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How to Stop Your Computer from Waking Up from Sleep

Is your computer waking up automatically right away? Here's tips on how to prevent your computer from constantly waking up from sleep.
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If your computer keeps waking up from sleep or immediately after you manually put it to sleep, it can be quite frustrating. There are several potential causes for this issue, and I’ll provide you with some troubleshooting steps to help you fix it:

Update drivers and firmware

Ensure that your computer’s drivers and firmware are up to date. Visit the manufacturer’s website or use automatic driver update software to check for any available updates.

Check power settings

Review your power settings and make sure that nothing is set to wake the computer.

Here’s how:

  • Press the Windows key + X and select “Power Options.”
  • Click on “Change plan settings” next to your selected power plan.
  • Select “Change advanced power settings.”
  • Expand the “Sleep” section and then the “Allow wake timers” option.
  • Set both “On battery” and “Plugged in” to “Disable.”
  • Save the changes and restart your computer.

Disable wake timers

Wake timers are features that can wake up your computer for scheduled tasks. Disabling them might resolve the issue.

Here’s how:

  • Press the Windows key + X and select “Edit power plan.”
Edit power plan
  • Click on “Change plan settings” next to your selected power plan.
Change plan settings
  • Select “Change advanced power settings.”
Change advanced power settings
  • Expand the “Sleep” section and then the “Allow wake timers” option.
Allow wake timers
  • Set both “On battery” and “Plugged in” to “Disable.”
Allow wake timers disabled
  • Save the changes and restart your computer.

Disable network adapters waking the computer

Network adapters can sometimes cause the computer to wake up.

To disable this feature:

  • Right-click on the Start menu and select “Device Manager.”
  • Expand the “Network Adapters” section.
  • Right-click on your network adapter and select “Properties.”
  • Go to the “Power Management” tab.
  • Uncheck the box that says “Allow this device to wake the computer.”
  • Click “OK” to save the changes.

Check for external devices

External devices, such as keyboards or mice, can accidentally wake up the computer. Disconnect any external devices and see if the issue persists.

Disable scheduled tasks

Disable scheduled tasks: Scheduled tasks might be set to wake up your computer.

To disable them:

  • Press the Windows key + X and select “Task Scheduler.”
  • Expand the folders to reach “Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > UpdateOrchestrator.”
  • Disable any task that has the “Wake the computer to run this task” option enabled.

Check for malware

Malware can sometimes cause unexpected behaviour on a computer. Run a thorough scan with a reliable antivirus program to ensure your system is free from malware.

Update BIOS

If none of the above steps resolve the issue, consider updating your computer’s BIOS. Visit your computer manufacturer’s website and download the latest BIOS update for your model. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer to update the BIOS.

By following these steps, you should be able to troubleshoot and fix the issue of your computer waking up from sleep or immediately after putting it to sleep.

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