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TL;DR;:

  1. Can I increase the verification time for idle time in Windows 8?
  2. Is streaming a movie from computer A with Computer B enough to keep computer A out of the idle state?

The case

Given the description from Microsoft regarding when an Task sees the system as being idle, I was sure that an active hard drive was enough to keep the system out of the idle state.

The computer is considered idle if all the processors and all the disks were idle for more than 90% of the last detection interval.

I tested this by sharing my D: drive, storing a movie on it, and the started streaming this movie from an another computer.

I am afraid that since I am using Windows 10, I am running into this issue.

When the user is away, the verification time is shortened to 30 second intervals.

I would think that as I am streaming the movie, I am buffering enough data to make the intervals between fetching data less frequent than 30 seconds.

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  • Accessing a file on a hdd isn't going to use much CPU at all - DMA makes sure of this, which makes the windows definition of 'idle' kind of unusable. Not sure how to fix it though :/ – djsmiley2kStaysInside Feb 20 '17 at 18:18

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