When Win7 goes to sleep...

Intel / D945gnt
July 25, 2020 at 01:49:33
Specs: Windows 7, Core Duo 2,58 GHZ /2GB
after xx minutes of inactivity set in Power Options what happens to the programs running? If I am downloading something or format an external disk for example?
I have the impression that they stop working...

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July 25, 2020 at 05:05:54
The computer will not go to sleep if it's active.

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July 25, 2020 at 22:39:21
What is the definition of Idle on windows:

The computer is considered to be "idle" by Windows if there has not been user interaction via the mouse or keyboard for a given time and if the hard drives and processors have been idle more than 90% of that time.

However applications may prevent windows from going to sleep mode.


So it depends on your application if the "idle" condition is met or if it prevents the Sleep mode.

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July 28, 2020 at 01:58:52
To prevent the computer from automatically going to sleep mode, you need to adjust some options.
Go to Power Options in control panel: Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options
Select the "Put the computer to sleep" value to Never in both on battery and plugged in.

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July 28, 2020 at 10:34:45
That's not what the OP asked. In fact he already stated about going into the power options so no need to explain it to him.

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