Are Your Computers ‘Sleeping’ On The Job?

Every day it’s something new in our IT management service. Recently at Aptica, we have been fighting computers going to ‘sleep’ within a minute or two, even after being configured not to. Has this happened to you? We have found that the following steps resolve this issue. This seems to be a common new problem and can be a tough one to fix permanently. Take a look.

How to fix your “sleeping” computer

  1. Click on the Windows icon
  2. Type: regedit
  3. Right-click on the regedit icon, click Run as administrator
  4. Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\
  5. Double click on Attributes
  6. Enter number 2
  7. Go to Advanced power settings (click on Windows button, write power options, click on Power Options, in the selected plan click on the Change plan settings, click on the Change advanced power settings)
  8. Click Sleep, then System unattended sleep timeout, then change these settings from 2 minutes to 20 minutes, for example.

◊ Commonly seen on Windows 8/8.1 and 10 PCs

◊ Use this fix as a last resort, once all other options have been tested

◊ Used to resolve issues with your PC going to sleep regardless of power plan/power options settings. In most cases, a PC will go to sleep after only 1-2 minutes of idle time.

We understand that you want to come to work, boot your computers, and get right to work without having to spend time guessing what might be wrong with the network today. It’s our job to maximize your productivity by keeping your computers secure and efficient. Let experts manage your essential IT services.

Jason Newburg, 260.243.5100, ext 2001, is the founder and owner of Aptica LLC. This IT management company has been helping small to medium sized businesses for 15 years in the area that includes Angola,  South Bend, and Fort Wayne, IN and Battle Creek, MI.

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