Something was perplexing me lately. I would periodically open up my laptop lid in the morning only to find my computer very warm and actually running. I changed Windows Update so that it would no longer run at 4AM in the morning. But I went to my Task Scheduler and found a few things that ran last night:

4:38:28 AM - DragonSvc (3 scheduled tasks)
4:38:33 AM - HP Support Assistant Service
4:38:34 AM - HP Support Assistant Service
4:38:34 AM - HP Support Assistant Service
4:49:07 AM - ESENT
4:49:07 AM - ESENT
4:49:07 AM - ESENT
4:49:31 AM - SideBySide (lync.exe.Manifest)
4:49:55 AM - SideBySide (dragon_support_packager.exe)
4:52:58 AM - SideBySide (BsSMSEditor.exe)
4:54:07 AM - ESENT
4:54:07 AM - ESENT
5:23:56 AM - Outlook
5:23:58 AM - Outlook
5:24:08 AM - Outlook
5:24:08 AM - Outlook
5:24:36 AM - Outlook
5:24:37 AM - Outlook
5:24:55 AM - Outlook
5:24:56 AM - Outlook
and so on...

So it seems that after the DragonSvc kicks in, the computer wakes up and does not go back to sleep. As such, other programs that were suspended in sleep are awake and begin running processes.

I also noticed: Office ClickToRun Service Monitor - At 4:00 AM every day


First of all, I don't have any need for Dragon Naturally Speaking. I disabled the startup of Dragon Services and just don't use this software. So, I have no idea why a service for it would auto start in the middle of the night... unless that ClickToRun Service Monitor managed to run "silently" and allowed other things to run.

Anybody have any ideas about all this? What's the recommended course of action, if I don't want my computer to do anything while it is asleep?