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Windows 7: Automatic Key Press Software?

14 Jul 2011   #1
alsnoid

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 
Automatic Key Press Software?

Is there some software that does a key press every couple of minutes to indicate to Windows 7 you are using the system even when you step away from the machine for a few minutes? Windows 7 shuts down after a few minutes if I step away and of course whatever I was doing for the hours before that is lost.

Thanks for your help!


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14 Jul 2011   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alsnoid View Post
Is there some software that does a key press every couple of minutes to indicate to Windows 7 you are using the system even when you step away from the machine for a few minutes? Windows 7 shuts down after a few minutes if I step away and of course whatever I was doing for the hours before that is lost.

Thanks for your help!
Um, why not just increase the time before shutdown??

Does it BSOD, or just shut down normally?
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14 Jul 2011   #3
alsnoid

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks for the quick reply. There is no BSOD. It just shuts down. I prefer the computer to shut down when I tell it to rather than automatically when I get up from the computer. When I first noticed this feature of Windows 7 I thought it maybe had to do with a screen saver bug or perhaps shutting down to conserve energy but I have the screen saver set to 60 minutes and my power plan is set to never turn off the display and never have the computer sleep.

How do you extend the time before automatic shutdown?
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14 Jul 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Navigate to the address shown in the bar in this window below, click Change Advanced Settings. A new window will open as shown where you can change all settings. It should not automatically shut down if you don't want it too.
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Also this http://www.easyfreeware.com/files/au...over.zip/28389 will move you mouse at pre-set intervals to keep your desktop active.


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14 Jul 2011   #5
Zomby88

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Your saying the computer shuts down by itself ? Your not talking sleep or hybernate are you ?
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15 Jul 2011   #6
alsnoid

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

No sleep, no hibernation, no power reduction, it just turns off as if I held down the reset button. Actually, though, I have a battery powered mouse that hibernates after a few minutes of inactivity. I have to press a mouse button to get it working again. Maybe that is related to my problem.

I'm trying the software recommended by Briton30 that moves the mouse pointer 5 pixels at set intervals. I set the interval at 5 minutes and so far so good.

Thanks for all the help!
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15 Jul 2011   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Good to hear alsnoid
The mouse mover thing and those power settings I gave you should do the trick. Let us know.
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