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Windows 7: Over-ride global power settings

28 Sep 2016   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Over-ride global power settings

I have a few laptops that I'm working on in a professional capacity, and I am stymied by the situation, which is...

The laptops have not successfully checked for updates in over 12 months. In my experience, if a computer on Windows 7 64 (unsure about 32) has not had an update check for over 6 months, it can take hours upon hours to do a successful check for updates. During that time, svchost.exe uses 100% of a CPU core, and a varying but large chunk of RAM, maybe 30MB to 150MB. I could be wrong, but I believe the only way to overcome this is to wait. All these laptops have 2GB RAM.

The laptop is on Windows 7 Professional, and is installed to a domain. I am logged in as the domain administrator and have tried logging in as the local administrator (account enabled via the command "net user administrator /active:yes"). Where the laptops are at the moment, the domain controller is not present (and besides, I'm a stand-alone PC fixer-upper, not much server experience). They are each set with a global power setting that puts the laptop to sleep after 2 hrs. All power plans, including newly created plans, are stuck and cannot have their power setting changed. I've tried GPEdit.msc and I have tried powercfg command prompt. GPEdit has no affect (does it need the server present to work?) and powercfg says permission denied (even in cmd prompt as administrator).

I have read somewhere that I need to install Remote Server Administration Tools, to make adjustments to a machine when the server is not present. I cannot install it because it uses the Windows Update stand-alone installer, and Windows Updates are taking hours and hours. Perfect Catch-22.

Any suggestions on how to change the power setting so that I may complete long-overdue updates?

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