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Windows 8.1 does not go to sleep / standby automatically

  1. #21


    Posts : 60
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I did mine the way it was described in your post above, and I had good luck yesterday. However, now I am having sporadic luck with this. I can only get two of my computers to sleep, and the specific two computers are never the same. If computers 1 and 2 sleep, then computer 3 won't. I even waited over 2 hours for computer 3 to sleep, but it didn't. After waking computer 1, then computer 3 will sleep, but then computer 1 won't sleep. There's just something really strange going on and I'm not sure what it could be. Why do only two computers sleep and not all three at the same time???

    I'm very curious to know how both of you fair tomorrow.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1.1


    I had a sleep problem after installing Windows 8.1. In Network and Sharing Center/change advanced sharing setting/all networks I clicked on choose media streaming option and turned media sharing off. No problems with sleep after that. For some oddball reason media sharing wouldn't let my computer sleep on its own.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 102
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    @Looey: Thanks for joining the discussion. I think it's safe to say that we have all turned off media sharing a long time ago. The issues discussed here are much of a much more persistent nature. Lucky you if you have not encountered them. Do you have any homegroup set up on your Windows 8.1 PC?
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  4. #24


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    When I woke up my screen was off but sleep never activated

    I could of swore it worked yesterday.. Everything is disabled and I don't have a Homegroup, I'm hoping a simple restart will fix this.

    I guess we'll see tomorrow
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  5. #25


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Steve06 View Post
    @Looey: Thanks for joining the discussion. I think it's safe to say that we have all turned off media sharing a long time ago. The issues discussed here are much of a much more persistent nature. Lucky you if you have not encountered them. Do you have any homegroup set up on your Windows 8.1 PC?
    My PC is in a 4 unit home network all running Windows 8.1 that were installed on a clean disk. I tried a sleep fix that worked for me in Windows 8.0: powercfg -requestsoverride driver srvnet system. That didn't fix 8.1 but I didn't change it back to default. It's still in effect. I had gone into Windows media player and disabled sharing media but my problem was fixed in the network and sharing center. I tried turning off fast startup and hybrid sleep options in the power panel to no avail. I put them back since they didn't help. I use user accounts with no passwords for sharing after changing the option in the network and sharing center advanced options. I made sure the homegroup says it is waiting to be created in the network and sharing center on all 4 machines and all media sharing is turned off. I wish you good luck with finding a fix.

    BTW, one other thing I almost forgot was I uninstalled most of the non-desktop apps, especially the ones I thought might be trying to get updates like news and weather.
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  6. #26


    Posts : 102
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    In the last two days, my PC has reached sleep only sporadically. After long works sessions, it tends to not go to sleep, even after closing all open apps. When I reboot, it then falls sleeps automatically again. Since it is too unreliable for me, I have disabled homegroup for now until there is a better solution to our problem.
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  7. #27


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by Steve06 View Post
    In the last two days, my PC has reached sleep only sporadically. After long works sessions, it tends to not go to sleep, even after closing all open apps. When I reboot, it then falls sleeps automatically again. Since it is too unreliable for me, I have disabled homegroup for now until there is a better solution to our problem.
    Steve, sorry to hear you still are having issues with HOMEGROUP. One of the things I found that might be waking/not sleeping my computer was having a folder on the computer that is shared with another machine that was NOT SHARED PROPERLY. I had one folder that I had shared but NOT WHEN the other computers were up and running. When I tried to access that folder on another computer, I found my main machine up and running.

    The trick is to go to the other machines and make sure you can access all the folders that are showing up. If one comes up with the dreaded "enter password" dialog box, that is trouble. Turn on all the other computers, unshare the offending folders and share them again.

    I must empathize this: Make ALL changes to HOMEGROUP ONLY WHEN all the computers involved are up and running. Make sure ALL shared folders can be accessed properly by all machines.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 102
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I might have been too quick putting the blame on Homegroup. After hours of intense work with many programs opened, VPN connections established etc., the PC still refuses to sleep although I left the homegroup I had created a couple of days earlier. This situation persists even after shutting down all open programs like Firefox, Outlook, etc. However, when I reboot the machine it will go to sleep again.

    I am not sure how to find the culprit and am almost out of ideas. Maybe when this happens i should try to kill each (suspicious) process one by one, and checking after each if the computer sleeps. However, that seems like a crude way of proceeding. Isn't there a neater way to "scan" for processes or activities causing problems?

    Here are the general suspects I already excluded:
    - powercfg /requests yields none in every section.
    - My Ethernet adapter's setting are such that it won't wake up the computer.
    - In my energy options, the PC is allowed to go into standy even when it's sharing media.
    - I left the homegroup, but did not disable homegroup management altogether as you can in the dialog box where you change the settings for the individual network profiles. If you disable homegroup management, it says that you can only share files the old-fashioned way. So the homegroup feature is not disabled and I assume this is not what you guys mean when you say "leave the homegroup".

    UPDATE: Several Metro apps like Skype, Maps, Store have background processes running, but when you shut down the processes, they reappear again very soon. I have tried killing some seemingly non-essential processes but have had no luck so far.

    UPDATE 2: Instead of a reboot, I just logged off and on again, and the PC went immediately to sleep. I just can't figure why the sleep gets stucked after a while. It must be the start of one program or service that ruins sleep for the remainder of the session (until log-off or reboot).
    Last edited by Steve06; 26 Oct 2013 at 11:26.
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  9. #29


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by Steve06 View Post
    I might have been too quick putting the blame on Homegroup. After hours of intense work with many programs opened, VPN connections established etc., the PC still refuses to sleep although I left the homegroup I had created a couple of days earlier. This situation persists even after shutting down all open programs like Firefox, Outlook, etc. However, when I reboot the machine it will go to sleep again.
    UPDATE 2: Instead of a reboot, I just logged off and on again, and the PC went immediately to sleep. I just can't figure why the sleep gets stucked after a while.
    Hi Steve, There are two discussions going on (and everyone has a slightly different solution, heh) Here is the other:

    Windows 8.1 refuses to sleep

    You gotta read through the whole thing (sorry) as this is a work in progress.

    Does disabling the network adapter let the computer sleep? That will pin it down to a few things in a hurry.

    PS my old friend from work was complaining to me just the other day that sometimes sleep works, then it doesn't then it magically started working again. He was/is a hel'of'a troubleshooter, also with HP, so I will ask him what he has found out.
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  10. #30


    Posts : 102
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    John, that would be very helpful if you could ask him. It's exactly the same for me, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, for no apparent reason. At the moment it works so I will wait until it breaks and then unplug the cable as you suggest.
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