When you install or reinstall Windows, the sleep mode is enabled by default.
Which is problematic, because your computer will tend to go to sleep when you go to eat (for example). The problem is that if a download, a file synchronization, ... is in progress, it's possible that this process is stopped prematurely because of this automatic sleep.
This is also problematic with virtual machines, as these will tend to go to sleep or pause (depending on the virtualization solution used) since you are using your physical PC and not the virtual machine for a while.
To disable automatic sleep on Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, the procedure is exactly the same.
To get started, open the control panel and go to : System and Security.
Then, in : Power options.
Then, click on "Change when the computer sleeps" in the left menu.
Here, you will find 2 settings :
As usual, we always select "Never" for these 2 settings.
But, above all, you must configure the "Put the computer to sleep" setting to "Never".
Then, click on : Save changes.
On Windows 10 and 11, you need to go to the start menu, then click on : Settings.
In the "Settings" window that appears, go to the "System" section.
Then, on Windows 10, click on "Power & Sleep" on the left.
On Windows 11, click on "Power", then on : Screen and sleep.
And finally, on Windows 10, select "Never" for the 2 settings available :
On Windows 11, you will find the same 2 settings under slightly different names :
If you have a laptop PC, also select "Never" for the equivalents "On battery power, ...".
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