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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #501


    Ohio - USA
    Posts : 31
    Win 8 Pro.1 w/ media center (Both)


    I've read through the first 17 pages of this forum but I'm still having issues.

    When I run powercfg last_wake nothing comes up and event viewer has no record of my computer waking up and on the off chance it does Windows has no idea what woke it.

    Something else odd is that my power button only puts the computer to sleep probably 25% of the time, the other 75% it does nothing, even when holding the button down to the point of when a force shutdown should happen.

    I have an AsRock Z77 Extreme6 motherboard with Intel i7 3770k. I have installed all the newest drivers and software from Asrocks's website. Action Center says to update my INF drivers and chipset drivers though no matter what I do.

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  2. #502


    Zenix, perhaps you could explain more thoroughly what problems you are having. I can see what problems you have with the power button but it is not clear about the rest.

    Does your comp sleep but not wake (you mention waking investigation)? This area is not spelt out. Have another go!

    Has your comp ever slept properly with the power button, like with another win version?
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  3. #503


    Ohio - USA
    Posts : 31
    Win 8 Pro.1 w/ media center (Both)


    After about 2 hours during the day my computer will wake itself up and never go back to sleep on its own. When I run powercfg lastwake after that nothing comes up, just "Wake History [0]"

    Pressing the power button does nothing most of the time even though it is set in power options to send the computer to sleep.

    Everything worked with Windows 8, just not 8.1.
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  4. #504


    Posts : 26
    Windows 8.1 (64-bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by ZenixNet View Post
    After about 2 hours during the day my computer will wake itself up and never go back to sleep on its own. When I run powercfg lastwake after that nothing comes up, just "Wake History [0]"

    Pressing the power button does nothing most of the time even though it is set in power options to send the computer to sleep.

    Everything worked with Windows 8, just not 8.1.
    I provided a solution that has worked for me & other people on this forum. You can check it out:
    Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep
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  5. #505


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Whow! I have been out of the loop from this post for a while!

    I am doubtful for all the folks that have "solved" the problem by turning off various things. I have pretty much two identical machines, one is an Ivy Bridge and one is a Haswell, but that is about it. One sleeps with Win8.1 release and one does not. They are running all of the exact same programs, same settings, same logon, same Homegroup, same Skydrive, same third party programs, same windows defender, same firewall settings.

    If anything, I would guess that there is something different in HARDWARE rather than any software, especially Windows software.

    I too have solved the sleep issue MANY TIMES. Leaving Homegroup solved it, turning off Skydrive solved it, turning off power services solved it, rebooting every night solved it, using a local account solved it. Until they all didn't solve it. The issue always came back! Sometimes I could sleep for 4-5 times, once I went a week but it came back!

    If you can get it to work for you, then that is terrific! But most of us here have tried all these latest fixes without luck. Just do not get your hopes up.
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  6. #506


    Posts : 26
    Windows 8.1 (64-bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Whow! I have been out of the loop from this post for a while!

    I am doubtful for all the folks that have "solved" the problem by turning off various things. I have pretty much two identical machines, one is an Ivy Bridge and one is a Haswell, but that is about it. One sleeps with Win8.1 release and one does not. They are running all of the exact same programs, same settings, same logon, same Homegroup, same Skydrive, same third party programs, same windows defender, same firewall settings.

    If anything, I would guess that there is something different in HARDWARE rather than any software, especially Windows software.

    I too have solved the sleep issue MANY TIMES. Leaving Homegroup solved it, turning off Skydrive solved it, turning off power services solved it, rebooting every night solved it, using a local account solved it. Until they all didn't solve it. The issue always came back! Sometimes I could sleep for 4-5 times, once I went a week but it came back!

    If you can get it to work for you, then that is terrific! But most of us here have tried all these latest fixes without luck. Just do not get your hopes up.
    I have two systems, one 32 bit & the other 64 bit, both were running fine with Windows 8 Pro. When I upgraded to Windows 8.1 (Clean Install), I started to get this Sleep issue. I tried all kinds of things to fix this, but the final solution I found was switching to a Local Account.
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  7. #507


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 Home x64


    I have also been having problems with both automatic sleep and automatic hibernation since updating my home computer from 8 to 8.1. It worked fine in Windows 8. I have a Dell XPS18 that is < 5 months old and has not given me any other significant issues up to this point.

    I have attempted (I believe) every solution suggested in this thread, with no success. I disabled Skydrive using the registry hack that was posted previously (I don't have Pro or Enterprise and didn't feel like paying $100 to get gpedit only to have the solution not work). I went into my power settings and turned off hybrid sleep, and set multimedia to allow the computer to sleep. I disabled all sharing on the computer and ditched HomeGroup (there are no other HomeGroup members on my network). I converted to a Local account per maliksaad's suggestion above. All of these solutions have failed to correct the issue.

    One thing I wanted to mention that I did not see in previous discussions in this thread is that I can't even set up automatic hibernation on this computer anymore. The sleep timer is being ignored for sure, but I can't even set a Hibernate time anymore.
    What's happening is that something is setting the Hibernate timers for my active power plan to Never, no matter what I do. To be specific: in Power Options, my machine is set to the Dell power plan. When I click Change Plan Settings, then Change Advanced Power Settings, I expand Sleep, then Hibernate, and it's set to Never. I change these to any number at all (preferably 15 on battery and 30 plugged in, but I've tried larger values just for giggles), then Apply, then OK. If I then go immediately back into the advanced power settings for the Dell plan, expand Sleep and then Hibernate, they have changed themselves back to Never.

    If I go into the advanced settings for the other power plans which are not active, I can set the Hibernate values to whatever I want, hit OK, then go back into the advanced editor and look at it, and the values I entered are still there. However, if I then select that power plan as my active power plan, and then go back to the advanced settings, the Hibernate settings are once again set to Never.

    I tried running powercfg -requests to see if there is a power request issue, but all listings say None. I don't see that being the issue anyway, because I can't even set Hibernate to anything other than Never in the first place.

    I thought it might be an admin rights issue, where maybe it can't write my changes to the registry. Problem with that theory is, there's only one user account on the computer and it is designated as an administrator, plus all my other changes to the advanced settings seem to stick (whether they actually kick in is a different story). This is the same reason I don't think my AV is responsible - if my AV were locking my settings, it would be locking all of them, not just the Hibernate timers. I did try disabling my AV anyway, but no dice.

    I even tried creating a brand new power plan, and I have the same exact problem. Something is looking at my active power plan and actively changing the Hibernate timers to Never. I imagine it's the same thing that's causing it to not sleep (though the "turn off display" timers are working just fine), but I just have absolutely no idea what's causing it at this point. I'm beginning to think it's just something that's broken in 8.1 that MS needs to fix. But if anyone has any other bright ideas, I'm all ears.
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  8. #508


    Posts : 63
    Windows 8.1 pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by maliksaad View Post
    I have two systems, one 32 bit & the other 64 bit, both were running fine with Windows 8 Pro. When I upgraded to Windows 8.1 (Clean Install), I started to get this Sleep issue. I tried all kinds of things to fix this, but the final solution I found was switching to a Local Account.
    I concur, problem solved once I switched to local acc. It has been more than a week and sleep timer finally works as intended on 8.1.
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  9. #509


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 Home x64


    Update: It appears that sleep mode may be corrected now for me, even though I have switched back to a standard Microsoft account and re-enabled SkyDrive via the registry hack previously posted. However, I am still having the issue where my active power plan, no matter which plan that is, is being set to Never for the automatic hibernate times. Unfortunately I don't know enough about all this to know whether that's related to the sleep issues being discussed, or if that's a truly separate and unique problem.
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  10. #510


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1

    Sleep issues in 8.1 and SkyDrive and Non-Microsoft Account


    My issue is not unlike most of the other posts. I updated to 8.1 and since then I have been unable to get sleep to work without manually putting the computer to sleep. I have also experienced the issue of the computer waking up whenever it decides its time to wake up even though I have disabled the advanced sleep options regarding responding to 'wake up' both in bios and in advanced windows power configuration dialog box. And like others have reported,, the second computer on my network with windows 8.1 will allow my main computer to sleep if it is on and active. Three other computers have windows 7 and there is no issue with them. My question is how to set up a non-Microsoft account in windows 8.1? I have tried but am informed that you cannot do that with SKYDRIVE. Whenever I disable SkyDrive in my task menu it comes back on immediately! Any suggestions? I don't know why this issue has not been addressed by Microsoft. There is no way to get rid of SkyDrive so it seems I am stuck with a 'broken' computer.

    I finally read the post on how to change to local account. Following this change, the system still does not sleep -- unless manually -- and it still wakes up spontaneously! I have switched back to Microsoft account.
    Last edited by magilla; 11 Dec 2013 at 13:36.
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