I have a tablet that runs Windows 8 Pro. Microsoft came up with a new power mode that they call Connected Standby, in which evidently all non-Metro apps are suspended when the tablet is put in a lower power mode (that is most of the time for a portable device.) The issue with this is that none of my desktop apps can wake it on schedule (including Microsoft's own Task Scheduler.)

So my question is, how can you disable Connected Standby?

  • There is no way to disable Connected Standby. Somebody did find a solution of sorts though here
    – Ramhound
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 21:11
  • Is your question "How do I disable it", or "How do I wake form this sleep mode via a Desktop App"? If you're using a low-power CPU (say, an Intel Atom), then it can't be disabled. :/ Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 21:14
  • @techie007: Well, I guess I'm asking both questions. I read somewhere that my desktop apps cannot wake the tablet because of connected standby. So now I'm curious about the Atom CPU you mentioned. Can you explain why Atom CPU is the issue?
    – MikeF
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 21:42
  • First, try to keep the number of questions per Question to one please -- this is a Q&A site, not a discussion forum. :) As for the (newer) Atom CPUs, it's because it's a low-power chip that supports/uses Connected Standby in place of regular Standby. Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 22:11
  • @techie007: I did a quick search and I can't seem to find a connection between connected standby and the hardware i.e CPU. All I get is that it's a Microsoft feature.
    – MikeF
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 22:23

2 Answers 2


Open regedit.exe, go to HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\ and set the value CsEnabled from 1 to 0.



  • 1
    Thanks. Good find. Although as they pointed out -- it just takes out the "Sleep" option from the power menu.
    – MikeF
    Commented Feb 5, 2014 at 2:21

I believe also installing Hyper-V will disable it


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