How to permanently disable Sleep Mode in Windows 8

Description: This is an overview showing you how to permanently disable sleep mode in Windows 8.

  1. Open the advanced options in Windows 8 by holding the Windows key on your keyboard and the letter X. Select the RUN option.
    Windows 8 Quick Access Menu, Run
  2. In RUN type GPEDIT.MSC and click OK.
    Windows 8 Run Box
  3. In the Local Group Policy Editor, go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Power Management > Sleep settings.
    Windows 8 Group Policy Editor
    Windows 8 Group Policy Editor
  4. Now in sleep settings find the Allow applications to prevent automatic sleep (plugged in) if you have a desktop computer. Then go to Edit policy setting. If you have a laptop you will repeat the below steps for the plugged in and battery settings.
    Windows 8 Group Policy Editor, Sleep Settings
  5. Now click the Enabled button, then click Apply and OK.
    Windows 8 Group Policy Editor Sleep Settings
  6. Now find the Turn on the ability for applications to prevent sleep transition field, go to Edit policy setting, then select Enabled and then Apply and OK.
    Windows 8 Group Policy Editor Sleep Settings
  7. Next we need to close the group policy editor, hold down the Windows key and the letter X as we did in the beginning and open Run. Then type REGEDIT into the run field and click OK.
    Windows 8 Run Box
  8. Once in the registry editor we need to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power.
    Windows 8 Registry Editor
    Windows 8 Registry Editor
  9. Inside the power folder click on HibernatedEnabled to edit the field. Change the value from 1 to 0 and click OK. Do the same for the HiberfileSizePercent field as well.
    Windows 8 Registry Editor HiberFile Keys

Congratulations, you have successfully configured your Windows 8 computer to never go to sleep.

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