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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #671


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1

    New Idea?


    Seems to me that my desktop Windows 8.1 will sleep automatically if I don't use ccleaner or malwarebytes scan. Using malwarebytes real-time protection is OK.

    I've yet to fully confirm this, but it sure looks like one of these programs is causing the problem. Once I've done a malwarebytes on-demand scan and ccleaner cleanup, my computer will no longer sleep automatically until I reboot.

    I'm trying to figure out which of these programs is causing the problem, but I'm pretty sure it's one of them. I suspect many others on this forum use these programs as well.

    I agree that this doesn't make a lot of sense. I can't explain why these programs would interfere with automatic sleep. All I can tell you is that this looks promising. My computer seems to automatically sleep repeatedly as long as I don't run them on demand. I will update you after I try avoiding use of these programs for a few days.

    What do you guys think, is this a new idea? I've followed this forum for quite a while, and I've tried pretty much all the other stuff without success.

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  2. #672


    Posts : 1,883
    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    Nah, Ccleaner and MBAM have no effect.

    I use both on all of my machines; CC many times a day.

    It's drivers. Always drivers.

    Anyone that wants me to check their system out about it, just force a bsod from the kb (google how to) then look at Brink's sticky thread in the BSOD section about how to collect logs and post them.

    Anyone trying to fix this issue: The first step in troubleshooting should always be to remove 3rd party security software and don't try to take the easy way out with just disabling because that will not help. (Them damn software programs make you work lol.)
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  3. #673


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    I've already disproven my own theory. You're right, it's not malwarebytes or ccleaner causing this problem.

    If you like your utilities, you can keep your utilities. Period.
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  4. #674


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by rick8 View Post
    Seems to me that my desktop Windows 8.1 will sleep automatically if I don't use ccleaner or malwarebytes scan. Using malwarebytes real-time protection is OK.
    I don't use Ccleaner or Malwarebytes, so those would not be a suspect in my case. I'm pretty sure that would also be the case for quite a large number of Windows 8/8.1 users.

    Edit: BTW, since you seem to be new to the forum, I have had Windows 8.1 on two computers, but after a "crash and burn" I removed it from my main computer and stored the other one pending a move to another state. I am beginning to be tempted to install it on one of my laptops . . . just to see what happens.

    Windows 8 sleeps just fine.
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  5. #675


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    I too am finding out that Win8.1 sleep is "fragile" as a poster aptly put it. 90% of the time it works fine, every once in a while I find it awake after it had been asleep or still not asleep. Usually a restart (I have fast bootup unchecked- something to keep in mind when you are rebooting), gets it to go back into proper operation. Valve's Steam MIGHT have something to do with my particular issue but no way can I prove it.
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  6. #676


    Posts : 1,883
    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    every once in a while I find it awake after it had been asleep or still not asleep.
    Look at Task Scheduler. The instant I install any Windows, one of the first things I do it delete all Customer Improvement Program entries (Microsoft | Windows | Customer Improvement Program). I also delete all Microsoft Office entries after I install that. Ccleaner does put an entry there too now that I think about it, and I delete that too (but it will not prevent from sleep - only wake it up if it already is sleeping etc...)

    I would advise to delete everything found that is not necessary. There's always Google or here if unsure.

    Maybe it's even more helpful if I show a screenshot of my machine for others to compare to, even though I am on Windows 7 now:

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  7. #677


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    MasterChief, here's what I don't get. If drivers are the problem, why does my system sleep automatically several times after a reboot ... then something happens, and it just won't sleep automatically anymore until I reboot. It will always sleep on demand.

    Can you account for such behavior?

    I have an old motherboard GA-EP45-UD3R and Gigabyte doesn't offer any Windows 8 drivers. I have put on the latest Realtek Ethernet driver and the latest driver for my Nvidia GTX660 TI.
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  8. #678


    Posts : 1,883
    7601.18247.x86fre.win7sp1


    Quote Originally Posted by rick8 View Post
    Can you account for such behavior?
    Best I can do is to give a possible reason: Have you been playing around switching themes?

    Other than that, you can run the tool above and attach results. I often pick out likely candidates. At worst, experimenting to find causes is not as bad as it sounds, if you are an enthusiast. I'm guessing you are since most that frequent this website and ones like it are.
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  9. #679


    Found my problem or at least a temporary fix. Charms bar > PC Settings > Network > Connections > Under "WiFi" tapped my Belkin wireless adaptor and turned off "Find PCs, Devices, and content". Personally I don't need a network right now. I realize this is not an ultimate solution, but it works for me at the moment. The old Acer sleeps like a baby.

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  10. #680


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1

    related to Hibernation?


    Hi, my laptop also won't go to sleep at times. My version of this problem(and solutions attempted):

    laptop: Asus eee PC 1201n (made in 2009)
    Windows 8.1

    Boot machine, sleeps normally
    If I ever hibernate the machine, after it wakes from hibernation it won't automatically sleep ever again(screen-off works automatically, but not sleep). Please note when I say hibernation it's the actual windows hibernate-data saved to memory, all powers off.
    If I turn off all internet connections, it will automatically sleep again.
    If I reboot, it will also automatically sleep again
    If I ever hibernate, problem resumes

    So something about hibernation causes a network problem which prevents auto-sleeping, and can be fixed by turning off all internet connections.

    Solutions attempted:
    Leaving homegroup and disabling network sharing
    Disabling IPV6
    checking all powercfg requests

    Does anyone else have this issue tied up with hibernation?
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