Fix Windows 10/11 PC Won’t Sleep Mode

Is your Windows 10/11 PC refusing to enter sleep mode? Let’s troubleshoot the issue and find a solution.

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Check power settings: Make sure the power settings on your PC are configured to allow it to sleep when idle.

Enabling Sleep Mode and Modifying Power Options

To enable Sleep Mode on your Windows 10/11 PC, you can modify the power options in the Control Panel. First, go to the Start menu and search for “Control Panel,” then click on “Power Options.” From there, select “Choose when the computer sleeps” from the left-hand menu. Here, you can adjust the time settings for both when the computer is plugged in and when it’s running on battery power.

If your PC won’t go into Sleep Mode, you might need to check the advanced power settings. To do this, go back to the Power Options window and click on “Change plan settings” next to your selected power plan. Then, click on “Change advanced power settings” to open the advanced settings dialog box.

In the advanced settings, you can modify options such as “Sleep after,” “Allow hybrid sleep,” and “Hibernate after.” Make sure that these settings are configured to your preferences and that they are not preventing the computer from entering Sleep Mode.

If you’re comfortable with using the Command Prompt, you can also troubleshoot Sleep Mode issues by using the powercfg command. Open the Command Prompt as an administrator and type powercfg -requests to see what is preventing the computer from entering Sleep Mode.

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Updated: June 2024

Fortect can help address issues with a PC that doesn’t sleep by repairing damaged system files and faulty settings that may be causing the problem. It can also address freezing programs and annoying slowdowns, ensuring that Windows and other programs run smoothly.

Additionally, Fortect can automatically fix damaged or missing DLL files, which are crucial for the proper functioning of programs. While it can’t directly fix the specific issue of a PC not sleeping, it can address related issues that may be contributing to the problem.

Disconnecting Peripheral Devices and Checking Power Requests

  • Disconnect all peripheral devices such as USB drives, external hard drives, printers, and other USB-connected devices.
  • Check the Device Manager for any devices with power requests that may be preventing the PC from entering sleep mode.
  • To do this, open the Device Manager by pressing Windows Key + X and selecting Device Manager.
  • Expand the list of devices and look for any that have a power request preventing sleep mode.
  • Right-click on any devices with power requests and select Properties.
  • In the Power Management tab, uncheck the box that says “Allow this device to wake the computer” and click OK.
  • Repeat this process for any devices with power requests.

Disabling Screensaver and Using the Power Troubleshooter

Disabling Screensaver: To disable the screensaver on your Windows 10/11 PC, follow these steps. First, right-click on the Start button and select “Settings.” Then, click on “System” and choose “Power & sleep” from the left-hand menu. Next, click on “Additional power settings” and select “Change plan settings” next to your chosen power plan. Finally, click on “Change advanced power settings,” expand the “Display” option, and set “Dim the display” and “Turn off the display” to “Never.” This should disable the screensaver and prevent your PC from entering sleep mode.

Using the Power Troubleshooter: If your Windows 10/11 PC still won’t enter sleep mode, you can use the Power Troubleshooter to identify and fix any issues. To do this, press the Windows key + I to open Settings, then click on “Update & Security” and select “Troubleshoot” from the left-hand menu. Next, click on “Power” and select “Run the troubleshooter.” This will scan your system for power-related problems and provide instructions for resolving them.

Updating Device Drivers and Repairing System Files

Step Description
1 Open Device Manager by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting “Device Manager”.
2 Expand the different categories to find the device that needs a driver update.
3 Right-click on the device and select “Update driver”.
4 Choose to search automatically for updated driver software.
5 Wait for the process to complete and then restart your computer.
6 To repair system files, open Command Prompt as an administrator.
7 Run the command “sfc /scannow” and wait for the process to complete.
8 If the System File Checker finds any issues, it will attempt to repair them automatically.
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