How to Fix PC Won’t Go to Sleep Mode in Windows 10


To fix Windows won’t go to sleep mode problem, this article can be a great solution. It contains the proper guide to recover from this issue.

If you are a Windows 10 user, you probably have installed the recent update. Now, You may have found that your computer is not going to sleep mode even after trying again and again. For some users, it may seem that the PC has gone to sleep mode. But, If you notice carefully, the PC remains active as the drives are active and not in idle mode. So, What is the solution? Re-Installing Windows? No! You still have things to do.

How to Fix Computer Won’t Go to Sleep Mode in Windows

The solution would be very easy if you could try a single method. But, The good thing is, here I have described all possible methods that may resolve the windows sleep problem.

1. Tweak Power Setting

If Windows is not going to sleep mode, the first solution should be tweaking the power setting. Because, In most cases, the misconfiguration in power settings cause this error. So, You should follow these steps from below to make sure everything is OK.

Allow Windows to sleep while sharing media
  • First of all, Open the start menu. Type powercfg.cpl and press enter. It will launch the Power Options window.
  • Now, Click on the Change plan settings next to your current power plan.
  • Then, Click on the Change advanced power settings. It will open a new window.
  • From there, Find Multimedia Settings and expand it.
  • Now, Look at the option “When sharing media file.” Set the setting as “Allow the computer to sleep” instead of “Prevent idling to sleep.”
  • After that, Restart your computer.

Hopefully, It will fix computer won’t go to sleep mode problem. You should not face any more problems.

2. Find the Process that Prevents Windows to Sleep

There should be a reason your PC is not going to idle mode. In fact, the most common reason is the background process that is still active. It can be more than one. But, How you can find it? Well, these instructions explain everything.

find the process that is preventing windows from sleeping
  • At first, Open the Windows start menu, type cmd.
  • Now, Right click on the command prompt and choose run as administrator.
  • Then, Type the following command and hit enter to run it.
powercfg -requests
  • It will show you which processes are active and preventing your computer from going into idle mode. Just, Take necessary steps to kill that process.

Note: You also can use “Powercfg /requests” this command.

But, How can you kill that processes? It can be a bit tricky. I found in a forum that a user disconnects his microphone from his PC and it fixed windows not going to sleep mode issue. Because He found that a permanent audio stream was active.

For some users, any software can create background processes which cause this problem. In that case, They can uninstall that software if that is unnecessary or they can tweak relevant settings to disable the background process.

But, You also can kill processes from the task manager. To do it, simply, right click on the taskbar, choose Task Manager. It should show you a list of processes. From their find the problematic process. Then, Right click on it and choose “End Task.”

3. Update/Rollback Display Adapter Driver

Sometimes, Problems in the graphics card driver can cause this error. It can be due to the recent update of GPU driver or due to incompatibility. The solution can be different. If you start facing sleep mode issue after updating the driver, just rollback. If not, just update the graphics card driver. Here are the instructions to do it.

rollback display adapter to fix sleep mode issue windows
  • At first, Open start menu, type devmgmt.msc and hit enter.
  • Now, From the Windows device manager, expand display adapter, right click on the graphics card and choose Update driver.
  • Then, Follow your preferred method to install the update.

If you want to rollback,

  • Like before, open the Windows device manager.
  • Then, Right click on the graphics card driver and go to properties.
  • Now, Go to driver tab and click on rollback.
  • Follow onscreen instructions.

I hope it will fix PC won’t go to sleep mode problem.

Note: You can use Driver Booster or Driver Easy or Driver Genius to update any drivers on your PC automatically.

4. Update Windows

In some cases, it can be a known issue for specific users. For them, A update may have come with the fixes. Also, Any pending update can cause the same problem. So, I recommend you to check for the latest update and install if there is any available. It may fix windows computer is not sleeping problem.

5. Uninstall Update

A recent update of Windows 10 is causing a similar problem to some users’ computers. If it is the case for you too, you can uninstall the update. To do it, follow these instructions.

  • At first, Go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features.
  • Now, Click on “View installed updates” on the left sidebar.
  • Then, Uninstall the most recent update.

After restarting your computer, you should no longer encounter the problem again.

These are the most effective solutions to fix PC won’t go to sleep mode in Windows. I hope this article will help you to get rid of the similar problem. But, If you know any other thing that might help others, you can comment.

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Hasibul Kabir is the founder of TechClassy. He is a Tech Blogger, Web Developer & Hobbyist Game Developer. He loves to write on technology, mainly Windows, macOS, iOS, etc.



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