After a full 2 weeks of battling Windows 7 on a few issues - I believe I have reached the limit on my patience.
Seems that Windows 7 completely changes the "vibe" of Sleep Mode and particularly the way it treats the High Performance plan - with one very un-nerving negative effect.
To wit - for those of you that were running (or are still running) XP or Vista - if you were like me - after a new install - you would immediately ditch the standard power plan and switch everything over to be "on" all the time...until such time that you either shut it down yourself or with the "green" mantra that is prevalent now - you put the machine to sleep (S3).
In both XP and Vista - even with all power plan parameters set to High Performance ("never")...when the machine has been put to sleep manually (by button on keyboard or Start menu or whatever) it would stay asleep until a wakeup event occurs (like my WHS backup @ 1:00am) and then honors the value located in the registry known as the Return To Sleep Timeout...documented here.... http://www.vistax64....ed-wake-up.html
Windows 7 - my friends - does not honor this value in any way - even tho the identical values exist in it's registry. Windows 7 marches to it's own drummer and that is the state of the Power Plan. When I installed Windows 7 a couple weeks back - I did as I usually do - I immediate ditched the idiotic Balanced Power Plan...which basically put your machine in a coma if you go to the can for too long - and switched over to High Performance. Along with that change - I set every possible parameter to Never.....including the all important "Sleep after"...parameter.
In Windows 7 - if this parameter is set to Never - it really means NEVER. No matter what you do...especially if you put you machine to sleep and have it wake for the WHS backup...it will NEVER return to sleep. Secondly - if you run with the stock Balanced plan and put you machine to sleep and have it wake for the WHS backup...it should do so - but will return to sleep not in 120 seconds as it should via the Return to Sleep Timeout value - No - it will return to sleep some 30 minutes later as per the Balanced Plan sleep timeout.
Basically 7 is dead to me if this is the case. Not only are the Power Plans ass-backward...your power savings are non-existent if the machine is on all night (when on High) or while it plays dumb burning cycles for another 30 minutes while doing nothing (under Balanced).
So before I wipe the drive - can anyone out there confirm that they indeed have a High Performance plan in play and can confirm their Windows 7 PC actually goes back to sleep after 120 seconds following an unattended wakeup event?
Appreciate any input...even if someone could do a quick test via Task Manager to see if a machine (when in sleep mode) will wake, do something and go back to sleep in around a 2 minute timeframe...