How to Prevent a Windows PC From Going to Sleep

The sleep function in Windows 10 is useful. It’ll save you money on your electricity bill, help extend the life of your screen and hard drive, and prevent you from accidentally leaving your machine running for hours if you get distracted.

That said, it can also be annoying. I’m sure there have been occasions when you wish your computer hadn’t gone to sleep — perhaps you were downloading a large file or performing system maintenance tasks.
If you don’t want your computer to go to sleep automatically, Windows 10 makes it easy to turn the feature off.

Sleep vs. Hibernation

Before getting into the nitty gritty, let’s take a moment to understand what sleep mode is, which is often confused with hibernation mode.
Unlike hibernation mode, sleep mode will continue to draw a minimal amount of power. When it activates, all processes on the computer are effectively paused. Windows will store anything you have open in RAM. A press of any key will let you get back to your work in a matter of seconds.

Hibernation mode is largely the same, but anything you have open will temporarily be stored on the hard drive, and it uses no power. As such, it takes longer to resume working when waking your computer up again.

How to Disable Sleep Mode in Windows

If you’d rather your computer to remain on at all times, you can turn off sleep mode:
  1. Open the Start menu and go to the Settings app.
  2. Choose System.
  3. Select Power and Sleep in the left-hand column.
  4. Scroll down to the Sleep section.
  5. Set the drop-down menu under When plugged in, PC goes to sleep after to Never.

You can also change On battery power, PC goes to sleep after to Never, but it’s not recommended.


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