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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.

About the author: A Mechanical Design Engineer by profession, but passionate about Computers, software and anything that helps to learn something new or different. Love to do things which i don’t know and dive into unknown territories.

57 comments… add one
  • Tomeyro

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

  • Math3usd

    Thank’s man

  • Antony Kidis

    Helpful thanks for the post 🙂

  • Frost_ed

    thank you!!!

  • Navaleo

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

  • Rick

    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

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

  • Suseel_jacob

    Thanks for the help

  • dxm

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

  • persia

    thanks for the usefull post

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  • william76

    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

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

  • Dor

    Thank u )

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  • Neill

    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

    Extremly useful. Thank you so much

  • Rebarfab1

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

  • Michael

    Many Thanks

  • Pica


  • Lionscorp

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

  • mike dise

    thanks alot that helped me alot thank you

  • walter

    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

    thanx dude (^_^)

  • nitin


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  • david Kim

    thanks a lot!

  • Jan Buys

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

  • Nandu Abhi5

    Thanks man….. I owe you one.

  • Jonny B. Goode

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

  • Ti_anik2011

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

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  • walahat

    tnx for the info

  • Sk8 4life

    muchas gracias!! Thank you a lot.

  • anonymous

    thanks ;D

  • Helmi

    Thank you very much. I was so helpful.

  • AVIK

    thnk u …..
    thnk u

  • Ben

    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?

  • Mehran

    thanks really helpful

  • pat

    thanks mate

  • adi

    thanq u

  • Jamsheer

    Thanks Dear Avinash!

  • Ajay

    How to disable sleep mode for win 7 from registry

  • John Doe

    Thanks Bud worked perfect!

  • Michele

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

  • tbj

    Thanks for this information.

  • Thesamboyman

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

  • TheDevian

    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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