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Fix: Windows 10 Won’t Sleep Automatically

Sleep mode is a low power mode in computers where this mode saves plenty of electrical consumption. Upon resume, the device loads the last session so you avoid the hassle of opening applications or starting your work again. The machine state is held in RAM; when issued the sleep command, the computer powers off un-needed processes and sets the RAM to the minimum power state.

Because of the power saving state, you can also set timers to make your laptop go into sleep mode automatically. However, many users reported that after the upgrade to Windows 10, their computer won’t sleep automatically like it used to. This problem can be traced back to many reasons such as a controller disrupting the sleep timer of your computer or a third-party application keeping the computer awake. Follow the solutions from the top and work your way down.

How to check if Sleep Mode is actually enabled?

Before we move on with the troubleshooting, we will check if the sleep mode is actually enabled on your computer. There is a specific timer in the system. If the computer remains unused for that period of time, it goes into sleep mode automatically.

  1. Right click on the battery icon present at the bottom right of your screen and click “Power Options”.

If you own a PC and don’t see this option, press Windows + S and type “choose a power plan”. Click on the most relevant result.

  1. There will be many plans listed in the window. Click on “Change plan settings” in front of the power plan which is currently active on your computer.

  1. On this window, you will see an option “Put the computer to sleep”. Make sure that the time limit is the one you are expecting. Change it to a lower value if is too high. Click “Save changes” and exit.

Solution 1: Resetting your Computer

We can try completely restarting your computer by plugging out the power source after shutdown or removing the battery. It may be possible that your cache or RAM is still retaining some data even after the shutting down/restart process. Shutdown your computer normally and after a few minutes plug out the plug/remove the battery. Now, wait for a couple of minutes before turning it back on. This might solve the problem but is more of a blind shot. If it doesn’t, move on with the other solutions.

Solution 2: Checking your Browser

Browsers tend to exchange data with websites even when you are not using it. Website such as web.whatsapp or Skype etc. tends to use push notifications which keeps your browser awake which in turn keeps your PC awake. You should try closing all of your browsers properly using the task manager and then wait to see if the computer goes into sleep mode. If it does, you can easily diagnose which website is causing the problem. Start with interactive websites (WhatsApp, yahoo, live, Skype) etc. and once diagnosed, refrain from keeping the tab open.

Solution 3: Checking Connected Devices

Several connected devices require “always on” correspondence with your computer. It is possible that a device is connected to your computer which is disrupting the sleep timer, hence, disabling your computer to go to sleep. These devices include wireless mouse/keyboard, Xbox console or devices, interactive speakers, or some other external device (even a USB or hard drive!).

Unplug these devices from your computer and wait for the timer to put your computer to sleep mode. If the issue still persists, feel free to plug these devices back on and proceed with the further solutions.

Solution 4: Updating latest Windows Updates

Windows roll out important updates targeting the bug fixes in the operating system. If you are holding back and not installing the Windows update, we strongly recommend that you do. Windows 10 is the latest Windows operating system and new operating systems take a lot of time to get perfect in every regard.

There are a lot of issues still pending with the OS and Microsoft rolls out frequent updates to target these issues.

  1. Press Windows + S button to launch your start menu’s search bar. In the dialogue box type “Windows update”. Click the first search result which comes forward.

  1. Once in the update settings, click on the button which says “Check for updates”. Now Windows will automatically check for updates available and install them. It may even prompt you for a restart.
  2. After updating, restart your computer and check if your issue got fixed.

Solution 5: Turning off Cortana

Cortana is a new feature in Windows 10. It is virtual assistant which monitors your computer usage and aims to help you by giving suggestions. It also responds to voice commands and has the capability to perform small tasks like making an appointment or playing some music.

The voice command “Hey Cortana” has been known to cause problems with sleep in Windows. Turns out that due to some technical problem or a bug, the computer always stays awake to listen to the command “Hey Cortana” made by the user. We can try disabling Cortana and check if this solves the problem. If it doesn’t, feel free to turn her back on.

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the search bar of your start menu and type “Cortana” in the dialogue box. Open the result which says “Cortana and search settings”.

  1. Uncheck all options in the settings menu. This will turn off Cortana from your computer.

  1. Restart your computer and check if the problem still persists.

Solution 6: Turning off Hybrid Sleep

Hybrid sleep is the combination of sleep mode and hibernation. The contents of the RAM are copied to a non-volatile storage (just like in regular hibernation) but then, instead of powering down, the computer enters sleep mode. This approach aims to combine the benefits of sleep mode and hibernation. The machine can resume instantaneously while also powering down to save energy.

Many users reported that because of hybrid sleep, their computer wouldn’t sleep at all. After disabling hybrid sleep, the computer seemed to sleep normally after the set time. We can try disabling hybrid sleep from your power settings and check if it works.

  1. Right click on the battery icon present at the bottom right of your screen and click “Power Options”.

If you own a PC and don’t see this option, press Windows + S and type “choose a power plan”. Click on the most relevant result.

  1. There will be many plans listed in the window. Click on “Change plan settings” in front of the power plan which is currently active on your computer.
  2. Now click “Change advanced power settings” located in the near middle of the screen.

  1. Now expand the category of Sleep and open Hybrid Sleep. Set both options (on battery and plugged in) to off using the drop-down. Press Apply to save changes and exit. Restart your computer and check if this makes any difference.

Solution 7: Checking Device Wake-up Call Settings

Many devices have the ability to keep your computer awake. These devices can include the mouse, keyboard, speakers etc. You should disable this setting for all the devices except for Ethernet and check if you still face the problem. In the majority of cases, a slight movement of the mouse or some external device communication with the computer disrupts the sleep timer. We are demonstrating how to disable the setting for a mouse. Make sure that you implement these for all the other devices as well (except the Ethernet).

  1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run application, type “devmgmt.msc” and press Enter.
  2. Once in the device manager, expand the category of “Mice and other pointing devices”. Right click on “HID-compliant mouse” and select Properties.

  1. Navigate to Power Management tab and uncheck the option which says “Allow this device to wake the computer”.

  1. Press Apply to save changes and exit. Reboot your computer and check if the issue got solved.

Solution 8: Changing UpdateOrchestrator

Windows 10’s UpdateOrchestrator scheduled task folder contains a task named as Reboot. This task will force your computer to wake up and install updates whether or not any of them are available. This setting can be with-holding your PC from going into sleep mode. We cannot rely on simply removing the permissions. We need to change ownership so Windows won’t be able to change the settings later on.

  1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run application. In the dialogue box type “control panel”. This will launch your computer’s control panel in front of you.
  2. Search for “Administrative Tools” in the search bar present at the top right side of the screen and open the first result which comes forth.

  1. Now you will be navigated to a folder where all administrative tools will be present. Navigate through them and open Task Scheduler.

  1. Now navigate to the following location:

Library > Microsoft > Windows > UpdateOrchestrator

  1. Now search for an entry named as “Reboot”. Right-click it and select Properties.
  2. Now a new window will open. Navigate to the Conditions bar and uncheck the box which says “Wake the computer to run this task”. Press Ok, save changes and exit. Now right click on Reboot and select Disable from the options.

  1. Now we need to make your account the owner of this file. Navigate to

C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator

It is called “Reboot” with a file extension. Right-click it and select Properties from the list of options available.

  1. You follow the method on how to make yourself the owner of the file. You can also check out on how to modify your registry so you can get an option on right click of any file/folder to take ownership.

Restart your computer for the changes to take effect and check if the problem is solved

Solution 9: Downgrading the version of Intel Management Engine Components Driver

We will download Intel Management Engine Interface Driver (version 9 or 10) and exploit the show or hide updates package to stop the system from installing the version 11 again. We will have to pause the update service of your computer using the services menu to ensure that Windows doesn’t automatically install the version 11 itself.

  1. Type “services.msc” to launch the services window where all the services present in your machine are listed.
  2. Once in services, navigate to the near bottom of the screen and locate Windows Update. Right-click it and select Properties.

  1. After stopping the process, click on the Startup Type option and select Manual from the list of options available.

  1. Press Ok to save changes and exit. Restart your computer for the changes to take place.
  2. Navigate to HP’s official drivers download site and enter the model of your machine.
  3. Once you have selected your machine and are redirected to the drivers page, expand the option of “Driver-Chipset” and download “Intel Management Engine Components Driver”.

  1. Now install the downloaded software.
  2. Once you have installed it, download the Windows 10 Show or Hide updates package from Microsoft.
  3. Now run the downloaded package. After Windows scans your computer, you will be given two options. Select the one which says “Hide updates”.

  1. In the next window select Intel Management Engine Components Driver and hide it. This will ensure that you don’t update regarding the 11 Edition. 
  2. Type “services.msc” to launch the services window where all the services present in your machine are listed.
  3. Once in services, navigate to the near bottom of the screen and locate Windows Update. Right-click it and select Properties.

  1. Click on the Startup Type option and select Automatic from the list of options available.

  1. Restart your computer and check if your computer goes to sleep correctly.

Note: You don’t need to uninstall the version 11 before installing the version 9 or 10. The presence of some version of the driver is required in order to downgrade it.

  1. Right click on the battery icon present at the bottom right of your screen and click “Power Options”.

If you own a PC and don’t see this option, press Windows + S and type “choose a power plan”. Click on the most relevant result.

  1. Click on “Choose what the power button do” located at the left side of the window. Note: Follow the exact same steps for the option “Choose what closing the lid does”.

  1. Click the options “Change settings that are currently unavailable” located at the near top of the screen. This will enable you to amend the checkboxes at the bottom of the screen.

  1. Uncheck the option which says “Turn on fast startup (recommended)”. Press Ok to apply changes and exit.

  1. Now open an elevated command prompt (Windows + S, type “command prompt” in the dialogue box, right click on the application and select “Run as administrator”).
  2. Type the following command and press Enter.

Powercfg –h off

  1. Reboot your computer and check if the problem got solved. Also upon reboot, update your BIOS and your graphics drivers.

Solution 10: Ignoring all Power Requests by srvnet driver

Another solution which the users reported was that they disabled all the power requests by the srvnet driver and the problem automatically disappeared for them. There can be many explanations for this phenomenon but there shouldn’t be any assumptions without proper research. We will be executing the command on Command Prompt and check if this fixes anything for us.

  1. Press Windows + S to launch the search bar, type “command prompt” in the dialogue box, right click on the result and select “Run as administrator”.
  2. Once the command prompt, write the following command followed by the Enter key.

powercfg -requestsoverride DRIVER srvnet System

You can also reverse the changes if the solution doesn’t work for you by executing this command:

powercfg -requestsoverride DRIVER srvnet

  1. Restart your computer and check if the problem got solved.

Solution 11: Disabling Media Sharing Settings

Windows has a feature to share media with other clients from your computer through the network. This feature can have traffic on your computer and may disrupt the sleep timer. We can try disabling it through advanced power options and check if this fixes the problem.

  1. Right click on the battery icon present at the bottom right of your screen and click “Power Options”.

If you own a PC and don’t see this option, press Windows + S and type “choose a power plan”. Click on the most relevant result.

  1. There will be many plans listed in the window. Click on “Change plan settings” in front of the power plan which is currently active on your computer.
  2. Now click “Change advanced power settings” located in the near middle of the screen.

  1. Expand the categories of “Multimedia settings” and “When sharing media”. Set both options (on battery and plugged in) to “Allow the computer to sleep”. Press Apply to save changes and exit.

  1. Reboot your computer and check if the problem got solved.

Solution 12: Starting Computer in Clean-Boot state

If all the above solutions don’t work, it is recommended to restart your computer. If it doesn’t bring any improvement, we can try Clean Booting. This boot allows your PC to turn on with a minimal set of drivers and programs. Only the essential ones are enabled while all the other services are disabled.

  1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run application. Type “msconfig” in the dialogue box and press Enter.

  1. Navigate to the Services tab present at the top of the screen. Check the line which says “Hide all Microsoft services”. Once you click this, all Microsoft related services will be disabled leaving behind all the third-party services.
  2. Now click the “Disable all” button present at the near bottom at the left side of the window. All the third-party services will now be disabled.
  3. Click Apply to save changes and exit.

  1. Now navigate to the Startup tab and click the option of “Open Task Manager”. You will be redirected to the task manager where all the applications/services which run when your computer starts will be listed.

  1. Select each service one by one and click “Disable” at the bottom right side of the window.

  1. Now restart your computer and check if the computer goes to sleep mode successfully. If it does, it means there was an external program which was causing the problem. Search through your installed programs and determine which application is causing your problems. Follow the next solution to determine if the system registers a process which is disrupting your computer’s sleep cycle.

Solution 13: Checking which Processes are Disrupting the Sleep Cycle

Windows has an inbuilt command which lets you identify which process/application is causing the sleep process on your computer to halt. Once you have identified the application/process correctly, you can stop them.

  1. Press Windows + S, type “command prompt”, right click on the application and select “Run as administrator”.
  2. Once in the elevated command prompt, type the following command and press Enter.

powercfg /requests

  1. Now all the processes/applications will be listed in front of you which are not letting the computer sleep.

Note: This tool isn’t perfect and doesn’t list all the processes/applications necessary. Try disabling your antivirus, VPN services, unplugging USB’s, and monitoring applications (such as CC Cleaner).

To disable a service which is the culprit, press Windows + R and type “services.msc”. A new window will pop up containing all the services running on your computer. Double-click the one which is causing the problem, stop the service and select Startup Type to Disabled. Press Ok to save changes and exit.

To uninstall an application, open control panel and select Uninstall a Program. All the programs installed on your computer will be listed here. Right-click the one which is causing your problems and select “Uninstall”.

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