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Old 01-28-2011, 12:57 PM   #1
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How do I prevent windows from going into sleep mode when no one is logged in? The Power Options in the Control Panel only affects the user that is logged in. I tried going into the registry and changing the power setting for the Default user (always on), but it is still going to sleep. It’s funny that computers going to sleep are causing me to loose sleep.

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Try setting all users (including administrator) power options to not allow the computer to go to sleep at all.

I didn't think Windows followed a power option scheme when no one is logged in.

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It could be a power option from BIOS?

Is the computer shutting down or just the monitor?

Do you know it's exact status? Is it Hibernating, on Standby or what?
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Try setting all users (including administrator) power options to not allow the computer to go to sleep at all.

I didn't think Windows followed a power option scheme when no one is logged in.
Hmm, I never thought of that. I'll give it a try and report back.
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It could be a power option from BIOS?

Is the computer shutting down or just the monitor?

Do you know it's exact status? Is it Hibernating, on Standby or what?
I checked the BIOS. It's not enabled there.

The computer is going into Standby.
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Start>Control Panel>Power Options.

You should be able to just disable all of it here. If this doesn't work, you have something very odd happening.
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Hmm, I never thought of that. I'll give it a try and report back.
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Try setting all users (including administrator) power options to not allow the computer to go to sleep at all.

I didn't think Windows followed a power option scheme when no one is logged in.
Well, this worked.

The computer has three user accounts. The built in Administrator, a second administrator level account (this is the account that Windows XP makes you setup when installing it) and a limited user. Both the Administrator and the limited user’s power schemes where set to Always On. It was the second account with administrative privilege that was the culprit. Its power scheme was set to Home/Office Desk and was putting the computer in standby after two hours. I changed the power scheme to Always On and poof, problem solved. I was able to reproduce this on a second computer that did not the problem to confirm it.

Thanks to Coolfreak and Jennifer Blue for the assistance.
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Awesome news! Now that I think about it, I would assume the main level Admin account would be the account the computer would follow.

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