Windows 10 wakes up from sleep on its own [QUICK SOLUTIONS]

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  • The Sleep Mode mode feature can malfunction for a lot of reasons like a virus infection or an app you are trying to use that prevents your Windows 10 device from using the sleep mode properly. Another problem could be a malfunctioning driver from a hardware component.
  • The first step is to prevent the devices connected to your device from waking up the PC. Sometimes even your keyboard or mouse can do that. You can prevent them from waking up your PC using Device Manager.
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How to fix Windows 10 wakes up from sleep on its own

Does your 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 10 for different kinds of reasons.

Virus infection, an app you are trying to use that prevents your Windows 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. 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 a 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 laptops 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.
  1. Prevent your devices from waking up the PC
  2. Prevent network adapter from waking up your PC
  3. Use lastwake command
  4. Check your scheduled tasks
  5. Use Command Prompt
  6. Disable UvoSvc service
  7. Modify your registry

What can I do if Windows 10 wakes from sleep automatically?

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.
    device manager search Windows 10 wakes up from sleep on its own
  2. Locate your mouse on the list and double click it to open its properties.
    HID compliant mouse device manager PC wakes itself automatically
  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.
    mouse power management PC wakes automatically
  4. Close all the windows you opened so far.
  5. Reboot the Windows 10 device.
  6. Place the Windows 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 to fix this problem.

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.
    network adapter device manager Windows 10 PC wakes up on its own
  2. In the Properties window left click on the Power Management tab. Uncheck all checkboxes and click on OK to save changes.
    allow the computer to turn off this device to save power network adapter computer wakes up from sleep
  3. Check and see if you still have the same sleep mode issue now.

If you have any Network adapter problems, you can easily solve them by following the simple steps in this useful guide. Bookmark it to always be prepared for any adapter issues.

3. Use lastwake command

  1. In the search box, you have there you will need to type cmd.
    command prompt search results Windows 10 wakes up from sleep automatically
  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.
    powercfg –lastwake cmd PC won't stay in Sleep Mode
  5. It will show you which device woke up your 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.
    powercfg -devicequery wake_armed Windows 10 PC won't stay in sleep mode
  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.

If you want to know all the Windows 10 shell commands, be sure to check out this useful article.

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.
    task scheduler PC wakes up automatically
  2. In the left pane, navigate to Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > UpdateOrchestrator. In the right panel, double click on Reboot.
    Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > UpdateOrchestrator PC wakes up from sleep
  3. When the new window opens, go to the Conditions tab. Now uncheck Wake the computer to run this task option and click on OK. If you want, you can uncheck all the other options as well.
    uncheck Wake the computer to run this task under Conditions tab

Your user account doesn’t have permission to disable a task in Task Scheduler? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.


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

  1. Locate the Reboot task in Task Scheduler, right-click it and choose Disable from the menu.
    reboot disable in task scheduler update orchestator windows 10 wakes up from sleep
  2. After doing that, go to C:WindowsSystem32TasksMicrosoftWindowsUpdateOrchestrator directory.
  3. Now locate the Reboot file, right-click it and choose Properties from the menu.
    Computer wakes from sleep automatically reboot properties
  4. Check Read-only option and click on Apply and OK to save changes.
    reboot config script PC wakes up from sleep

Users reported that other tasks in the 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.

If you want to completely uninstall McAfee, check out this dedicated guide that will show you how to do it.

If you’re worried about leaving your PC unprotected, find out in this article why Windows Defender is the only malware protection you need.

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.

If you’re looking for some Task Scheduler alternatives, take a look at this list with the best task scheduler software available today.


Task Scheduler isn’t working on your Windows 10 PC? Solve the problem easily with the help of this awesome guide.


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.
    command prompt powercfg /waketimers Windows 10 won't stay in sleep mode
  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.


If you’re having trouble accessing Command Prompt as an admin, then you better take a closer look at this guide.


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
      sc stop "UsoSvc" cmd windows 10 wakes up from sleep mode
    • sc config UsoSvc start= disabled
      sc config "UsoSvc" start= disabled Windows 10 PC wakes up automatically

After running these two commands the issue should be resolved.

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.
    regedit run PC won't stay in sleep mode
  2. In the left panel, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon. In the right panel, double click PowerdownAfterShutdown.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon
  3. Set Value data to 1 and click on OK to save changes.
    PowerdownAfterShutdown dword value to 1

After doing that, the problem should be completely resolved.


Can’t access the Registry Editor? Check out this guide and solve the issue quickly.


There you go, a few easy options that will fix your Windows 10 device and prevent the sleep mode feature from reacting like this.

Also, we’ve covered a similar subject regarding laptop sleep in this article, so be sure to check it out.

You can also write us below for any additional questions regarding this subject and we will help you in the shortest time possible.

FAQ: Read more about automatic wake up of Windows 10

  • How do I stop Windows 10 from automatically waking up?

Turn off Wake timers and use the lastwake command. If you find this too complicated, follow our excellent guide on fixing this problem.

  • How do I change the Wake Up settings in Windows 10?
To create wake times, go to Change advanced power settings. There you can set up and modify events and times to automatically wake up your computer.
  • How do I wake up my computer from hibernation?
To wake your computer from Sleep or Hibernation, all you need to do is to short-press the power button. If that doesn’t work, read our comprehensive guide to solve the problem.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • Number 4 in Windows 10 1803 is no longer valid. The system tasks are no longer possible change or disable via task scheduler. A possible work around however is open %windir%System32TasksMicrosoftWindowsUpdateOrchestrator folder, rename Reboot file to Reboot_old and then create a new folder with name Reboot

  • Yep, the annoying default to letting any mouse-movement wake up the computer. I knew that was an issue when I’d shut down the Win10 box and as I got up and walked away it started up again once I started walking on the floor. Any floor vibration moved the optical mouse/table enough to wake the system. Wake on mouse should really be OFF by default, but apparently not. I had 2 HID mouse devices in the device console to turn off.

  • I am using WIndows 10. Tried option #2, and it worked. Thanks for supplying the solution to a very frustrating problem.

  • Wake History Count – 1
    Wake History [0]
    Wake Source Count – 1
    Wake Source [0]
    Type: Unknown (3)

    I cannot identify which device wake my PC.

    • In my case, it’s Windows Update waking the computer up to install updates. At 3:30am.

      I worked out how to turn this off in Windows 8.1 but I’ve since forgotten. This article didn’t help but I’m going to continue to google. Hope this is also the issue you have because it’s a simple fix…if I can remember it =P

      • This works for any version of Windows since XP up to Win 10:

        1) Go to Control Panel (you should know how to get there by now)
        2) Click “Hardware and Sound”
        3) Click “Power Options”
        4) Click “Change Plan Settings” (at the Preferred plan where you have the button box ticked on, which is your current one)
        5) Click “Change Advanced Power Settings” (it’s a sentence in blue text)
        6) Click “+Sleep” to expand the menu
        7) Click “+Allow Wake Timers”
        8) Click on the box that says “Setting” and choose “Disable”

        =No hardware or software can auto turn on your PC ever again, as long as these settings are in place.

          • I finally solved the problem by unchecking in Device Manager every item that could wake the computer and also the “wake on pattern match” in network adapters as shown in Heather’s link below, and by changing the registry value as suggested somewhere in this thread.