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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #621


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1

    I saw that too


    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Hey guys and gals: Looky what was just delivered to moi!

    Microsoft forges ahead toward Windows 8.1 Update 1 | ZDNet

    Ya think?
    I saw the email regarding this update and wondered if this was the one that will cure our problems

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  2. #622


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by magilla View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Hey guys and gals: Looky what was just delivered to moi!

    Microsoft forges ahead toward Windows 8.1 Update 1 | ZDNet

    Ya think?
    I saw the email regarding this update and wondered if this was the one that will cure our problems
    It was the Win8.1 UPDATE that broke sleep in the first place! No, some minor update will cure most of our ills, just as the last one did.
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  3. #623


    Posts : 4
    Win8.1


    Maybe there is a solution.

    I found in many threads and also in my only experiences hints, that the "not-automatically-going-to-sleep problem" seem to be connected to network issues. In my case, I found a temporary improvement by deactivating the virtual vmware network adapters in the device manager. Because this was only a temporary solution (working for some hours) I looked for a more substantial way. I took a look into the services list and found the NLA service (Network Location Awareness). Restarting this service (which automatically included restart of three further services) solved the problem immediately: my PC went into sleep mode after the defined time and he did it since then several times.

    Nevertheless I assume, that also this solution will only work temporarily, for what reasons ever. Therefore I looked for a way to automate restarting of the NLA service. This is possible by the in the cmd-window (started as Admin!) with the following codes:

    net stop NlaSvc
    net start NlaSvc

    I also wrote a batch file:

    Echo on (to observe batch processing)
    net stop NlaSvc /y ( "y" to answer the upcoming call back automatically)
    ping -n 5 localhost > NUL (to observe the feedback on the net stop request)

    A "start net" command seems not to be neccessary, because NLA Svc seems to be restarted automatically by Windows.

    If this procedure will further work satisfying, my next step will be to create a Windows task to run the restart automatically each hour or so.

    Would be interesting, if somebody could try, whether this works also on other maschines. But be carefull and ensure you have system restore point, system backup etc.!

    Karl
    Last edited by Karl55; 11 Jan 2014 at 18:02.
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  4. #624


    Posts : 102
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    @Karl, this sounds brilliant and like the best thing I've read in this thread in a long time. Please let us know how this works for you. It will be interesting to find the right interval length between each new run of the batch file. This would not be a perfect cure, but still an acceptable therapy to Windows 8.1's disease!
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  5. #625


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Karl, Welcome to Eightforums! Check out the tutorials on the site for some terrific help files.

    Thanks for the post. Interesting about Network Location Awareness. It LOOKS like it is used to tell if you have moved from a private to a public network type service:
    Network Location Awareness

    In the meantime, the NLA service can be permanently disabled in the services menu:

    Click image for larger version

    I donno what effect it will have on the computer tho nor if it is a fix for the sleep issue. Someone give it a try and see how badly it breaks your computer, heh.
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  6. #626


    Posts : 4
    Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Interesting about Network Location Awareness. It LOOKS like it is used to tell if you have moved from a private to a public network type service:
    Network Location Awareness
    I do not know the function of this service. My assumption is, that its restart includes some kind of reset, as it is also achieved by disabeling network adapters, windows homegroup or IPv6 adresses (as described in other posts). In other words: Not the service itself might contain the solution, but its restart. Nevertheless: Working with services should be done with the usual care (having system restore points, system backup etc.)!
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  7. #627


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by Karl55 View Post

    Would be interesting, if somebody could try, whether this works also on other maschines. But be carefull and ensure you have system restore point, system backup etc.!

    Karl
    Karl, I'm a bit confused. Why all the concerns about backup when it appears that you are just stopping a service? It sounds like you feel there is some potential here for something unexpected to happen?
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  8. #628


    Posts : 4
    Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl55 View Post

    Would be interesting, if somebody could try, whether this works also on other maschines. But be carefull and ensure you have system restore point, system backup etc.!

    Karl
    Karl, I'm a bit confused. Why all the concerns about backup when it appears that you are just stopping a service? It sounds like you feel there is some potential here for something unexpected to happen?
    My attemps were successful so far. Maybe other PCs are in a more fragile situation - anyway: working on a complex technical product should always be done carefully.
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  9. #629


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Yeah, Karl is weaseling out in case stopping NLA crashes and burns the system. Coward! Heh. Me, I'm fearless (or foolish).
    Soo, I disabled NLA in services. The computer boots fine but the network notification icon shows "limited access". The internet works fine and I could talk to a Homegroup computer that was booted. HOWEVER, booting up another Homegroup computer, my machine would not recognized that it was on the network. NLA looks for changes in the network and reports that to operating system. NLA needs to be running for proper network operation.
    Sleeping with NLA off did not do any better or worse than with it on. It did NOT make the computer go to sleep any faster. Of course, my computer has been sleeping fine since the MS update on 2013-12-11.
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  10. #630


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    Mine has been entering sleep for at least a week now after the intel audio driver update. Only problem is that something is going on at night that causes insomnia once again in the morning until a fresh reboot. A cursory look through the logs hasn't revealed anything so far and best I can tell there aren't any tasks enabled that are configured to wake the machine. If anyone has spotted anything that happens in the night to look out for I would appreciate a reply.
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