Microsoft’s Windows OS is the market’s most popular computer operating system. Nearly every laptop or PC you find in homes or offices will presumably have Microsoft Windows installed. But at times you may face issues. In this article, let us explore one such issue Windows 10 sleeps after 1 minute.
Until the late release of Windows 11, Windows 10 was the most recent version of Microsoft’s flagship software product. As a result, many PCs continue to run on Windows 10, which was first released in 2015. While, for the most part, it is full of unique and accessible features, it is also vulnerable to bugs and glitches. One of the most common issues with Windows 10 that people face is their PC automatically going to sleep mode after one or two minutes, despite changing the sleep timer. This can be an inconvenience as one has to constantly keep their PC from sleeping which hinders productivity, especially when someone is sharing a presentation during a meeting.
At times you might have noticed your computer goes to sleep even when set not to windows 10. It might be because of the hibernation mode, the screensaver settings, or any other unknown problems. This issue is often noticed among users, but there are various ways to fix it. So, read this article to know all the fixes for the issue.
Best 3 Fixes For Windows 10 Sleeps After 1 Minute
To solve this issue, here are three ways to tweak some internal settings inside the OS and keep your PC active as long as you want.
Use Registry Editor
You can use the registry editor feature built inside windows to set the sleep bug. To do that, follow these steps:
- Go to your desktop page, press the START button on your keyboard, and type “regedit” in the search bar. Select “Registry Editor” and open it.
- Double click on the path tab below “File” and enter the following path and hit enter: Computer/HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\238C9FA8-0AAD-41ED-83F4-97BE242C8F20\7bc4a2f9-d8fc-4469-b07b-33eb785aaca0
- Now, inside the tab on the right, double click on “Attributes,” change the “Value data” from “1” to “2,” and click OK.
- Close the Registry Editor, hit START again, search for “Power Plan,” and hit ENTER.
- In the Power Plan settings, select “Change plan settings” for the selected power plan. (In most cases, the default power plan is “Balanced”) In the following menu, click on “change advanced power settings,” which will open a dialog box shown below.
- Expand the “Hard Disk” section and increase the “Turn off hard disk after” to a longer duration, for example, 20 minutes for both “On Battery” and “Plugged in” options.
- Next, scroll down to the Sleep tab and set a longer duration for the “sleep after” section as well, and click on “Apply” and then on “OK.”
This should allow your PC to stay active, avoid sleep mode for longer than 1 minute, and fix the issue of Windows 10 sleeps after 1 minute. If this does not fix it, don’t worry! Check out the next solution.
Changing Screen Saver Settings
Another way to fix the windows ten sleep issue is by tweaking the settings for a screen saver. The screen saver is a feature that allows you to select an image or video displayed when your PC has been idle for a particular duration. Here’s how to fix the sleep issue through screen saver settings.
- On the desktop, press START and type “screensaver” and click on “Change screen saver” in the search results.
- This will open a dialog box with screen saver settings, and inside it, ensure that the screen saver is set to “(None)” and uncheck the “On resume, display logon screen” option.
If you are fond of the screensaver option and want to keep one, ensure that the “Wait” time in the settings is set to longer than “1 min,” like 20 minutes. This will ensure that your PC stays active for longer before deciding that it is idle and showing the screensaver.
This screensaver tweak also fixes the sleep issue in most cases. If this does not help you with the problem, there is still one more solution to go!
Use Command Prompt
In most Windows PCs, the sleep timeout option is unavailable inside the power plan settings. This solution will add the “sleep timeout” option in Power Plan settings through Command Prompt. Don’t worry. The command prompt might sound intimidating at first, but if you follow the steps given below as it is, you’ll be done with the fix in no time. (Have some feel of a pseudo coder while you’re at it!)
- Bring up the START menu and type “command prompt” in the search bar. Select “Run as Administrator” to open.
- In the command prompt dialogue box, enter the following text and hit enter: powercfg -attributes SUB_SLEEP 7bc4a2f9-d8fc-4469-b07b-33eb785aaca0 -ATTRIB_HIDE
- After the command executes, you must close the command prompt, open the “change advanced settings” dialog box in the power plan menu, and expand the Sleep tab. You will notice that an additional option is now available: “System Unattended Sleep Timeout.”
- Expand the option and increase the duration mentioned there to a longer one, like 20 minutes or 30 minutes. This will ensure that the system will only attempt to go into sleep mode. It can be for 20 or 30 minutes after being left unattended. This will fix the sleep mode issue on Windows 10.
These are the three most straightforward ways you can fix the Windows 10 sleeps after 1 minute, and I hope these solutions prove helpful so that you, the user, enjoy a smoother and seamless windows experience.
Dale Fox is an Editor, helping people get the most out of their technology. He’s been a tech nerd ever since childhood, when he used the money from his first job as a paperboy to buy a subscription to GamesMaster magazine, and has a whole room at home dedicated as a shrine to the countless gadgets he’s purchased over the decades. Dale was previously a presenter, reporter and editor in China, where he also worked as a copywriter for OnePlus at its Shenzhen HQ.