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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #531


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Heh, sorry if I confused folks. Yes, the one thing that seemed to be consistent with our sleep issues was that it would be fixed by either disabling networking or unplugging the Ethernet cable. Obviously, this is not the solution, just an observation that seemed to be common with most folks that commented here.

    Linw, yes, my computer still has that annoying delay too but at least now it sleeps! I did not have that luxury at all before the update.

    Magilla, about a hundred posts ago, I gave up on the whole "try to fix the problem" as all I was doing was coming closer to lobotomizing my computer brain. I simply put my computer power button to "sleep" the computer and used it for sleep. I had NO expectations that it would magically fix itself but it seems to have with the latest update. Hurrah for me (but no good for you). If you have tried the other fixes then you indeed have limited options. Back to Win8? Manually sleep your computer? Wait for yet another update that might fix it? That is what we all were facing for the past few months. Me, I went with door number 2. I still use it.

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  2. #532


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by magilla View Post

    Yes my computer does sleep when the network cable is unplugged. I have checked and updated the latest drivers for the Ethernet device. I still have the issue of no auto sleep. This issue did not exist with windows 8.0. I have gone over the issues and suggested resolutions in this thread. I suppose that means that there is no solution except to return to windows 8.0. Is that what you are suggesting?
    No, not at all unless the computer's insomnia is something you cannot live with. You say you've updated drivers for Ethernet, but (dumb question) did you install the Windows Updates released earlier this week?

    I probably wouldn't have uninstalled Windows 8.1, but my computer (first store-bought desktop in years) crashed and burned within a couple of months and I had to send it in for repair. It came back with Windows 8.0 reinstalled and I have just left it that way. For me, not reinstalling 8.1 is something I can live with(out). I thought I had to have the Start button, but find I can get along quite well with the Quick Launch and Programs tool bars.
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  3. #533


    Posts : 50
    Win8.1-64 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Note to those who THINK they have ORIGINAL problem that started this whole, huge post. Try unplugging your network cable and see if the computer sleeps.
    As a reminder to my first post in this thread, I have tried every single suggestion, without exception, made in this thread and more. I've easily spent over 300 hours in testing... I should say first that I haven't tried the "unplug the cable method" since installing the last Windows Updates. However, at one point before then I thought that unplugging the cable or disabling network DID solve the insomnia problem for several days. But as it turned out it was simply one of those hopeful solutions that only worked when the planets aligned; same place so much of our testing has led us.

    The only thing which has seemed to allow the computer to fall asleep via timer properly and consistently for me has been to log off the MS account. Whether I sign out and remain on the sign in screen, or sign out and sign in with a local account - as long as I'm not signed into a MS account the computer falls asleep after two hours as it is set to do. I don't plan on going through the "extensive list" of testing again after applying the last MS patches, but I can confirm that the computer still isn't sleeping normally but does if I'm not logged into a MS account.

    The computer will, as I outlined in my first post in this thread, sleep on a timer after a reboot for awhile. But once it stops sleeping, that's it until a reboot or I log out of the MS account. After perhaps 40-50 tests I have never seen the computer not sleep properly after the two hours I have it set to sleep if I'm not logged into a MS account. And just to be clear, I have tried disabling SkyDrive via the metro options, the group polices AND the task scheduler all at once - didn't make a difference. I learned that the reboot after making the changes made a difference for a short while, but that is all.
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  4. #534


    Hasselt, Belgium
    Posts : 75
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32/64


    This is my last and final update.

    My PCs are still going to sleep as they should now.

    The only things I have disabled are, Homegroup and the IPv6 support on my network drivers.

    I disabled the IPv6, because my ISP doesn't support it yet, and I noticed that Windows 8.1 tried to contact a Microsoft IPv6 server every day which temporarily disturb the sleep function of the PC.

    My PC is set to sleep after 30 minutes, and hibernate after an hour. All of this is working fine now.

    I'm always logged in with my Microsoft account and SkyDrive is back in business as well. I even noticed that SkyDrive is sending the files to the server the moment I save them. (Editing or new files.)


    As mentioned before, I did need to install the latest drivers of my Graphic Card, else my PC would sometimes hang with a black screen when it came out of sleep. (The only way to restart my PC was by using the Reset or Power button of my PC.)

    All the previous programs I used are back on my PC, except for System Mechanic.


    Like I said, this will be my last update, unless the sleep function would stop working again, which I don't think will happen after working for such a long time now.

    I hope you guys will find a solution as well, the only thing I can say, "See if you can find the latest drivers for all your devices. Even for printers, scanners, Chipset, and so on."


    This was it then, signing out now and wishing you all the best for the new year!
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  5. #535


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Rudy, Thank you for all your help!

    Wynona, good to hear you are doing fine. Sounds like you are comfortable with Win8 so stick with it, a LOT of folks have not upgraded to 8.1 so you are in good company. Thanks for your input and have fun with your tablet!

    Gork, if you are able to sleep by simply not signing in on MS Live on bootup, then 95% of this whole post will be useless to you. We had a whole different problem! I (and others) tried logging off LONG AGO and it did not fix anything. You might want to start a new post on this site or do a thorough search of the internet using Google. The update only fixed our particular problem, I have no idea what will fix yours. Good luck!
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  6. #536


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Heh, sorry if I confused folks. Yes, the one thing that seemed to be consistent with our sleep issues was that it would be fixed by either disabling networking or unplugging the Ethernet cable. Obviously, this is not the solution, just an observation that seemed to be common with most folks that commented here.

    Linw, yes, my computer still has that annoying delay too but at least now it sleeps! I did not have that luxury at all before the update.

    Magilla, about a hundred posts ago, I gave up on the whole "try to fix the problem" as all I was doing was coming closer to lobotomizing my computer brain. I simply put my computer power button to "sleep" the computer and used it for sleep. I had NO expectations that it would magically fix itself but it seems to have with the latest update. Hurrah for me (but no good for you). If you have tried the other fixes then you indeed have limited options. Back to Win8? Manually sleep your computer? Wait for yet another update that might fix it? That is what we all were facing for the past few months. Me, I went with door number 2. I still use it.
    I am trying to live with manually sleeping the computers (the two with the problem) but one of them spontaneously awakens and this is what troubles me. I don't like to get up in the night and find my computer running! But I don't want to have to reinstall all the programs I have - which I would have to do with reverting to Windows 8.0. Good for Wynona for leaving well enough alone. I am so sorry I didn't do that. I will keep following the thread and see if something else sounds useful.
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  7. #537


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.0


    Well, I'm not sure if this problem is more interesting than frustrating, which is part of the attraction of the tech. side of stuff I guess, but.... I've reinstalled 8.1 & seem to be having 'moderate' success with IPV6 disabled & leaving the Homegroup. BTW I believe that the Homegroup won't work without IPV6 too.

    My PC is sleeping much better now, but I do find it awake at times(when it shouldn't be), but I do wonder how many of the 'wakes' are due to legitimate activity ? scheduled maintenance for example ?

    Now, here's the thing... Win 8.1 offers very little over 8 IMHO, & probably isn't worth the hassle of the upgrade if you need reliable sleep. With a little tweaking it looks like it's possible to have a reasonable compromise - I'm reasonably happy with mine just now & am certain an update will fix this issue.

    Thanks for all the contributions that helped highlight how this issue might be solved :-)
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  8. #538


    Posts : 50
    Win8.1-64 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Gork, if you are able to sleep by simply not signing in on MS Live on bootup, then 95% of this whole post will be useless to you. We had a whole different problem! I (and others) tried logging off LONG AGO and it did not fix anything. You might want to start a new post on this site or do a thorough search of the internet using Google. The update only fixed our particular problem, I have no idea what will fix yours. Good luck!
    Thanks. Been there, done that, bought the T-Shirt! ;) Well, all except starting a new thread which doesn't seem very productive at this point. I've pretty much given up on a solution but I'm sure I'll revisit the problem now and again. Heck, I've already given up 2-3 times and later revisited it. I can't tell you the number of times I thought I had a solution with the testing I've done all to find out later that rebooting the computer only made these things temporarily SEEM like a solution. I even tried blocking all TCP/UDP traffic through my router and thoroughly checking through packet sniffs. I wish I'd have started a list of my testing procedures from the beginning that I could share in case it helped others, but unfortunately I didn't do so until close to "the end."

    Just for the sake of clarity, once I verify my computer no longer sleeps I can actually sign out of the MS account, remain on the login screen or sign in on a non MS account and the computer will start sleeping. If I sign back in on the MS account it stops sleeping again. So odd. At this point I'm wondering if this, for me, is related to a change in the OS and something in my motherboard. (All drivers and firmware are up to date, btw - I truly have tried every single idea brought up in this thread as well as many other things.)

    As far as 95% of the thread being useless to me - it most certainly wasn't. It gave me all kinds of ideas to try out. :) It'll be interesting to see if the problem remains when I build my next computer and move this one into the server room. Of course, I have to win the lottery first. /sigh
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  9. #539


    Hasselt, Belgium
    Posts : 75
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32/64


    Answering the big change I noticed between Windows 8 and 8.1, is that with 8.1, there is a lot of information about your settings that is send to a Microsoft server through SkyDrive.

    Like all your favorites in Internet Explorer are now shared through your Microsoft Live account on all your PCs


    One thing I remember, from when my PCs didn't sleep, was that when I opened a new tab in IE, where you see the frequent visited websites, it was always blank when I rebooted my PC. Which would suggest the system had trouble connecting to the Microsoft server and probably kept my network busy until it managed a connection. That's probably why it didn't go to sleep.

    After I found the program that messed up my systems, the connection to the Microsoft servers were repaired and my PCs could stop wasting time to connect to it.

    This was just something I remembered just now, and is maybe something the people who still have problems with it can check. If you see the same problem, maybe you're having the same connection problems that I had.

    For me, the biggest change from 8 to 8.1, is that SkyDrive is now linked into the OS and that a lot of information is being send to those Microsoft servers to share things on all my systems.

    Maybe this little information can help someone to find a solution for his problem. I sure hope so.
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  10. #540


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Tomdaws View Post
    Well, I'm not sure if this problem is more interesting than frustrating, which is part of the attraction of the tech. side of stuff I guess, but.... I've reinstalled 8.1 & seem to be having 'moderate' success with IPV6 disabled & leaving the Homegroup. BTW I believe that the Homegroup won't work without IPV6 too.

    My PC is sleeping much better now, but I do find it awake at times(when it shouldn't be), but I do wonder how many of the 'wakes' are due to legitimate activity ? scheduled maintenance for example ?

    Now, here's the thing... Win 8.1 offers very little over 8 IMHO, & probably isn't worth the hassle of the upgrade if you need reliable sleep. With a little tweaking it looks like it's possible to have a reasonable compromise - I'm reasonably happy with mine just now & am certain an update will fix this issue.

    Thanks for all the contributions that helped highlight how this issue might be solved :-)
    just by chance, after reading your message, I disabled IPV6 again since the latest downloads from Microsoft. Voila! My computers both sleep now (they didn't before when I disabled IPV6). Perhaps something in the downloads made a difference and now with IPV6 disabled there is sleep at last AND my networking (Homegroup) does work without a problem. Thanks to you all for the multitude of suggestions. I did note one awakening, but it did go back to sleep -- it was awakening for a maintenance. Again, thanks to all of you!!
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