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Windows 7: MSDN Blogger Releases "Insomnia" for Keeping Windows 7


08 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
MSDN Blogger Releases "Insomnia" for Keeping Windows 7

MSDN Blogger Releases "Insomnia" for Keeping Windows 7 Awake!

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Microsoft MSDN Blogger, Delay , has posted Insomnia a program for keeping your Windows computer from "going to sleep".
Windows' default power settings sleep after 15 to 30 minutes of inactivity (i.e. no mouse or keyboard input). While this is great because an unused computer doesn't need to be running at full power. However, sometimes a computer is "busy" even when there's no physical activity (i.e. no mouse or keyboard input).
Potential Problems: playing movies, burning a DVD, streaming music, etc.. In these cases, you don't want the computer to "go to sleep".
You can either change & rechange your Control Panel's Power Settings - or run Insomnia to temporarily keep Windows "awake!"
Download

so no excuse now!

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08 Oct 2009   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Thanks Nick

At first I thought it was a joke then realized how many sleep/hibernation problems we see. Bookmarked that page.

Personally I use a defibrillator on mine
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08 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

mines always on
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08 Oct 2009   #4

Win7x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
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You can either change & rechange your Control Panel's Power Settings - or run Insomnia to temporarily keep Windows "awake!"
This small command-line utility does the same thing, except it can auto-start your intended target app and then auto-close when the target itself terminates, so you can do everything in one step if you like (from a batch file):

Vista goes to sleep while burning DVD - Vista Forums
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08 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks, my laptop went to sleep once when doing a system scan. Really annoying.
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05 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by H2SO4 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
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You can either change & rechange your Control Panel's Power Settings - or run Insomnia to temporarily keep Windows "awake!"
This small command-line utility does the same thing, except it can auto-start your intended target app and then auto-close when the target itself terminates, so you can do everything in one step if you like (from a batch file):

Vista goes to sleep while burning DVD - Vista Forums
How can I tell if this program is running? I created a command line and it seemed to work, but nothing is showing in my system tray or in the PC's apps or processes. Thanks.
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05 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
MSDN Blogger Releases "Insomnia" for Keeping Windows 7 Awake!

Quote:
Microsoft MSDN Blogger, Delay , has posted Insomnia a program for keeping your Windows computer from "going to sleep".
Windows' default power settings sleep after 15 to 30 minutes of inactivity (i.e. no mouse or keyboard input). While this is great because an unused computer doesn't need to be running at full power. However, sometimes a computer is "busy" even when there's no physical activity (i.e. no mouse or keyboard input).
Potential Problems: playing movies, burning a DVD, streaming music, etc.. In these cases, you don't want the computer to "go to sleep".
You can either change & rechange your Control Panel's Power Settings - or run Insomnia to temporarily keep Windows "awake!"
Download

so no excuse now!

source
Does this program cause the PC to stay on until the user terminates the program? I am assuming yes as it doesn't appear to have an activity monitor but simply keeps the PC from going to sleep. Thanks.
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05 Feb 2010   #8

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there
Thanks for the info -- although I never seem to have this problem

I have Virtual machines running in the background so I don't of course want the HOST to "go to sleep".

Ensure in the power settings that you set the discs NEVER to power off - sometimes this is missed.

I let the screen power off as it's probably the biggest consumer of energy -- with a Linux machine you don't even need a monitor plugged in as you can control it remotely -- not sure whether Windows has a "Virtual Console" type of facility.

This is hopefully an area where windows needs a bit of a modification -- especially for servers. Linux has a special service for the display called the X-Server. This allows you to run a GUI of your own choice - typically GNOME or KDE. However the system runs fine in Command mode too and whether or not you use a GUI you can control the whole kybosh remotely.

Windows needs something like this --especially for servers which are only running applications without users being logged on to the actual server itself.

Remote control can be set up for Windows servers but it seems unnecessarily complicated to me.

Cheers
jimbo
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18 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7
 
 

The vista solution (STESwrap.exe) does not seem to work on Windows 7 for me although it could just be that it fails to prevent the monitor from turning off. Insomnia app seems to work although I somehow got to a state on my Windows 7 machine where insomnia failed to prevent the monitor from turning off. A reboot fixed this. Is insomnia supposed to prevent the monitor from turning off as well as preventing sleep? I am looking for something to keep the computer on during itunes playback.

Since I am getting audio and video through the hdmi my guess is that the monitor is turned off by the PC and so the audio is also not output anymore.
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18 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Windows has Remote Desktop, that's how admin my severs from my workstation.


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Hehthat was really a bit much a thread hijack sorry
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