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Windows 7: Make computer hibernate in spite of open program

20 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Make computer hibernate in spite of open program

I like to fall asleep listening to music or an audiobook, either in iTunes or a program called Overdrive. For several days I have been trying to figure out if there is a way to set my laptop to hibernate once I'm asleep -- after a half an hour, say -- thus overriding the program which is running.

Could anyone shed some light? I wasn't sure where to post this, so all due apologies if it is in the wrong place.

Thank you!

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21 Aug 2012   #2

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Windows 10 Home 64Bit

Welcome to the forum missmouse.

This tutorial may help you understand and change your power settings the way you want them:
Power Plan Settings - Change

Post back if it helps.
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21 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I have configured the power settings and advanced power settings in every way I could think might accomplish what I'm aiming for, and nothing worked.
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21 Aug 2012   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Here is another option.
Hibernate - Enable or Disable
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22 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Have tried configuring that option, as well. I'm not sure if having a file playing makes the computer decide it's active and therefore ineligible to sleep or hibernate.
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23 Aug 2012   #6

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64

Some programs will not allow the PC to sleep/hibernate when they are running no matter what the Windows settings are.
Look through the configuration options for your programs to see if there is an option to allow sleep.
You can also look through the program documentation to see if there is any info about this.

If you can not find a setting to allow hibernate, you could try creating a scheduled task to kill the processes that are preventing hibernate and/or force a hibernate.
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