Fix: PC won’t exit Sleep Mode

By: Ivan Jenic
3 minute read

Maintaining your power consumption when not using PC is the oldest trait of Microsoft-based platforms. There are two main low-power modes on your Windows PC: Sleep and Hibernate. The third is introduced with Windows Vista and it is called Hybrid Sleep. Hybrid Sleep takes benefits of both options.

While the sleep mode extremely useful for preserving energy and good state of PC hardware, it appears that there are some issues. More than a few users reported that after PC is put to ‘sleep’, they had troubles starting it back. A problem mostly occurs on laptops with the automatic sleep option enabled, albeit, there are some cases of this problem on the desktop configurations.

In case you’re experiencing this issue, we’ve enlisted a few possible solutions that are worth trying.

What to do if PC won’t exit from sleep mode

Change Sleep options for mouse and keyboard

Mouse and keyboard are the only connection to your PC’s interface. On some occasions, they are the reason for malfunctioning Sleep mode. To make sure mouse and keyboard are not involved with the issue, follow this instruction (this is the case with USB devices, PS/2 ones are not included):

  1. In Windows Search write Device Manager
  2. Select and in the list of devices, find your mouse and keyboard.
  3. Bring out the drop-down list and select properties for each respectively.
  4. In the Power Managment card, check ”Allow the the computer to turn off the device to preserve power” box.sleep mode problem windows 10
  5. Then check ”Allow the device to wake the computer” box.

This will solve the issue if the reason is somehow related to mouse and keyboard. If mouse and keyboard are not the cause, try some of the solutions listed below.

Change your Power Settings from Sleep to Hibernate

In some cases, Hibernate option is a great substitution for malfunctioning Sleep. So, we ‘ll show you the way to completely exclude Sleep option and try with Hibernate.  We presented it step-by-step.

  1. In Search Windows bar type Power.
  2. Open Power & Sleep.
  3. In the Sleep section select Never.sleep mode problem windows 10 2
  4. Once you’ve done that, open Additional Power Settings.
  5. Select your active Power plan and enter Change plan settings.
  6. Then click Change advanced power settings.
  7. In list find Sleep option and expand it.
  8. Make sure Sleep is set to never and select the preferred time for Hibernate.sleep mode problem windows 10 3
  9. Choose OK to save settings.

This should make your PC go into hibernation instead in sleep mode.

If you want to place it manually and the Hibernate option is missing from the Start Power Button, do as follow.

  1. In Search Windows bar type Power.
  2. Open Power & Sleep.
  3. Choose Additional Power Settings.
  4. On the left click Choose what the power buttons do.
  5. Switch the Sleep button option from Sleep to Hibernate.
  6. Click Change settings that are currently unavailable.
  7. Uncheck Sleep and check Hibernate.
  8. Save changes.

This will add the Hibernate option to the Start Power Button.

Additional Tips

There are a few more options that you should check out, just to be sure that your problem is not caused by them:

  • Hardware, especially monitor. Faulty monitor can be a cause of your Sleep mode malfunctioning
  • Update your BIOS. Outdated BIOS can be a problem, especially when updating an older machine to a Windows 10.
  • Update or reinstall your GPU drivers. Faulty drivers will make the confusion in the system.
  • If you are using a laptop, try disabling Intel Rapid Start Technology (IRST) in your BIOS Power settings. Windows 10 Deep sleep option is not available for older configurations and may cause issues.

We hope these tips will help you to overcome your problems. If you are having some other solutions for this problem, please inform us in the comments section.


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