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Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

  1. #981


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by orbitalfenestra View Post
    I wonder if someone would happen to have a brand new 8.1 laptop or a PC with all win 8.1 certified hardware, if that person would experience such issues... Maybe this is it guys: there is a gap between win 8 and 8.1 and our hardware or at least some of it became legacy!
    The closest I can come, Orbital, is that this HP Desktop came with Windows 8 and I've done nothing to "customize" it. I updated to Win 8.1 a few days ago and again, have done nothing to customize that.

    So far, she sleeps. However, back before she crashed and burned after installing Win 8.1 through the "store", she didn't sleep.

    So, I guess it's a no go for what you want here. Although I'm thinking that probably the reason she sleeps now is the December update . . . maybe . . .

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  2. #982


    Yeah, I would really want a march 2014 factory made laptop with native Win 8.1. Maybe someone will eventually show up here with one and we could see if it is as wrong as ours or not. If so, then I will believe there is nothing we can do outside what was already told in this thread.

    Windows 8 and 8.1 are to me very different systems and our PC's definitivly behave worse with 8.1. If we could just pinpoint what is common between us and compare to a control sample (the march 2014 win 8.1 laptop) then maybe it would be possible to correctly identify the culprit and then find a way to patch it.

    This problem sucks for a long time now. I would like so much that we manage to solve it. We deserve it lol
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  3. #983


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post
    Have you guys checked to see if regular maintenance is the cause and reboot resets it?
    NC, You got me thinking. I use a program called Tune Up Utilities that I have not updated to the most recent year. I uninstalled it in case it became incompatible with the latest version of Win8.1.1. So far the computer has slept but you know that story!

    As for maintenance from Windows itself, mine runs only when I am using it as I have disabled wake timers in both the power settings and the network adapter.
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  4. #984


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post
    Have you guys checked to see if regular maintenance is the cause and reboot resets it?
    NC, You got me thinking. I use a program called Tune Up Utilities that I have not updated to the most recent year. I uninstalled it in case it became incompatible with the latest version of Win8.1.1. So far the computer has slept but you know that story!

    As for maintenance from Windows itself, mine runs only when I am using it as I have disabled wake timers in both the power settings and the network adapter.
    if maintenance runs while your using it then it will probably still cause insomnia unless you reboot after you finish using it. Since its not running at night it will probably try to sneak in at a quiet point.
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  5. #985


    Posts : 149
    Windows 7 Home Premium on 2 Windows 8.1 on 1


    It seems as if there are two sleep issues. The computer not going to sleep properly and the computer waking itself up. I've seen people report having one or the other or both problems.

    For me my computer will sleep ok after a reboot. Until it doesn't. Only a reboot will put it right again. But I've never had the issue of it waking itself up whether it goes to sleep on its own or it is done manually.

    It's very disappointing that an important task like sleep doesn't work properly.
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  6. #986


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by bru View Post
    It seems as if there are two sleep issues. The computer not going to sleep properly and the computer waking itself up. I've seen people report having one or the other or both problems.

    For me my computer will sleep ok after a reboot. Until it doesn't. Only a reboot will put it right again. But I've never had the issue of it waking itself up whether it goes to sleep on its own or it is done manually.

    It's very disappointing that an important task like sleep doesn't work properly.
    sounds like maintenance
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  7. #987


    Posts : 50
    Win8.1-64 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post
    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"
    This was brought up long ago in this thread, actually, and disabling it did not fix my computer's insomnia problem. I have not tried it again since we've gone through 2-3 more MS updates, however.

    The task wasn't re-enabled automagically for me after I disabled it, but I probably only tested for 4-6 hours after disabling the task. When I test a change, I start from a fresh reboot. I then set sleep for two hours and wake it up after it sleeps. I then let it go until it sleeps again. Rinse, repeat - until the computer fails to sleep after a two hour time period anymore. I then come to the conclusion that the change did not fix the insomnia problem and try something else.

    I've said it before, but I *have* read this entire thread and have tried everything suggested and even more that I gleaned from Google searches before coming across this thread. Only two things have worked to solve my problem permanently (at least after a few days of running tests): 1) Log in under a local (non MS) account; or 2) Log out to the Windows login screen.

    Something else which has come up in recent posts again has to do with a curiosity as to whether or not a factory fresh computer with 8.1 installed on it has sleeping issues. I have not tried this but I did, as I believe I previously noted in this long thread, create a Win 8.1 installation CD and installed Win 8.1 from scratch on my system. I built the system myself, back when Win7-64 was current. Anyway, after installing Win 8.1 from scratch I still have the sleep issues. But, as indicated herein, I do not have up to date hardware specifically created for Win 8 or 8.1.
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  8. #988


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by Gork View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by NCguy View Post
    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"
    This was brought up long ago in this thread, actually, and disabling it did not fix my computer's insomnia problem. I have not tried it again since we've gone through 2-3 more MS updates, however.

    The task wasn't re-enabled automagically for me after I disabled it, but I probably only tested for 4-6 hours after disabling the task. When I test a change, I start from a fresh reboot. I then set sleep for two hours and wake it up after it sleeps. I then let it go until it sleeps again. Rinse, repeat - until the computer fails to sleep after a two hour time period anymore. I then come to the conclusion that the change did not fix the insomnia problem and try something else.

    I've said it before, but I *have* read this entire thread and have tried everything suggested and even more that I gleaned from Google searches before coming across this thread. Only two things have worked to solve my problem permanently (at least after a few days of running tests): 1) Log in under a local (non MS) account; or 2) Log out to the Windows login screen.

    Something else which has come up in recent posts again has to do with a curiosity as to whether or not a factory fresh computer with 8.1 installed on it has sleeping issues. I have not tried this but I did, as I believe I previously noted in this long thread, create a Win 8.1 installation CD and installed Win 8.1 from scratch on my system. I built the system myself, back when Win7-64 was current. Anyway, after installing Win 8.1 from scratch I still have the sleep issues. But, as indicated herein, I do not have up to date hardware specifically created for Win 8 or 8.1.
    I built mine from scratch also and it was a recently released intel haswell motherboard with a Core I7. I'm using motherboard graphics. All of the motherboard drivers were for windows 8 and now for 8.1. I don't know how you can get more current. The drivers were probably more current then the retail units with the same components at the time. I actually waited on 8.1 to install production bits and it had insomnia from the start. An updated video driver later helped and then I only had insomnia after regular maintenance.

    If you want to test to see if maintenance is the culprit, reboot, run maintenance manually, set a short sleep timer and it should stay awake thru the timer.
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  9. #989


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Gawd, almost a hundred pages!

    K, so my computer is sleeping again for the past 5 days with no reboots needed. It looks like a particular program was causing a problem after I loaded in the preliminary Win8.1.1 update. I uninstalled the program (Tune Up Utilities 2013 version), cleaned out the registry, and sleep has been OK ever since. David should be ecstatic that it actually was a "driver issue" this time (but I have this program installed on 3 other Win8.1 computers with no issues with sleep.)

    SOLVED (for now, maybe, possibly, until it isn't)
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  10. #990


    Posts : 286
    W8.1 Pro 64


    mines been sleeping also. When I disabled regular maintenance it did in fact regenerate it and it appears to be enabled. That said at 2am it tries to start it now and it fails reporting that the administrator has refused it. So apparently I no longer have regular maintenance but my pc is consistently sleeping.
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