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When I don't do anything with my laptop for 1 minute (no input, no music playing, ...), it goes to sleep after 1 minute. Not hibernating, just going to sleep with power in RAM. It drives me crazy.

I have a laptop Dell 6410 where I installed Windows 7 but then upgraded to Windows 8 without formatting the hard drive. It's not a corporate laptop under any domain.

The sleep settings are set properly. Balanced mode, going to sleep after 20 minutes on battery and never on power.

Thanks for help!

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Are you sure that it isn't the screen that's turning off to save power? – user273580 Jun 12 '13 at 11:11
both screen and laptop turn off after 1 minute – koubic Jun 12 '13 at 11:12
Are the power settings handled by Windows or a program offered by Dell? – Ramhound Jun 12 '13 at 11:22
By Windows. I uninstalled the Dell power management tools. – koubic Jun 12 '13 at 14:43
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I did all I could to fix the problem, finally got remote assistance from microsoft answer desk. They called it fixed when at their end the computer didn't go to sleep for 3 or 4 minutes. But when the computer was handed back to me, same exact problem. The Third Tech said, "Try changing your microsoft account to a local account. I did that and IT WORKED. I brought my own data over to the local account and I now have a system that works. I occasionally check the Microsoft acct. but it still does the same thing. Don Hayes

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man, you nailed it! :) I haven't had such problem for last couple of months approximately since when I changed my account to local. Thanks for clarifying it! – koubic Jan 9 '14 at 21:47

Check this KB article:

Monitor powers off after 1 minute when PC is locked

Ms posted some powercfg.exe commands to change the time.

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If your having the same problem with windows 8 as we are, it going to sleep after 1 min. then having to log in again, I found a work-around thats not perfect but at least we don't have to log back in every time it goes to sleep. I just set the Screensaver to start after 1 min. then I just have to move the mouse to get right back to the desktop.

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