I've recently purchased a Windows 7 laptop. While I am a technical user, I am really not familiar with Windows.

Since I do run a lot of long (8-12 h) processes (scientific experiments) I want the laptop to not sleep and not hibernate, not log out when plugged in to the wall. I think this is fairly straight-forward stuff, and that I'm doing something wrong.

I've changed the power plan and configured it to only dim the display after 30 minutes ( I put never on when to put the computer to sleep). I played with the advanced options to no avail.

Power plan settings:

  • Dim the display: on battery: 2 minutes, plugged in 30 minutes
  • Turn off the display: on battery: 5 minutes, plugged in Never
  • Put the computer to sleep: on battery 15 minutes, plugged in Never
  • Adjust brightness: on battery ~80%, plugged in 100%


  • Require password on wake up: yes / yes
  • Turn off hard disk after: 10 minutes / 20 minutes
  • Sleep/Sleep after 15 minutes / Never
  • Sleep/Allow hybrid sleep: Off / Off
  • Sleep/Hibernate after: 300 minutes / 300 minutes

So now I'm thinking it is the BS power plans from ASUS (the brand of the laptop) maybe they are configured incorrectly?

What I really want is that when plugged in it never sleeps or logs out or stops running in any Windows shape way or form.

  • Please edit you question and add your exact power plan settings (including the advanced tree if possible). Aug 5, 2012 at 17:07
  • @techie007 I've edited the question a little bit to include the power plan settings.
    – carlosdc
    Aug 5, 2012 at 17:16
  • Is the problem happening when the laptop's lid is closed, by any chance? Aug 5, 2012 at 21:08
  • @HarryJohnston: it hasn't happened with the lid close, I haven't tried with the lid closed.
    – carlosdc
    Aug 5, 2012 at 21:34
  • @carlosdc reset all settings to never sleep/never turn off Aug 6, 2012 at 9:25


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