How to Fix Computer Won’t Go to Sleep Issue

Last updated on August 31, 2018 by Roland Goodman

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How to Fix Computer Won’t Go to Sleep Issue

Sleep Mode is particularly useful when you are leaving your computer for a short break. It lets you put the system in a low power mode, allowing you to get back to where you left later on. With computer sleep mode you can save a lot of electricity and you will not have to wait for your computer to boot up every single time. Even if your battery is running low you won’t have to worry about losing your work as the system will automatically save them all before it turns off. For most PC and laptops, you can enter the sleep mode by pressing the shutdown button or closing the lid of your laptop. If you are experiencing difficulties while trying to put your Windows computer to sleep, you must have already typed “computer won’t sleep” into Google. This article will offer several solutions for you to troubleshoot such issue. Read on to learn how to fix computer won’t go to sleep issues in Windows 10 and earlier versions.

Troubleshooting for computer won't go to sleep in Windows 10

If you’re experiencing the Windows 10 sleep problem, you can follow the steps below to fix the computer won’t sleep in Windows 10 issue.

Step1 Change Advanced Power Settings

If you will upgrade to Windows 10, it will add a setting that won’t allow your PC device to go to sleep mode when playing media files. The only way to change it is by accessing the multimedia settings and toggle that option, so that your PC device can go to sleep mode. It can be one of the reasons why your Windows 10 won’t go to sleep mode. To access multimedia settings, click “Start” button, select “Settings” and go to “Power & sleep”. Now click on “Additional power settings”. Next, click “Change plan setting”, and click the “Change advanced power settings” button at the bottom part of the window. The “Power options” window will appear. Locate “Multimedia settings” on the list and click the small plus icon next to it. After that, few options will appear and choose “When sharing media” option. Click the highlihgted words and choose “Allow the computer to sleep” to enable the device to go to sleep mode.

change multimedia setting

Step2 Check Conflicting Peripherals

Sometimes, installed external hardwares prevents the PC device from going to sleep mode. External hardwares like mouse, keyboards, are fine and don’t normally cause problems. But things such as webcam and printers and affect the sleep mode function of your PC device. Also, if you have a CD or DVD ROM installed, make sure that it don’t have any disc inside if not in use.

cd drive peripheral

Step3 Restore Power Settings to Default

Sometimes, you unknowingly change the setting by accidentally clicking a pop up window. Or better yet, after a system update, some settings are automatically changed to complement the new update. To set the sleep time of the device, click Start and go to “Settings”. Click on “Systems” and then “Power & sleep”. Now set the time of sleep from the list that will appear. To reset the Power plan setting, click Start, then open the Settings window and select “Power and Sleep”. Now, in the top-right corner, select “Additional power settings”. In the left pane, select “Change when the computer sleeps” and click “Restore default settings for this plan”. Save the changes at last.

restore default value

Step4 Scan for Viruses

Although it’s rare, viruses and malware may result in Windows 10 not going to sleep. One way to eliminate these threats is to run a deep scan using an anti-virus software. The other way is by using the built-in Windows Defender. To access the tool, click Start and search for “Windows Defender”. Click on Windows Defender from the results. Now, under the “Quick scan” button click on “Advanced scan”. Choose Windows Defender Offline scan and hit Scan now.

scan for viruses

Troubleshooting For Older Versions of Windows

When you try to enter sleep mode on a computer running Windows 8 or an earlier version, you may encounter the following issues. Along with that, are some troubleshooting methods to try that might fix the issue.

  • Computer immediately wakes up when put into sleep mode.
  • The PC device won’t enter sleep mode at all.
  • Step1 Change Power Plan Settings

    Go to system settings and choose Power and Sleep option. Set the sleep timer to your preference. Next click “Change advanced power settings”. Now to disable the wake up timers, which will prevent the PC device from waking up from sleep automatically, expand the “Sleep” option then expand the “Allow waker timer”. Now select “Disable” for the two options which are “On battery” and “Plugged in”.

    change power plan

    Step2 Allow Computer to Sleep When Sharing Media

    In the “Power options” window (see the above steps to access it), first expand “Multimedia Settings” then under that use the drop down panel for both On battery and Plugged in options to select allow computer to sleep. This will enable the PC device to enter sleep mode when idle while playing media files.

    change multimedia setting


    Having to use the PC for others is a necessity, especially if they are using it for work. But it also needs time to rest, so is the user. To avoid the hassle of logging in every time you turn off the PC device, putting it in sleep mode is the best alternative, not only it saves you time from logging in, but also saves power. Now if your computer does not go to sleep, that would be a concern for others because it is not normal. Above mentioned are the ways to troubleshoot and try to fix the computer won’t sleep problem and hopefully they will of help. If you have faced similar problems before and have managed to solve them with a different method, please let us know in the comments section below.

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