Windows 10 may sometimes trouble its users with petty issues, such as Sleep Mode Not Working. Many users have complained about Windows 10 Not Sleeping while they try to make it sleep. This is a very common issue, and there could be several reasons for such an issue to occur. Interference of a third party software, inappropriate settings, and device driver issues are the main causes why the computer won’t go to sleep in Windows 10.
There are mainly two types of Sleep Mode issues Windows 10 users may face:
- Computer Won’t Go To Sleep In Windows 10
- Sleep Option Missing in Windows 10
In the following article, we try to find apt solutions to fix the Windows 10 not sleeping issue. Let us take a look.
Also Read: – Fix: Computer automatically waking up from Sleep in Windows 10 / 11
How To Fix Windows PC Not Sleeping
Fix 1 – Find out who is stopping windows PC from sleep
1. Search CMD in Windows 10 Search Box. Right click on command prompt icon and click on run as administrator.
2. Run the command given below to know which applications hinders sleep mode other than basic needed applications.
# To know what are the applications who hinder with sleep mode always run :-
Note: The result will display all the applications which hinder sleep. Try to find the culprit from the result and uninstall it. If it seems to be originating from a software program you installed, uninstall it from control panel.
If you want to directly disable this process from command prompt, run the command given below.
powercfg -requestsoverride <CALLER_TYPE>“<NAME>”<REQUEST>
For example lets say Process yc.exe seems to be culprit. so we will run the following command.
powercfg -requestsoverride PROCESS “yc.exe” SYSTEM
# To know who prevented your laptop from going to sleep recently run :-
# To know all the devices who wake up your Computer run:-
powercfg -devicequery wake_armed
Lets say , the issue seems to be originating from a network adapter, just follow the steps given below.
1. Search device manager in Windows 10 search box.
2. Expand Network adapters.
3. Right click on the Network adapter which seems to be causing the issue and click on properties.
4. Click on power management Tab and check the option saying Allow the computer to turn off this device
Fix 2 – Disable wake timers
1. Press Windows key + R key together to open run.
2. Copy and paste the path given below to open power options
3. Now, Double Click on sleep to expand
4. Now, Double click on Allow wake timers and choose disable.
In case you are on a laptop, Disable it for both On Battery and Plugged in Options.
Fix 3 – Allow Computer To Sleep
First of all, you will need to make sure that the basic Power settings are set to default that your PC can sleep. Sometimes, third-party software mess with settings and make changes that lead to issues like sleep mode not working in Windows 10. Follow these steps to change the Power settings to default:
Step 1: Search Edit Power Plan in Windows 10 search box.
Step 2 – Click on Edit power plan icon from the search result.
Step 3: Another window will open. Here, click on Change advanced power settings option.
Step 4: A new Power Options windows will open. Here, click on Restore plan defaults.
Step 5: Additionally, in the Power Options window, you can expand the Multimedia settings option, and then expand the When sharing media option. Here, for both On battery and Plugged in options, select Allow the computer to sleep from the drop-down.
Note: You will not get two options in the When sharing media menu if you are using a PC. You will get just one option. In it, select the Allow the computer to sleep option.
After applying changes, click on Ok to apply the settings. Now, see if you are able to put the computer to sleep. If not, try the next method.
Fix 4 – Disable Fast startup
Fast startup is an useful feature of windows 10 in which the System saves an image of loaded drivers and kernels in C:\hiberfil.sys file. When you restart your PC, it resumes these directly from the hiberfil.sys file. But some older PC / Laptop may not be compatible with this feature and may cause sleep issues in Windows 10. To disable Fast startup just do the following.
1 – Search POWERCFG.CPL in Windows search.
2 -Click on POWERCFG.CPL from the search result.
3. Click on “Choose what the power buttons do” from the left hand side of the window
4. Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable;
5. Uncheck the checkbox under this category that says “Turn on fast startup (recommended)”.
Fix 5 – Disable Screensaver
1. Search Change screen saver in Windows 10 search box.
2. Select None from the dropdown.
Fix 6 – Check Sleep settings
1. Press Windows key + R to open run.
2. Now, write powercfg.cpl in it and click OK.
3. Click on Choose when to turn off the display from left menu.
4. Now, check power settings and see that they are correct or not. If not, correct the settings.
Fix 7 – Do A Clean Boot
It might be possible that your PC is not able to sleep because of a third party software installed on it. In such a case, you will need to boot your PC in clean boot mode. In Clean boot mode, your PC starts with just the essential Windows programs and services. This makes sure that no third party software would start when your PC starts. So, if any such software is interrupting the PC to go into sleep mode, Clean Boot will take care of it.
Here’s how to Restart PC in Clean Boot Mode in Windows 10.
If your PC is not sleeping after Clean Boot, try the next method.
Fix 8 – Use Windows Troubleshooter To Fix Windows 10 Not Sleeping
Windows Troubleshooter can sometimes solve an issue very effectively in Windows 10. The Troubleshooter can be helpful with resolving Windows 10 not sleeping issue. Follow these steps to run the Troubleshooter to fix the sleeping issue:
Step 1: Press Windows key + I to open settings.
Step 2 – Click on Update & Security
Step 3 – Click on Troubleshoot from the left menu.
Step 4 – Scroll down and click on Power.
Step 5 – Click on Run the Troubleshooter from the expanded menu.
Step 6 – Let the troubleshooter complete its operation.
When done, try to check if the Sleep option works. If the Troubleshooter didn’t find any issue or didn’t fix the Windows 10 Not Sleeping issue, move on to the next method.
Fix 9 – Update Windows 10
Outdated Windows device drivers may be the reason to cause Sleep Mode Not Working in Windows 10. Updating Windows 10 to its latest version is something that it takes to update all the device drivers on your PC. After updating Windows 10, the sleep mode might work without any issue.
Here’s a quick article that will tell you how to update Windows 10. After the update is complete, check if the Sleep mode is working in your Windows 10 PC. If not, try out the next method.
Fix 10 – Disable Hybrid Mode
Under Power Options, options to enable/disable Hybrid Mode is available. This mode is a combination of Hibernation and Sleep modes. If the Hybrid Mode is On, it may cause your PC to not sleep. To fix the Windows 10 not sleeping issue by disabling Hybrid Mode, here are the steps to follow:
Step 1: Follow Step 1 to Step 3 from Method # 1. This will open the Advanced Power option settings.
Step 2: In the menu, look for the expandable option Sleep. In the Sleep menu, expand the Allow hybrid sleep, and in the option(s) available there, choose Off from their drop-down menu.
When done, click on the Ok button to apply settings. Then, restart your PC and check if the Sleep Mode not working issue has been fixed or not.
Fix 11 – Scan PC for Virus/Malware
It might be possible that your PC has some sort of Virus or Malware. And, virus attacks can at times affect the normal functioning of PC, which includes Windows 10 Sleep Node Not Working.
If you do not have an Antivirus installed, get one as soon as possible and scan your PC for virus or malware. Here is a list of best free Antivirus for Windows 10. Scan your PC after installing an Antivirus and see if a threat is detected and removed. Now check if you are able to put your PC to sleep.
Fix 12 – Disconnect Peripheral Devices
Some peripheral devices connected to your PC might be the reason for Windows 10 not sleeping. Remove or disconnect the externally connected peripheral devices on your PC.
Essential devices such as Mouse/Keyboard must not cause any issue. Remove devices such as Printer, Scanner, Webcam, External DVD, etc. connected to your PC and check if that fixes the Windows 10 not sleeping issue.
Windows 10 not sleeping or the Windows 10 Sleep Mode Not Working issue is a very common and easy to fix. The above methods would easily solve the issue for you. Do let us know that which of the methods worked for you to fix this problem on your PC.
30 thoughts on “Fix Windows 10/11 Sleep Mode Not Working [Solved]”
Disallowing a Network Adapter (My Ethernet Cable) from waking my pc seems to have worked, thank you
“Fix 2 – Disable wake timers” is the only thing that worked for me
I’ve been searching for a long time for a way to fix this problem. This is the first place I’ve found with answers that work. Thanks.
I discovered an interesting corner case when I upgraded a computer from Windows 10 to 11. Under Windows 10, I had the screen turn-off set to “never” and the computer sleep set to “2 hours.” The same settings migrated unchecked to Windows 11. But under windows 11, the screen turn-off cannot be longer than the computer sleep time, so the computer never went to sleep. Changing the screen turn-off time to “2 hours” fixed that.
When I shut down my computer the hard drive shuts down but the light and fans stay running anybody have any ideas about this?
I found the issue was due to my usb Joystick. I unplugged it and it was fine.
Fixed – in my case an App I’d forgotten I installed. Many thanks.
After about a year of dealing with this “not going to sleep” problem (and trying out everything in this article with no success), I fixed it by going to Settings, (System), (Power and Sleep), (additional power settings), (change plan settings), (change advanced power settings), drop down “sleep” in the menu, drop down “allow wake timers” setting (enable, disable, or important wake timers only) and choose “Important wake timers only”. Doing this seems to have remedied this frustrating problem without having to end or delete any processes or files simply by changing this setting. I hope it will help someone else too. Btw, mousocoreworker isn’t showing anymore when I do the powercfg/requests thing.
Thanks but none of the ‘fixes’ worked for my ASUS N750JK.
Unit goes into ‘Sleep’ mode Ok but when waking, does a full reboot/restart and things like Num Lock have been reset to ‘off’.
Any other suggestions?
Thank you so much for writing this article!
Step 2 solved it. 🙂
Thanks, in my case it was the slide show preventing the sleep!!!
Fix 7 – Disable Hybrid Mode, worked for me, though disabling hybrid mode does make sleep quite slow to use. Thanks for your excellent article.
In my case it was Avid Pro Tools, I checked the startup menu and after installing the application on my Windows I realized that sleep mode did not work. Another thing that made me realize this was that the sleep mode worked weell when I tried to sleep right after the boot, I realized that what was preventing sleep was an app that was slow to boot.
Uninstalled Malwarebytes Anti-malware – issue fixed. May be because I had not updated it for half a year.
My problem was Malwarebytes software, either because not updated for half a year or being problematic as it is. The sleep issue was fixed after uninstalling it.
Thank you for sharing this method which should cover most cases.
In my case, the cause was the setting of an old but convenient PS2 keyboard.
In the “Power Management” tab of the PS2-keyboard device-properties in the information entry in the device manager:
– the check box “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” was grey, and not
– the check box “Allow this device to wake the computer” was marked.
After I unchecked the “Allow this device to wake the computer” I could not use the keyboard to start the computer any longer (but could use the start button instead) and I could put my computer to sleep with the “power” entry of the start menu.
The problem is with MoUSOCoreWorker, find it in your active programs using task manager and shut it off.
Thanks! Was an “ISO Worker”. Googling lead to Win Update issue – solved.
Wow, Thank you so much. I though I tried every solution and nothing worked until this. Thank you so much.
Sometimes a faulty key on your laptop also causes this issue, so unplug the keyboard with help of a technician and see. In my case it was the keyboard, once that was replaced issue solved.
In order to get my PC to go back to sleep I had to:
1. Pause Windows Update
2. Stop Windows Update Service
3. Manually check for updates
At this point the update will run. Reboot after it is complete. Now your Windows will work normally until the next Windows update, then you get to repeat steps 1-3 in order to get your computer to sleep again.
My updates showed an optional KB4571744 in cue keeping it from sleep. Once I ‘optioned’ to download and install it sleeps fine.
After applying Fix 1 – powercgf cmd – I found that an incomplete print was my PC insomnia. So simple, yet so significant. Much appreciated, Oz
thanks for the “powercfg -requests” command. it showed my audio was streaming – but nothing was playing. turns out dischord was jacked up and preventing my pc from sleeping.
My Lenovo Yoga C740-15IML does not have the option Multimedia Sharing settings under the battery.
You led me right there. Thanks for publishing this troubleshooting guide!
Fix 3, step 5 – multimedia sharing settings to “Allow the computer to sleep” fixed it.
When I watch the inactivity timer in “Turn Off Monitor”, it resets to zero 4 minutes after last mouse activity, then every 4 minutes after.
There is also a burst of HDD activity.
What is causing this?
Thank you, it was very informative. In my case, it was the hybrid mode that was causing sleep to malfunction in Windows 10.
Thanks! It was my USB Mouse preventing my comp from sleeping!
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