FIX: Sleep option is missing in Windows 10

By: Elsie Otachi
6 minute read
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Sleep is important for any system, whether it is your own body or your computer. So when you’re missing sleep option on your computer, it can be equally frustrating.  Some of the reasons why may not be able to put your computer to sleep include:

  • The sleep option is missing
  • The video card on your computer doesn’t support sleep
  • Your system administrator manages some settings
  • Sleep and other power-saving states are not enabled on your computer’s BIOS

If you already restarted your PC and installed the latest Windows 10 updates, yet the issue persists, follow the troubleshooting listed below to restore the missing sleep option in Windows 10.

How to fix missing sleep option in Windows 10

  1. Check Power options settings
  2. Check Chipset drivers
  3. Check which sleep states are available
  4. Reset and restore the power plans to default
  5. Make Group Policy changes
  6. Switch the account to a local account and then back to a Microsoft account
  7. Roll back the driver
  8. Update driver
  9. Uninstall and reinstall driver
  10. Perform a Clean Boot
  11. Perform a System Restore

Solution 1: Check Power options settings

  • Right click Start
  • Select Power Options

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Select Choose what the Power buttons do

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

 

  • Click Change settings that are currently unavailable

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Go to Shutdown settings

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Find Sleep and tick the box to Show in Power menu

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Click Save changes

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Restart your computer and check if sleep option is restored

Solution 2: Check Chipset drivers

Check the computer manufacturer’s website for an updated chipset driver that supports Windows 10. The new driver may include the Sleep option for Windows.

Solution 3: Check which sleep states are available

  • Click Start
  • Type cmd in the search box
  • Right click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Click Yes to confirm
  • At the prompt, type powercfg –a

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Press Enter. The available sleep states available will be displayed.

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

Solution 4: Reset and restore the power plans to default

  • Click Start
  • Type cmd in the search box
  • Right click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator
  • Click Yes to confirm
  • At the prompt, type powercfg –restoredefaultschemes and press Enter

This will reset the power plan settings to default. Any customized power plans will be removed, so check if you’re getting the sleep option after resetting the power settings.

Solution 5: Make Group Policy changes

Sometimes when there’s a missing sleep option in Windows 10, you may find that there are Group Policy changes that need to be made to restore the option.

  1. Right click Start
  2. Select Run
  3. Type gpedit.msc
  4. Click OK
  5. Type User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesStart Menu and Taskbar
  6. Double click Remove and Prevent access to the Shut Down command
  7. Select Disabled
  8. Double click Change Start Menu power button
  9. Select Enabled
  10. Choose Shutdown

Solution 6: Switch the account to a local account and then back to a Microsoft account

Creating a new user account may also work, but you can try switching to a local account and back to a Microsoft account and see if it makes any changes.

  • Click Start
  • Select Settings

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Click Accounts

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Go to Your account

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Click Sign in with a local account instead and follow the instructions to create the local account
  • Once you’re signed in through a local account, go to Settings>Accounts>Your email and accounts and sign in with a Microsoft account instead
  • Enter your Microsoft account credentials during the setup

Solution 7: Roll back the driver

  • Right click Start
  • Select Device Manager

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Select Sound Video and Game controllers and click to expand the list then choose the graphics/video card.

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Right click the on graphics/video card, and then select Properties.

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

 

  • In Properties, select the Driver tab

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Select Roll Back Driver, then follow the prompts

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

If the button is unavailable, that means there’s no driver to roll back to.

Solution 8: Update driver

An outdated or incompatible network adapter driver is one of the causes when your USB WiFi adapter is not connecting to the internet. If you recently had a Windows 10 upgrade, most likely the current driver was for a previous version. Check if an updated driver is available by doing the following:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Device Manager

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Select Display Adapters and click to expand the list then check for the adapter name

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Right click on the name of your adapter and select Update Driver Software

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Select Search automatically for updated driver software

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Restart your computer see if it fixes the USB WiFi adapter is not connecting to the internet issue

If you don’t have any driver updates available, right click on the graphics card driver and click Uninstall, then restart your computer.

Update drivers from Windows Update:

  • Click Start
  • Select Settings
  • Select Update & Security
  • Select Windows Update

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Click Check for updates

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

Update drivers from manufacturer’s website

Go to the card’s manufacturer website, check for the latest Windows 10 drivers available and then install it based on the instructions on the website.

  • Right click Start
  • Select Device Manager

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Expand the Sound, Video and game controllers option

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Right click on the graphics/video card
  • Click Update driver software

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

 

  • Restart your computer

Solution 9: Uninstall and reinstall driver

Driver files should be uninstalled before you update to newer drivers, or when removing an older graphics/video card and replacing with a new one. Here’s how to uninstall drivers from your system:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Control Panel

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Click Programs icon

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Select the name of your Display Drivers
  • Click Change/Remove or Add/Remove button
  • Confirm that you wish to continue with the uninstall
  • Once driver files have uninstalled, restart your computer to complete uninstallation
  • Turn on your computer and reinstall the graphics/video card driver

Solution 10: Perform a Clean Boot

Performing a clean boot for your computer reduces conflicts related to software that can bring up the root causes of sleep option missing in Windows 10. These conflicts can be caused by applications and services that start up and run in the background whenever you start Windows normally.

  • Log on as administrator
  • Go to the search box
  • Type msconfig

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Select System Configuration
  • Find Services tab

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Select Hide all Microsoft services box

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Click Disable all

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Go to Startup tab
  • Click Open Task Manager

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Close Task manager then click Ok
  • Reboot your computer

You will have a clean boot environment after all these steps are carefully followed, after which you can try and check if the sleep option is restored.

Solution 11: Perform a System Restore

If you get a Windows 10 browser not working problem on your computer, use System Restore to create restore points using the steps below and see if it helps:

  • Click Start
  • Go to the search field box and type System Restore
  • Click Create a restore point in the list of search results

Missing Sleep option in Windows 10

  • Enter your administrator account password or grant permissions if prompted to
  • In the System Restore dialog box, click Choose a different restore point
  • Click Next
  • Click a restore point created before you experienced the problem
  • Click Next
  • Click Finish

Restoring doesn’t affect your personal files. It however removes apps, drivers and updates installed after the restore point was created.

Did any of these solutions work? Drop your comment in the section below and let us know your experience.

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