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Windows 7: Uncommanded wake from sleep yet no wake devices or wake timers exist

29 Oct 2015   #1
Sedm

W7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 
Uncommanded wake from sleep yet no wake devices or wake timers exist

W7 PC wakes up from sleep every few minutes. It didn't use to. I am the builder / owner / sole user. Investigation done so far at the DOS prompt to establish the cause:

powercfg -devicequery wake_armed
(no results returned)

powercfg -waketimers
There are no active wake timers in the system

powercfg -lastwake
Wake History Count - 1
Wake History [0]
Wake Source Count - 0
Other ideas to try and establish the cause with please?

Many thanks.


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30 Oct 2015   #2
cyclops

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Check your settings for Windows Updates. Update can wake a computer even if no wake timers are set.
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30 Oct 2015   #3
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

From an elevated command prompt enter this command and see if you have any Requests:
powercfg -requests

If you do have any requests, try overriding them using the POWERCFG -REQUESTSOVERRIDE command
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30 Oct 2015   #4
Sedm

W7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks, Both.

The Windows Update service is scheduled to run at 03:00am every day (confirmed) so I don't think this is the cause.

Running powercfg -requests gives the following outcome:
DISPLAY:
None.

SYSTEM:
None.

AWAYMODE:
None.
I'll do some more digging but further ideas are welcome too, please.
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30 Oct 2015   #5
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

See if these tutorials can help solve the problem:
Wake Source - Read Event Viewer Log
Power Options and Sleep Mode Problems
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30 Oct 2015   #6
Sedm

W7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Thank you DavidE. I read those two tutorials and several others yesterday but am still no closer to finding the source. What is odd is how it has recently started happening despite having worked properly since PC build a couple of years ago and despite no new application software being installed.

I believe that either a software update has changed the behaviour or the PC is infected with something despite all AV products I have tried - including a root kit tool - giving a complete clean bill of health.
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30 Oct 2015   #7
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Do you have some way to restore to a time before the problem started ?
I create periodic System Image backups using Macrium Reflect free.
Some people only use and depend on Windows Restore Points.
Do you have anything you can restore to before the problem started ?

If it MIGHT be a virus or malware, best to ask for help in the SF Security forum here:
http://www.sevenforums.com/system-security/
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30 Oct 2015   #8
Sedm

W7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Yes, DavidE, I do - with ease.

I have one physical disk with the OS and program files and all data on five other physical disks. This allows me to take System Images - which I do every second week - and to restore without overwriting any data* (which is near-real time backed up in triplicate anyway).

I have resisted restoring to a system image though for two reasons:

1) I will not be beaten
2) There is no guarantee that the problem won't come back

I may end up swallowing my pride but for now will continue trying to solve it!

*Before I it gets pointed out I use "data" to mean documents, photos and so on rather than in its strict sense
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30 Oct 2015   #9
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

I understand.
I'm stubborn, and also like to know what caused a problem, and solve it.
You do have a backup/restore plan in place, so you always have that option.
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30 Oct 2015   #10
Sedm

W7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks for understanding!

After a pause for reflection I decided to swallow my pride and use the Windows System Image from two weeks ago. The problem appears to be solved though it is a shame that I don't know what the cause was. Let's see if it stays solved after Windows and other software have done their updates over the next couple of days after which I will return either to mark the thread as solved or to share more insight if not!

Thanks for the help along the way, DavidE and cyclops too.
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