Fix: Windows 8, 10 Wakes up From Sleep on its Own

By: Marian Cularea
6 minute read

Does your Windows 8 or Windows 10 device wake up from sleep mode on its own? In that case you will see first hand how to fix the sleep mode issue of your device if it wakes up on its own only by following the lines posted below.

The “Sleep Mode” mode feature can malfunction in Windows 8 or Windows 10 for different kinds of reasons like a virus infection, an app you are trying to use that prevents your Windows 8, 10 device from using the sleep mode properly or perhaps it is a driver from a hardware component. The tutorial posted below will tell us how we got this issue as well as how we can fix it in just a few minutes.

Windows 10 wakes from sleep automatically, here’s how to fix it

Although this is an annoying problem, many users reported the following issues as well:

  • Computer wakes from sleep automatically – Many users reported that their computer wakes from sleep on its own. This can be a big problem, but you should be able to fix it by using one of our solutions.
  • Ethernet waking up computer – Sometimes your Ethernet connection can wake up your PC without your knowledge. However, you can fix this problem simply by changing few settings.
  • Windows wakes from sleep by itself – Many users reported that their Windows PC wakes by itself. This problem occurs on all versions of Windows, including Windows 10, 8 and 7.
  • Desktop, laptop wakes from sleep – According to users, this problem can occur on both desktop and laptop PCs. However, the same solutions apply to laptop and desktop PCs.
  • PC wakes from sleep instantly – Few users reported that their PC wakes up instantly. This is probably caused by a third-party application running in the background.
  • Hard disk wakes from sleep – In some rare cases your hard disk can wake up your PC from sleep. To fix this problem, you need to find and disable your scheduled tasks.

Solution 1 – Prevent your devices from waking up the PC

Sometimes your PC can wake up randomly because of your keyboard or mouse. These devices can wake up your PC, but you can prevent them from waking up your PC by doing the following:

  1. In the Search bar enter device manager. Select Device Manager from the list of results.
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  2. Locate your mouse on the list and double click it to open its properties.
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  3. Left click or tap on the Power Management tab. You will need to uncheck the box next to Allow this device to wake my computer. Now left click or tap on the OK button.
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  4. Close all the windows you opened so far.
  5. Reboot the Windows 8 or Windows 10 device.
  6. Place the Windows 8, 10 devices into sleep mode and see if you still have this issue.

Keep in mind that you might have to repeat these steps for other input devices in order to fix this problem.


Solution 2 – Prevent network adapter from waking up your PC

If the previous solution didn’t fix your problem, you might want to prevent your network adapter from waking up your PC. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Device Manager, expand the Network adapters section and double click your network adapter to open its properties. Note: If you find more adapters there you will need to do the same steps for all of them.
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  2. In the Properties window left click on the Power Management tab. Uncheck all checkboxes and click on OK to save changes.
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  3. Check and see if you still have the same sleep mode issue now.

Solution 3 – Use lastwake command

  1. In the search box you have there you will need to type Cmd without the quotes.
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  2. Press and hold the buttons Ctrl, Shift and Enter to start Command Prompt as administrator.
  3. If you are prompted by a user account controls window left click or tap on the Yes button.
  4. In the Command Prompt window you will need to write powercfg –lastwake  and press Enter to run it.
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  5. It will show you which device woke up your Windows 8, Windows 10 operating system last time.
  6. Now write in the Command Prompt window the following command: powercfg -devicequery wake_armed and press Enter to run it.
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  7. Now it will display the devices that can wake up your computer from sleep mode and you will only need to go and disable this feature as you did in the options above.

Solution 4 – Check your scheduled tasks

If Windows 10 wakes from sleep, you might be able to fix the problem by checking your scheduled tasks. To do that, you just need to do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter tasks. Select Task Scheduler from the list of results.
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  2. In the left pane, navigate to Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > UpdateOrchestrator. In the right pane, double click on Reboot.
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  3. When the new window opens, go to Conditions tab. Now uncheck Wake the computer to run this task option and click on OK. If you want, you can uncheck all other options as well.

Some users are also suggesting to disable this task completely. To do that, just do the following:

  1. Locate Reboot task in Task Scheduler, right click it and choose Disable from the menu.
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  2. After doing that, go to C:\\Windows\\System32\\Tasks\\Microsoft\\Windows\\UpdateOrchestrator directory.
  3. Now locate Reboot file, right click it and choose Properties from the menu.
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  4. Check Read-only option and click on Apply and OK to save changes.
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Users reported that other tasks in UpdateOrchestrator section in Task Scheduler can cause this issue to appear. To fix the problem, navigate to UpdateOrchestrator in Task Scheduler and check the conditions of each task.

If any task is set to wake up your PC, be sure to disable the wake up option and check if that helps. Third-party applications can also schedule their tasks, and users reported issues with McAfee, so if you’re using this tool be sure to check its tasks and settings.

Another task that can wake up your PC is Media Center. However, you can disable it by going to the Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows in Task Scheduler. Now select Media Center from the list and check all of its tasks. If any task is set to wake up your PC, be sure to disable the wake up privilege for that task.

After you disable this task from waking up your PC, the issue should be resolved and your PC won’t wake up on its own anymore.


Solution 5 – Use Command Prompt

If your Windows 10 wakes from sleep, you might have a task or application that is waking it automatically. However, you can check for applications that can wake up your PC by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the list.
  2. Now enter powercfg /waketimers in Command Prompt.
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  3. Now you should see the list of apps that can wake up your PC.

To stop your PC from waking up, simply find those apps and change their configuration or remove them from your PC. Users reported that Verizon apps, Go To Meeting app and Teamweaver can cause this problem, so be sure to disable them.


Solution 6 – Disable UvoSvc service

If your Windows 10 wakes from sleep frequently, the problem might be UsoSvc service. However, you can disable it by doing the following:

  1. Open Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Enter the following commands:
    • sc stop “UsoSvc”
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    • sc config “UsoSvc” start= disabled
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After running these two commands the issue should be resolved.


Solution 7 – Modify your registry

If Windows 10 wakes from sleep on its own, the problem might be related to your registry. However, you can fix it by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter regedit. Press Enter or click OK.
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  2. In the left pane, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\CurrentVersion\\Winlogon. In the right pane, double click PowerdownAfterShutdown.
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  3. Set Value data to 1 and click on OK to save changes.
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After doing that, the problem should be completely resolved.

There you go, a few easy options that will fix your Windows 8, Windows 10 device and prevent the sleep mode feature from reacting like this. You can also write us below for any additional questions regarding this subject and we will help you in the shortest time possible.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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