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SOLVED: Windows 10 Sleeps After 1-4 Minutes of Inactivity

After upgrading from an older version of the Windows Operating System to Windows 10, or even after upgrading from an older build of Windows 10 to a newer one, quite a few users start experiencing a variety of problems, chief among them being their computer going to sleep after 1-4 minutes of inactivity. For some affected users, their computers go to sleep after 2 minutes, whereas some affected users have reported 3-4 minutes of inactivity triggering the problem in their case. This seems to happen even if an affected user has set their computer to go to sleep after a longer period of time, which is why this problem can be quite troubling.

Thankfully, though, this problem is pretty fixable, and the following are the two solutions that have proven to be most effective in resolving this problem:

Solution 1: Resetting and then re-configuring your power settings

In most cases, the root of this problem are customized power plan settings – if you have custom power settings and you upgrade to a newer version of Windows, the new Operating System may not be able to cope with and support your custom power settings and, as a consequence, cause your computer to go to sleep after every 1-4 minutes of inactivity. If this is what is causing this issue in your case, you can fix it by resetting and then re-configuring your power settings. To do so, you need to:

Open the Start Menu.

Click on Settings.

Click on System.

Navigate to Power & sleep in the left pane.

In the right pane, click on Additional power settings.

Select Choose when to turn off the display.

Click on Change advanced power settings.

Click on Restore plan defaults.

Restore plan defaults

Once you do so, you need to re-configure all of your power settings – including the one that dictates the amount of time of inactivity after which your computer goes to sleep – and these settings will then work as they are supposed to.

Solution 2: Fix the problem by editing your registry

Many affected users have also had luck with applying a certain fix to their registry and then configuring custom power settings to make sure that your computer only goes to sleep after a longer period of inactivity. To do so, you need to:

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Press Windows Logo key + R to launch a Run

Type regedit into the Run dialog and press Enter.

In the left pane of the Registry Editor, navigate to the following directory:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > CurrentControlSet > Control > Power > PowerSettings > 238C9FA8-0AAD-41ED-83F4-97BE242C8F20 > 7bc4a2f9-d8fc-4469-b07b-33eb785aaca0

In the right pane of the Registry Editor, double-click on a value named Attributes to modify it.

Replace whatever is in this value’s Value data field with 2.

Click on OK.

Exit the Registry Editor.

Windows 10 Sleeps

Once you have applied the registry fix, you need to change your system unattended sleep timeout to a longer period of time. To do so, you need to:

Open the Start Menu.

Search for “power options”.

Click on the search result titled Power Options.

Click on Change plan settings under your selected power plan.

Click on Change advanced power settings.

Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.

Click on Sleep.

Select System unattended sleep timeout. The value for this setting will probably be set to 2 minutes – change it to something longer, for example, 30 minutes.

System unattended sleep timeout

Apply and save the changes you have made, exit, and the problem should have been fixed.

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About Kevin Arrows

Hi! I'm Kevin. Thank you for reading the article above. I am a certified MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) with over 10 years of experience. I love to address tech issues, and write tech how-to's in a way that it can be followed by everyone.
  • Eric Bentsen

    I’ve had to use method 2 on a couple computers. It’s very annoying to have to go this far to stop the computer from sleeping in 2 minutes. Most newbies will never get this far. I can’t recommend Windows 10 to those who need this fix but will never be able to do it themselves.

  • Silva

    Also worked by disabling the “Deep sleep” option from BIOS.