Windows 11 won’t Wake from Sleep [10 Guaranteed Fixes 2023]

Written By FarhanMax

Did you know in 2019, about 1200 people went to sleep and didn’t wake up? No matter what others did or how much they tried to revive them, those people didn’t wake up; they were gone forever.

But this won’t happen to your Windows 11 PC. No matter how much deep sleep it is in, the fixes I’ve provided here will always wake it up.

For being a relatively new operating system, Windows 11 has got some bugs. And one of them is not waking up from sleep mode. But it is not a big issue and pretty easy to fix.

In this article, I’ve explained why this is happening and how to solve it for good.windows-11-wont-wake-from-sleep

Check out our separate post: Schedule Windows 11 to Wake from Sleep Automatically

Why Windows 11 won’t Wake from Sleep

Windows 11 not waking up can happen due to hardware not appropriately connected or broken wires, using hardware that is incompatible with your system, old, outdated

drivers, a corrupted process running in the background, or setting up the wrong settings.

Knowing the problem is half the solution. You need to find out what’s preventing the PC from waking up.

Here are the causes that stop Windows 11 from waking up:

Mouse & Keyboard Connection

You are pressing the keys and clicking the buttons, but your computer is not waking up.

Before you start breaking the keyboard, make sure that the keyboard and the mouse are charged if they are wireless devices and for wired devices, ensure that they are correctly connected.

Not Updating Drivers & OS

An old, outdated driver may not be compatible with the new operating system and cause some malfunctions. Also, Windows 11 sends out bug-fixing updates and patches more frequently for being a new OS.

Windows 11 not waking up can be one of the consequences of not updating to the latest versions.

Here’s a complete guide on how to Fix: PC won’t go to sleep mode in Windows 11

Power Plan Settings

Assuming you have changed your device’s power plan, ensure the sleep and wake-up schedule is not responsible for your computer not waking up from the power plan settings.

Now that you have an idea of what could be causing this issue. Let’s fix it.

How to Fix Windows 11 won’t Wake up from Sleep

Sometimes getting up from bed is not enough; sometimes, we need a cup of coffee to wake up properly, which is also valid for your computer. Before you start pouring coffee on your PC, It needs updates, regular checkups, the proper configuration settings, and scans to function correctly, not coffee.

Here are the solutions to fix Windows 11 not waking up:

1. Change Power Plan

The power plan is the most common cause that stops Windows 11 from waking up. You need to change some settings in the power setting to fix this issue.

Here’s how to change the power options:

  • Press Windows key + R to open the Run command.
  • Type powercfg.cpl and click OK. run-powercfg
  • Click Change plan settings of your currently selected plan.
  • Select Change advanced power settings. change-advanced-power-settings
  • Expand Sleep, then Allow hybrid sleep and select Off in the popup window. allow-hybrid-sleep
  • Extend USB settings, then USB selective suspend setting, and choose Enabled.
  • Expand PCI Express, then Link State Power Management and select Off. usb-settings-pci-express

Now apply these settings and your power plan should stop interfering with your computer’s sleep/wake schedule.

Read more on how to Quickly Create a Sleep Timer in Windows 11

2. Reboot Your Computer

If a bug is causing this problem, a hard reboot will fix it. Press the power button for a few seconds; your PC will shut down immediately. Press the power button again to turn it back on and check whether the issue is solved or not.

3. Keep Everything up to Date

Updating drivers refresh your PC and gets rid of bugs and glitches.

Regularly check for updates of every app you’ve installed; when an update is available, download and install it immediately. Also, update your device drivers, even install the optional updates.

Here’s how you can check for driver updates:

  • Click the Windows icon and go to Settings.
  • Select Update & Security.
  • Click Check for updates. Windows-updates-check

In case an update is available, Windows will download and install it. After installation, restart the device if required.

Follow our guide to update Drivers on Windows 11.

4. Change Mouse & Keyboard Properties

If you’ve disabled the mouse & keyboard to wake the PC option and forgot, then, of course, the mouse and keyboard won’t be able to wake the PC, and you need to enable it.

Here’s how you can allow your mouse & keyboard to wake your PC:

  • Right-click on the Windows icon and go to Device Manager.
  • Expand Mice and other pointing devices.
  • Right-click on your mouse and select Properties. mice-pointer-properties
  • Check the Allow this device to wake the computer option in the Power Management tab and click OK. allow-mouse-wake-pc
  • Do the same for your keyboard. key-propertiesallow-key-wake-pc

After these steps, you can use your keyboard and mouse to wake the PC.

Quickly check out our epic guide on stop Apps running in background Windows 11.

5. Run Power Troubleshooter

Fortunately for us, Windows 11 has troubleshooting functionality to determine what is causing issues, if any, and guides us through the solutions. You need to run the power troubleshooter and find out if anything is causing problems.

Here are the steps to run the power troubleshooter:

  • Click the Windows icon and go to Settings.
  • Select System.
  • Click Troubleshoot then Other troubleshooters.
  • Choose Power and select Run. trouble-power-run

Now, wait for the troubleshooter to finish processing and follow instructions if any problem is found; if not, let’s move on.

Also, check our exclusive tutorial on how to Flush ARP cache on Windows 11.

6. Scan Your System

You might be facing this issue because some processes are not running correctly. To find out if everything is okay or not, you need to scan your system.

Here’s how you can scan your PC:

  • Click the Search icon on your taskbar.
  • Search for Command Prompt and run it as administrator. command-prompt-admin
  • Write powercfg -h off and press Enter.
  • Type sfc /scannow and press Enter one more time. sfc-scan-now

Wait for the scan to complete. Solve the problems if found; otherwise, move to the next solution.

You may also like to read: enable nearby sharing on Windows 11.

7. Disable Fast Startup

Fast startup is supposed to start your computer faster, but it sometimes interferes with the sleep/wake functionality and causes problems. As you are facing this particular issue, you should disable it.

Here are the steps to turn off fast startup:

  • Click on the Search icon in the taskbar.
  • Search and open the Control Panel.
  • Select System and Security, and click Change what the power buttons do. change-power-buttons
  • Select Change settings that are currently unavailable. change-settings-unavailable
  • Uncheck Turn on fast startup (recommended). uncheck-fast-startup
  • Save the changes.

After this process, your PC will take a bit longer to start, but it could fix the waking up problem, which is a better payoff.

Follow our guide to fix your PIN is no longer available on Windows 11.

8. Disable Re-enable Hibernation

Hibernation helps to save energy. But sometimes, it might bug out and mess up your computer’s sleep mode. It’s a good idea to stop and restart the hibernation process.

Here are the steps to disable and re-enable hibernation:

  • Click the Search icon on the taskbar and search for Command Prompt.
  • Run Command Prompt as administrator. command-prompt-admin
  • Type powercfg.exe /hibernate off, and press Enter. hibernate-off
  • Type powercfg.exe /hibernate on, and press Enter again. hibernate-on

Now the hibernation process will not interfere with sleep mode.

Check out the easiest way to Trim video in Windows 11.

9. Disable Sleep Option

If your computer is not waking up from sleep, don’t let it sleep at all.

Yes, sleep mode is a helpful tool; it saves energy, but the RAM still draws some power, and while the PC is sleeping, the CPU stops processing, and if programs are running and tabs are open, it can cause a lot of stress on the RAM. So, it is better just to disable the option.

Here’s the process to disable the sleep option:

  • Click the Search icon on the taskbar.
  • Search and open Control Panel.
  • Go to System and Security, and click Change when the computer sleeps. change-when-pc-sleeps
  • Expand the dropdown menu of Put the computer to sleep.
  • Choose Never and click Save changes. put-pc-to-sleep

Now your computer will never sleep.

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10. Reinstall Windows 11

Reinstalling Windows 11 will eliminate all the bugs and glitches causing your computer to not wake up from sleep. It’s an easy process, but it’ll take some time, so be patient.

Here are the steps to reinstall Windows 11:

  • Click the Windows icon.
  • Go to System then Recovery.
  • Select Reset PC. reset-pc
  • Choose Keep My Files. Or else everything will be deleted. keep-files
  • Select Cloud install, which will install Windows 11 from the internet that wasn’t installed on your PC, or select Local, which will install Windows 11, which was already installed on your PC.
  • Select Next and click Reset.

After the reinstallation is complete, you’ll still need to download and update the Windows patches. This is a time-consuming process, but it will fix the issue at hand.

Check our exclusive tutorial on How to Fix Blue Screen on Windows 11.

FAQs

How do I turn off hibernation in Windows 11?

To turn off hibernation in Windows 11, open Control Panel > System and Security > Power Options > Choose what the power buttons do > Change settings that are currently unavailable > uncheck Hibernation > Save changes.

Does Windows 11 decrease battery life?

Windows 11 requires more resources and power than previous windows versions. So it drains the battery faster.

What is hibernate in Windows 11?

In hibernate mode, the current state of your PC is saved into a file on the hard drive, then the RAM and CPU stop all processes, and the file is used to restore the system when you boot up. It saves energy.

Final Thoughts

It’s bad enough that I take so much time to wake up, and if the PC doesn’t want to wake up either, the problem goes to another level. But that won’t happen anymore. From now on, your computer will wake up with just a click of the mouse or a press of the keyboard.

Let me know if you have any questions regarding Windows 11. See you in the comment section.

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