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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #941


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by linw View Post
    Good one, Wynona.

    Out of curiosity, will it sleep while playing a YT video in a browser? My main desktop (win 8.1 update) does but my netbook (win 8.1) will stay awake till the vid is finished.
    I'm not a YT fan, Lin, but In the interest of research, I guess I'll go out and get one. Catch you later after I've watched a couple.

    Edit: OK, I watched YouTube long enough to see some hilarious cats, dogs, iguanas (or some such), even a peacock seeing themselves in mirrors. Computer never went to sleep during the videos, so I guess it won't.
    Last edited by Wynona; 20 Mar 2014 at 17:02.

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  2. #942


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Wy, no worries. It occasionally sleeps and I am getting quite used to manually sleeping it when I get out of my chair. About the only thing that sleep does is save me some wattage is all. Considering all the LED rope and tape lights I have all over the inside and outside of my house, what's a few more watts?
    Then there is Intel Ready Mode coming, the best of both worlds.
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  3. #943


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Wy, no worries. It occasionally sleeps and I am getting quite used to manually sleeping it when I get out of my chair. About the only thing that sleep does is save me some wattage is all. Considering all the LED rope and tape lights I have all over the inside and outside of my house, what's a few more watts?
    Then there is Intel Ready Mode coming, the best of both worlds.
    What's Intel Ready Mode? I don't think I've ever heard of it.
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  4. #944


    Had to look it up myself. Might be a while before I get a Haswell cpu though.

    Sorry to hear your sleep is misbehaving again, John. But guess we aren't surprised! Some systems just don't seem to be fixable.
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  5. #945


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by linw View Post
    Had to look it up myself. Might be a while before I get a Haswell cpu though.

    Sorry to hear your sleep is misbehaving again, John. But guess we aren't surprised! Some systems just don't seem to be fixable.
    Somehow I just don't think it's our systems that are at fault. Microsoft has missed one small thing that should/could/might have been caught but wasn't.
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  6. #946


    The Deep South
    Posts : 463
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    I didn't go through all 95 pages of this thread, so I don't know if someone has suggested this already. Go to Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> look under "Power Options" and find "Change what the power buttons do", then you can choose what happens when you close the laptop and when you press the power button. Again, I did NOT read all 945 posts, so forgive me if I'm just repeating someone else. (And if your problem has been solved, please mark it as solved!)
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  7. #947


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck38 View Post
    I didn't go through all 95 pages of this thread, so I don't know if someone has suggested this already. Go to Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> look under "Power Options" and find "Change what the power buttons do", then you can choose what happens when you close the laptop and when you press the power button. Again, I did NOT read all 945 posts, so forgive me if I'm just repeating someone else. (And if your problem has been solved, please mark it as solved!)
    I think the OP is long gone. There are enough folks here who have the problem to keep this thread alive, though, so thanks. Appreciate the thought.
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  8. #948


    The Deep South
    Posts : 463
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Wynona View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck38 View Post
    I didn't go through all 95 pages of this thread, so I don't know if someone has suggested this already. Go to Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> look under "Power Options" and find "Change what the power buttons do", then you can choose what happens when you close the laptop and when you press the power button. Again, I did NOT read all 945 posts, so forgive me if I'm just repeating someone else. (And if your problem has been solved, please mark it as solved!)
    I think the OP is long gone. There are enough folks here who have the problem to keep this thread alive, though, so thanks. Appreciate the thought.
    Well, it might help someone.
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  9. #949


    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck38 View Post
    I didn't go through all 95 pages of this thread, so I don't know if someone has suggested this already. Go to Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> look under "Power Options" and find "Change what the power buttons do", then you can choose what happens when you close the laptop and when you press the power button. Again, I did NOT read all 945 posts, so forgive me if I'm just repeating someone else. (And if your problem has been solved, please mark it as solved!)
    SOLVED!! LOL I've got another one: take your PC or laptop with windows 8.1 and throw it in a river or a lake, or perhaps your own pool if you got one. It will definitively sleep.

    Seriously, I am happy to have met you guys, John, Linw, Wynona, NC guy, and all the others! Cheers!
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  10. #950


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    I'm not sure how many others are in the same boat but I just ran a test and I'm pretty convinced now that the only thing preventing my pc from consistent sleep is the daily scheduled W8 system task called "regular maintenance" which is in the following folder:

    task scheduler local/ task scheduler library/ Event viewer tasks / Microsoft / Windows / taskscheduler

    I went ahead and temporarily disabled that task and as expected the PC now continues to sleep like a baby. While the task is scheduled for 2am by default, for all kinds of unexplainable (to me) reasons it usually doesn't wake the pc and run at the scheduled 2am time but instead at some number of hours after 2am. After it does run my PC won't automatically sleep again until rebooted. Because the task runs at erratic times, this will make the pc seem like the insomnia itself is random since it will only start after regular maintenance actually runs.

    After a bit of research it seems that this "regular maintenance" task does some important stuff including:

    1. It optimizes the start menu
    2. File History is task scheduler based.
    3. Bluetooth device cleanup (when you unpair a device)
    4. Cleaning up Application Temporary Files
    5. making sure the file system is healthy
    6. Run RAID sets on your machine
    7. Windows Updates


    I'm not a WIndows 8 internals expert but it looks to me like these are all separate tasks that are launched daily from the master task called regular maintenance. It would be nice to know which subtask(s) is the culprit and its possible that it could be one like the RAID task that isn't even needed on most pc's. If that were the case then it would probably be easy to disable it. Anyhow, if anyone is interested in digging deeper I'll work with you but this would be a bit for me personally to tackle on my own. That said, I may try if I have time.

    I guess a good start would be to know who else is having the
    insomnia after regular maintenance runs. You can tell when it runs by going into the task scheduler and then navigating to the path that I listed above. At the top it shows you "Last Time Run". I've found this is the only place to see it reliably because, at least for me, it isn't posted to the system log.

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