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I have a PC running Win XP, and even though I have the power management set to turn off the monitor after 10 minutes, and I have the windows screen saver set up, many times they never kick in. I come home or wake up to a monitor that is fully on so perhaps some process is keeping the PC active? Of course it's not consistent and hard to re-produce when I want to.

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Perhaps someone at home turns it on while you're not home. – EKet Feb 4 '12 at 1:04

This might help figure out a setting you have misplaced. It's hard to tell without checking all your settings.

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