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How to disable Auto Sleep mode in Windows 7

Windows 7 brings lot of new features and changes in the way Windows work. One of the features which though isn’t new is the auto sleep mode in which the system gets in sleep mode after 10 minutes. This particular feature was giving me troubles yesterday when i was trying to download Microsoft office 2010 beta profession plus.

As my Internet connection is not so fast and the file was around 700 mb , so i just started the download and switched off the monitor and went to sleep. But when i returned back to system after 6-7 hours, i found the download just got paused after 10 minutes, the reason being auto sleep  mode. The system went into sleep mode when i left it.


To disable it or change its configuration, Navigate to Control pane l>> Power options. Then you will see the option of selecting the power plan. By default, The “Balanced” option is checked.


Just on right side of it, click on “Change plan settings”.


In the settings, just change the time when you want the computer to sleep. You can change it to “Never” if you want to disable it fully. Otherwise change to a value suitable to you e.g. 1 hour, 2 hour etc.


Save your settings and you are done. Now the computer can download your big files even if you are not on it.

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  • Tomeyro September 9, 2010, 9:15 PM

    Oh Thanks!! I was trying to download something and I had to keep pressing the space bar all the time! xD Lol!

  • Math3usd September 24, 2010, 10:34 PM

    Thank’s man

  • Antony Kidis October 18, 2010, 3:45 AM

    Helpful thanks for the post 🙂

  • Frost_ed October 22, 2010, 3:35 AM

    thank you!!!

  • Navaleo December 7, 2010, 6:43 PM

    Thanks!! Я увесь час вмикю Вінамп з музикою по колу, щоб ком не спав))))))))

  • Rick December 9, 2010, 1:48 AM

    This was awesome… just one thing. I couldn’t find “Power Options” until I figured out to see control panel in large or small icons. Not a biggie but its worth noting for people who would otherwise get lost on the first step 🙂

  • Edu_bolivar December 13, 2010, 8:42 AM

    vlw amigo sua dica me ajudou num problema aki
    mt util pra min

  • Suseel_jacob December 14, 2010, 10:16 AM

    Thanks for the help

  • dxm December 22, 2010, 6:54 PM

    AWEsome! Couldn’t get my Citrix remote desktop to work and now I know why! You saved me a day at the office…

  • persia December 27, 2010, 5:02 AM

    thanks for the usefull post

  • Guy December 29, 2010, 1:14 AM


  • william76 January 2, 2011, 9:15 AM

    problem is, we should not HAVE to disable sleep or extend sleep time frames… windows is smart enough to know when a process is running or not. If it wasn’t, having hdd drives power down from XP power saving profiles would’ve interrupted processes all of the time. Absolutely ridiculous

  • Rishad January 8, 2011, 6:57 PM

    Thank you very much…………i had also the same problem…….and thanks for the help

  • Dor January 11, 2011, 3:40 AM

    Thank u )

  • AS January 25, 2011, 9:51 AM


  • Neill January 29, 2011, 9:43 PM

    thanks it helps me a lot… i have similar thing happen, when im downloading a movie, i let my laptop download it cuz it takes 1 hour to finished it… just like u, when i returned, i’ve found the download just got paused after 10 minutes The system went into sleep mode when i left it… and when i want to continue the download, its said error… thats annoying but thanks to u i can shut this auto sleepy mode up so i can download happily…

  • Miss_rms February 18, 2011, 9:42 PM

    Extremly useful. Thank you so much

  • Rebarfab1 February 20, 2011, 4:04 AM

    Thank You VERY much. Auto-sleep was really messing things up for me.

  • Michael March 19, 2011, 1:38 AM

    Many Thanks

  • Pica March 22, 2011, 12:47 AM


  • Lionscorp March 29, 2011, 10:10 PM

    Thanks !! it was a great help had the same problem.

  • mike dise April 10, 2011, 10:54 PM

    thanks alot that helped me alot thank you

  • walter May 19, 2011, 5:33 PM

    en win7 seria : inicio/panel de control/ardware y sonido/opciones de energia/cambiar la frecuencia en que el equipo entra en estado de suspension.

  • rishabh May 31, 2011, 12:00 AM

    thanx dude (^_^)

  • nitin June 15, 2011, 8:09 PM


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  • david Kim July 3, 2011, 12:07 PM

    thanks a lot!

  • Jan Buys July 3, 2011, 3:27 PM

    Thanks a stack. You saved one computer from going through the window.

  • Nandu Abhi5 July 12, 2011, 7:36 AM

    Thanks man….. I owe you one.

  • Jonny B. Goode July 30, 2011, 9:18 PM

    Thanks for the instruction. As I’m an XP OS guy and at the moment HATE Windows 7, I appreciate the help!

  • Ti_anik2011 November 30, 2011, 11:09 AM

    Thank you Mr.Avinash, It’s really very helpful…

  • Greet December 12, 2011, 5:58 PM


  • walahat January 3, 2012, 12:38 PM

    tnx for the info

  • Sk8 4life January 23, 2012, 8:03 PM

    muchas gracias!! Thank you a lot.

  • anonymous February 5, 2012, 2:07 AM

    thanks ;D

  • Helmi February 16, 2012, 1:04 AM

    Thank you very much. I was so helpful.

  • AVIK May 17, 2012, 11:31 PM

    thnk u …..
    thnk u

  • Ben June 5, 2012, 9:14 PM

    I have all my sleep options set to never, yet after 10 minutes, it sleeps and goes to the screen I have to hit ctrl+alt+del to sign in.
    How can I change this?

    • Avinash June 6, 2012, 8:13 AM

      can you attach a screenshot of your power options?

  • Mehran June 16, 2012, 8:20 PM

    thanks really helpful

  • pat June 24, 2012, 2:36 AM

    thanks mate

  • adi July 11, 2012, 7:18 PM

    thanq u

  • Jamsheer August 25, 2012, 5:48 PM

    Thanks Dear Avinash!

  • Ajay August 30, 2012, 5:06 PM

    How to disable sleep mode for win 7 from registry

  • John Doe September 11, 2012, 1:32 PM

    Thanks Bud worked perfect!

  • Michele September 13, 2012, 4:58 AM

    Thank you! It was annoying when it kept going to sleep. Fixed now. :0)

  • tbj December 6, 2012, 5:54 PM

    Thanks for this information.

  • Thesamboyman December 30, 2012, 4:35 AM

    thanks it worked!!! My Planetside 2 didnt download overnight :/ but now it will!

  • TheDevian June 15, 2015, 7:06 AM

    knew all that, problem is, it didn’t work, computer is STILL gong to sleep… and you explaining the obvious to people, is preventing me from finding posts to the real problem.

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