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While the majority of processes are sleeping, can a selection of them continue to operate normally?

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why the down-votes without comments? – lexu Apr 26 '13 at 12:55
    
Certain tasks might be possible if your (Media Center) PC supports Away Mode. See my answer here for details. – Karan Apr 26 '13 at 16:07
up vote 2 down vote accepted
  • If by "active" you mean running when in sleep mode, the answer is NO ..
  • If you mean "active" when the computer wakes up again, the answer is YES.
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