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Windows 7: Sleep Mode--how do you make it WORK?

04 Jun 2009   #11
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

I think, perhaps, the posters are trying to be helpful but are making you run before walking?

Have you tried setting up your Power Options?

Right click the desktop and select personalize.

Clcik the icon "Screen saver" (bottom right)
In the window that follows click change power settings
Now select "Power Saver" and "Change plan settings"

Select the time, after which, at which you wish your computer to sleep, both on power abd battery if you are using a laptop.
Remember, at this stage, to SAVE. This is important.

Now click "Change Avanced Power settings"
This will give you a list of options
Scroll down to "Power button and lid" and adjust the options you find there to you own wishes.

While on the subject. Open the device manager in the Control Panel (icon view).
Click the "Networh adapters and then right click your adapter and select properties.
Click the "Power Management " tab. Untick the square "Allow this device to wake the computer" and then untick the square above it. - This could be why your computer is waking up.

Again. "There is no such thing as "administrator mode" in Win 7"

Yes there is but it is hidden. The one achieved by a right clcik is for the local lan Administrator. However, you can enable a global Administrator like this. It will mean, however, a dual login in.
There are a couple of ways:
Open a command prompt(Run as Administrator.
Type the following command and enter.
net user administrator /active
Log out and see if you have a new alternative login, as well as your existing one. If not, do it the long way.
Shut down the computer for a cold boot. Tap the "F8" key as you are booting.
Select "Safe Mode with networking" from the boot menu.
Log into windows 7 with your personal account that holds the administrator access.
Open a command window (START--->RUN--->CMD.exe). At the command prompt type the following net user administrator /active
Log out and log back in as administrator.

Another way
Go to Start
Type Control UserPasswords2.
Click Advanced.
Click Advanced again.
Select Users.
Select Administrator and untick the the box “Administrator is disabled”
Now log out and login as Administrator.
The action leaves you a little more vulnerable to outside attack. Not a big issue if you are confident with your anti virus control etc.


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04 Jun 2009   #12
Madwand

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by davehc View Post
Have you tried setting up your Power Options?
I had set them, but nothing worked.

Quote:
Right click the desktop and select personalize.

Clcik the icon "Screen saver" (bottom right)
In the window that follows click change power settings
Now select "Power Saver" and "Change plan settings"

Select the time, after which, at which you wish your computer to sleep, both on power abd battery if you are using a laptop.
Remember, at this stage, to SAVE. This is important.

Now click "Change Avanced Power settings"
This will give you a list of options
Scroll down to "Power button and lid" and adjust the options you find there to you own wishes.

While on the subject. Open the device manager in the Control Panel (icon view).
Click the "Networh adapters and then right click your adapter and select properties.
Click the "Power Management " tab. Untick the square "Allow this device to wake the computer" and then untick the square above it. - This could be why your computer is waking up.

I got up to here and tried it and it worked, so I didn't go any further. It went to sleep when I hit the sleep button on my keyboard and woke up when I moverd the mouse. That's what I want.

What doesn't make sense is this is the 2nd install of 7 and the 1st time it worked without me having to do all this.

Thanks!
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01 Oct 2013   #13
cliffskier

Windows 7 Professional x64 full retail
 
 

I know this is an old thread, but it was the first thing I found when I was searching for an answer to this problem, so I am posting a reply in case others come across it.

I also could not get the computer to go to sleep, and had the same diagnostic result. (I right-clicked on cmd--or command prompt--and clicked "Run as administrator." I typed powercfg -energy and viewed the report that it produced. Like Madwand, I found a message that the Realtek High Definition Audio driver "has made a request to prevent the system from automatically entering sleep."

I found a simple solution on another site: Right-click on the speaker icon in the task bar. Select Recording Devices. In the dialog, check for any recording devices that are plugged in (that is, any that do not say, "Not plugged in"). Select the device and click the Properties button. Click the Listen tab and see if the "Listen to this device" box is checked. Un-check it and click OK or Apply. That should stop the audio manager from preventing sleep.

Just tested it, and the computer did go to sleep, automatically. I haven't seen it do that in months, at least. That was the only thing preventing it from sleeping.
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