Troubleshooting: Laptop wakes when not in use

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 16 Aug. 2012 / Last Updated on 22 May 2012]

How to troubleshoot an issue with a laptop waking from hibernation and overheating in its carrying case.

Your Windows 7 laptop wakes from hibernation when it's in its carrying case and not being used. This causes it to overheat and cause problems.  What might be causing this?

Possible cause: You have wake from hibernation enabled in your system BIOS, and a scheduled task has the "Wake the computer to run this task" setting enabled on the Conditions tab of the task.

Resolution: If possible, disable the "Wake the computer to run this task" setting on the Conditions tab of all scheduled tasks.  You can also try disabling the "Allow wake timers" setting under Sleep on the Advanced Settings tab of Power Options in Control Panel.  Finally, if all else fails try disabling wake from hibernation in your system BIOS.

Mitch Tulloch is a seven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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