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Windows 7: Sleep mode activated when PC not idle - why?

28 Nov 2012   #11
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Rather than sleep, is it your screensaver kicking in? If the screensaver is set to blank, it may kick in, even though the computer is not idle and has no keyboard or mouse movements.


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28 Nov 2012   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If that were happening, you could tell by the color of the powerlight, correct ?

But back to the OP`s question, why does the pc sleep when it is idle but running a program etc. has been answered ages ago. No keyboard input or mouse movement from a user.
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28 Nov 2012   #13
unbob

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bru View Post
I know a computer will sleep while MSE is running a scan. Certain functions aren't considered as keeping the computer "active". What backup program are you using?
Yes, running an MSE scan is another good example of a running program being "put to sleep".

Re backup programs, I use Macrium Reflect, TeraByte Unlimited Image for Windows and 2BrightSparks SyncBackPro.
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28 Nov 2012   #14
unbob

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Injust View Post
Computers have background process that run. For example, press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC and go to the Processes tab. There will be many processes, even though you might have no programs running at the moment. Trying to end all of them will crash your computer. Alas, your computer cannot distinguish whether a program counts as idle or not.
"Trying to end all of them will crash your computer." Huh? No, I don't want any program or process to be forced to end by sleep mode. And, certainly, the OS can distinguish whether a program was initiated (as an application) by the user.

My whole point here is that I want any actively running application program to remain "enabled" and active until it completes either successfully or unsuccessfully and not be eligible to be "put to sleep".
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28 Nov 2012   #15
unbob

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Set sleep to start in an hour or 2, if plugged in. Hopefully your jobs will be done by then. Problem solved.

If it`s going to sleep in mere minutes then that`s what you MUST have it set to. Just change it.
Sorry, that does not solve the problem.

I want sleep mode to activate in say 5 minutes when I leave the PC unless one or more application programs are running.

If there are no application programs running, I don't want the PC sitting there for 2 hours and wasting power (I'm solar powered so that's a big deal).
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28 Nov 2012   #16
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I don`t think it`s possible, I would call Microsoft about it.

Or just change the sleep timer.

Sleep mode, once known as Stand By or Suspend mode, saves energy but doesn’t quite turn the PC off. In Sleep mode, Windows saves what you're doing and then puts the computer to sleep — meaning into a special low-power mode. The computer isn't exactly off, and it restores itself quickly, which makes Sleep mode more effective as a way to shut down the computer.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...a-c26d4c88b218

http://askville.amazon.com/programs-...uestId=1313988
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28 Nov 2012   #17
unbob

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sardonicus View Post
Rather than sleep, is it your screensaver kicking in? If the screensaver is set to blank, it may kick in, even though the computer is not idle and has no keyboard or mouse movements.
No, I'm not using a screensaver. When my PC sleeps, the fan stops, the screen goes black, all lighted "indicators" go black (except "plugged into power"), etc. Then when I move the mouse, the Windows login screen is displayed. It's in sleep mode for sure.
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28 Nov 2012   #18
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Well, you have been told why it does it. I found a solution to stop it from doing it. Let me know if you`re interested.
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29 Nov 2012   #19
Injust

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Certain programs have a "Sleep/Shut down/Log off/etc." effect like Auslogics Disk Defrag, for example. You can tick this box and set it to shut down after defragging.
I don't know about this. You could schedule a task in the Task Scheduler to shut down when the program closes, but you'll need to make the program close once it's finished.
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29 Nov 2012   #20
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I use sleep and hibernate and they work well for me.
I have several programs open and running all the time.
Outlook, Excel, Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, Utilities, Editors, Media, ......

I want the PC to sleep if I am idle (KB + mouse) even when these programs are running.
Upon wakeup they will be in the state they were before going to sleep.

Some programs may have a "prevent idling to sleep" option while they are running, and it sounds like that is what you want.
Some programs also prevent "idling to sleep" no matter what, because they are programmed that way.

I would not want to have to close all programs for sleep to work.
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