Windows: Avoid network disconnection problem when computer is idle

When you are downloading something and you kept your system idle for some time; automatically your system will disconnect from network and you will see interruptions in downloading. This is because, when the system is in idle state for some time, the system goes to sleep and it will disconnect your system from the network. Usually the system goes to sleep to save the power. Windows allows to change these settings as well. So, we can instruct the computer to not go to sleep even it is in idle state. This automatically solves network disconnection problem when the system is in sleep.

This article explains the steps to setting up the system to not to sleep in idle state.

This article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Operating System

Step 1. Open “Control Panel” window.

Windows 7 - Control Panel window

Windows 7 – Control Panel window

Step 2. Click on “System and Security” item from “Control Panel” window. Windows will open “System and Security” window.

Windows 7 - "System and Security" window

Windows 7 – “System and Security” window

Step 3. Click on “Power Options” item. Windows will display list of available power plans in “Power Options” window.

Windows 7 - "Power Options" window

Windows 7 – “Power Options” window

Step 4. Select Balanced (recommended) power plan and click on its Change plan settings link. Windows will display “Edit Plan Settings” window.

In Windows 7 Operating System the “Edit Plan Settings” window looks like below.

Windows 7 - "Edit Plan Settings" window

Windows 7 – “Edit Plan Settings” window

In Windows 8 Operating System the “Edit Plan Settings” window looks like below.

Windows 8 - "Edit Plan Settings" window

Windows 8 – “Edit Plan Settings” window

Step 5. Windows 7: Select the value Never form the 2nd combo box which is under Plugged in for Put the computer to sleep: field.

Windows 8: Select the value Never form Put the computer to sleep: combo box.

Step 6. Click on Save changes button to apply your changes.

Now your computer will not disconnect from network when it is in idle state. That means it never sleeps when it is plugged in.

🙂 Sahida

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