Troubleshooting Windows 8 Sleep / Stand-by Issues
“Hi Wally, I’m using Windows 8.1 and my computer keeps sleeping when its idle. I’m using Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit on a notebook computer.” – Robert M., USA
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Wally’s Answer: Hi Robert, It seems that people have been having problems with the sleep feature in Windows 8. In your case it may need to be configured using the settings in Windows. Maybe you are waking your computer up using the mouse or keyboard and not using the power button, can can also cause the computer to sleep because its not completely woken-up. There are some ways to fix this issue. This should not take to long.
Problem with Windows 8 sleep feature on a 64bit laptop computer.
- Windows 8′s Power Options need to be configured
- Waking the computer using the mouse or keyboard
Some simple solutions to these problems include:
Configuring Windows 8 Sleep mode using the Power Options
Using the Metro Screen
- Press the Windows Key to get to the Metro Screen
- Start typing Sleep Settings and click the Power and sleep settings button
- This should take you to the PC Settings app, here you can change the amount of idle time required for the computer to go to sleep.
Using the Charms Bar to change Windows 8 Sleep mode settings
- Take the mouse arrow to the bottom-right corner of the screen, the charms bar’s buttons should appear.
- Point the mouse pointer to the Settings (gear) icon and click it.
- In the Settings menu, click Control Panel
- In the Control Panel window, type sleep in the search bar, and click the link Change when the computer sleeps.
- From there you should be able to change the amount of idle time required for the computer to go to sleep.
Waking-up from Windows 8 Sleep mode using the Power Button
If you wake the laptop with an external keyboard or mouse, then it will sleep after about 3 minutes of inactivity. This did not happen in older versions of Microsoft Windows (Windows Vista, Windows 7). However, if you use the Power Button on the laptop then windows 8 sleep mode will not initiate after 3 minutes of idle time.
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