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My Win7 will not shut down or wake from sleep

November 27, 2010 at 17:23:22
Specs: Windows 7
My Windows 7 will not shut down when prompted and it will also not wake up when in sleep mode. I need some help!

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November 27, 2010 at 18:21:53
Is this a laptop?

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November 27, 2010 at 18:46:16
no, it's a desktop approx 1 yr old

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November 27, 2010 at 18:55:15
OK, never use Sleep mode on a desktop. it was designed for laptops to preserve battery life. Instead go into your power options and designate turn off monitor after a certain time, but never turn off hard drives. That should fix your problem. It won't shut down because there's something running in the background. Sleep mode and hibernate mode sometimes can really bog a machine down. Turn it off if you're not going to use it for any period of time. it's a myth that shutting them down is hard on them.

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November 28, 2010 at 06:27:46
It probably is something running in the background that is causing the problem with sleep and turning off sleep is one option, removing most programs from automatic start-up and cleaning out your system of junk is probably a better one.
I know that "everyone" says that sleep should only be used for laptops BUT I have successfully been using sleep on every computer I use since my Windows 95 rig way back then. My Windows XP system that I used as the central computer of our family for over 9 years until earlier this year was always set to go to sleep automatically, in fact I typically restarted it only about once each week or two and rarely shut it down completely except service/upgrades. I am currently doing the same for it's Windows 7 replacement I built for many months now without any problems (and restarts are rarely needed with Windows 7). Sleep on a clean system works well for 24/7/365 use and it is convenient for the family for near instant access. On a factory installed OS, you can expect system idle 85% to 95% if you are careful with background programs, but this time since I installed the OS myself, I typically have 99% to 100% system idle when things 'quiet' down.
Disable it if you need to,but do not be afraid to use it if you can identify what is running and disable their autostarting using msconfig. [Yes it works with overclocked systems too - Pentium4 (400&800MHz), Pentium Dual core, Core 2 Duo for the last few years]

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.

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January 1, 2011 at 16:14:41
I was having the same issue. Went through all the motions with no success until I changed one little setting. Hit window>type power options> select "change plan settings" from the right of your selected power plan>select "change advanced power settings"> scroll to usb settings> usb selective suspend setting>disable. I did this after I updated bios/drivers and verified they were functioning properly. Also after making certain that it wasn't a program or a device causing the wake. Also make sure sleep states are enabled in bios, but research this first before messing with unknown settings..

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