perhaps it is a NIC driver issue? I too have scoured other forums and websites trying to figure it out, but alas the problem remains.

    I think we're getting close to figuring this out. If it worked in Windows 7 and Windows 8, then surely it can work in Windows 8.1. Have you had any other success on your end?
    Rockhound, Welcome to the Win8 forums!

    I have NOT been able to fix my sleep issue. I still have two ASUS mobos (Z77 and Z87) that will not auto-sleep in Win8.1 Pro. I have Homegroup enabled and Wake On LAN disabled. At some point, I had them sleeping by disabling either IPv6 and/or Homegroup. Since Homegroup USES IPv6, I had to enable it in order to run Homegroup (which I use a LOT). I do not use Media Player so that is not an issue.

    Since both machines would easily auto-sleep before upgrading to Win8.1 Pro, I have to consider the upgrade to be the issue. The major sticking point with my machines is having Homegroup enabled and running. I now have to MANUALLY sleep both machines.

    When trying to see if sleep works, put it on sleep after one minute, you spend less time waiting, heh.

    I have given up on trying to fix the issue as I seriously messed up my LAN driver to the point where I had to uninstall the driver and let Windows reinstall it for me. I also had to reset my Homegroup password on one machine and load it into the other machine to get THAT back up and running.

    Right now I am just waiting for a Win update to fix auto-sleep as I have run out of ideas and have yet to find a solution on the web. Boy, I have worked hours and hours on this issue myself!

    EDIT 2013-12-28 This did not fix the problem. For me, a MS update on Dec 11th fixed it.
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 28 Dec 2013 at 14:39.
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  7. #47


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    On Win8.1 Pro, disabling the network port (after booting with port enabled) will allow the computer to sleep. That is at least some progress, heh. Now to try to figure out what process in the network is keeping the computer from sleeping.


    Rockhound, if you are following, could you verify this with your machine too? On the Network Internet access Icon in the notification icon, right click-open Network and sharing Center-Connections-ethernet-disable. To enable Change adapter settings- double click on Ethernet which will enable networking again.
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  8. #48


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Solved! Damn it, I solved it! What a bitch. All computers that are using HOMEGROUP have to all be on the same HOMEGROUP and have to be properly configured to share something before any of the computers will auto sleep properly.

    Example, I had two computers on Win 8.1 Pro (which automatically starts a HOMEGROUP when installed) that would NOT connect using my old HOMEGROUP password. I created a new HOMEGROUP password and managed to get these two computers to share files. However, there was a THIRD computer on the network (with Win 8) who had the old HOMEGROUP password. I successfully changed it to the new HOMEGROUP by leaving and rejoining using the new password. Yet I could not see any files on this last computer. I had to UNSHARE with the HOMEGROUP all of the files and folders under users. Then I shared the one folder that I wanted to share. That worked and that also FINALLY let my computer sleep!

    I think this is the reason why some of the workarounds fixed the issue. The netsrv issue is probably trying to connect to the HOMEGROUP computers that are not connected properly. Leaving HOMEGROUP would fix the problem, as well as turning off IPv6 (which is needed by HOMEGROUP to connect), and finally killing the LAN just turns off all sharing.

    I tell you tho, I have my fingers and toes crossed that I have finished with this issue. ++++++++++ ++++++++++

    EDIT: NOPE. NO FIX. It started having issues a couple of days later.

    EDIT 2013-12-28 This did not fix the problem. For me, a MS update on Dec 11th fixed it.
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 28 Dec 2013 at 14:40.
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  9. #49


    Posts : 60
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Interesting. Very interesting. Sorry, I haven't replied in awhile, I've been away on work, but I just got back and saw your updates. I tried as you suggested by disabling the network port after it has booted with the port enabled and the computer sleeps like it should.

    Currently, I have removed all computers from the Homegroup because it was just causing too much problems with sleep. However, I would really like to have it because it makes sharing files much easier.

    So you really think you put a nail in this one, huh? That's a very interesting solution. Just to make sure I got it right, you create a Homegroup on one computer and join the Homegroup on other computers. Then (and I'm hoping this is the key), you unshare all files and folders under users on all computers and then you reshare the file/folders that you want. I'm going to give this a try tonight when I get home. It sounds promising.
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  10. #50


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by Rockhound View Post
    So you really think you put a nail in this one, huh? That's a very interesting solution. Just to make sure I got it right, you create a Homegroup on one computer and join the Homegroup on other computers. Then (and I'm hoping this is the key), you unshare all files and folders under users on all computers and then you reshare the file/folders that you want. I'm going to give this a try tonight when I get home. It sounds promising.
    Heh, I am hoping! First try turning off your network adapter (see above post of mine) and change sleep to one minute. Give it a few minutes to sleep. If that works, then HOMEGROUP could definitely be your issue.

    Leave what is shared alone. On two of my machines, they shared fine but would not sleep. The third computer I had to unshare all folders and files after users, then share what I wanted to share.

    Good Luck!
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