How to stop computer from going to sleep

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if you need remote access to your computer for either yourself on the road or for your tech support to work on your computer, there are two things to disable.  one is the computer in general goes to sleep, the other is the hard drive shuts itself off.  I will show you how to disable both.

Another note is if you have a laptop there will be two options; on battery or plugged in.  If you have a desktop computer you will only see one option.  Below screen shots are for a laptop so it will show both options.

Instructions are for if you are on Windows 10.  You may find similar options on previous versions of Windows by starting slightly differently.

  1. Right click on your start button and click “Power Options”
  2. As per the below picture.  For sleep, ensure it is set to “Never” when plugged in.
  3. To access the hard drive option we need to click “Additional power settings” as per the image below
  4. You will then get the following.  Click on “Change plan settings” beside your power plan you are using.
  5. The next screen shot is what you should have.  It should already have your setting as “Never” for put the computer to sleep while plugged in.  Again, if you you are not using a laptop, you won’t have an “on battery” option.
  6. Click on “Change advanced power settings” and then you will be prompted with screen shot below.  Make sure under Hard disk -> “Turn off hard disk after” is set to “Never” when plugged in.  Just hit the down arrow until the number goes down to “zero” and becomes “Never”.
  7. Click OK and OK until you’re closed all windows and that’s it.

About Daniel Gauthier

work as a peace officer in various forms. Daniel wrote a book in 2009 called “Tech-Knowledgy” which got him on television and radio a few times. The concept behind the book was “to level the playing field between computer techs and non-techies so they don’t get take advantage of”.
Daniel has a couple certifications including MCP and A+; he is preparing to write the Network+ exam and has studied CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and CHFI (Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator). Daniel has run his own computer service business “TwinBytes” since 2004. He has done a few talks on cyber security and generally enjoys training, educating and helping others.