It could be a Ghost. Or a demon.
Some things that caused this same issue for me were:
- I had a very sensitive mouse and even though I was in bed, the mouse would move just very slightly but not noticably, and that woke the PC.
- I have also had a problem with USB devices (keyboard/mice/Wireless adapters). Sometimes, and usually over a period of several years, the ports on the PC will become loosened – or something, causing the USB device to move around a little if the desk gets knocked. This caused the PC to play the “USB device removed and inserted” sound and it also caused my PC to wake from sleep.
- Check out your Scheduled Tasks. You’re bound to have a few if you’re not the type to manually delete them all. If updates are cheduled to run in the background this could also be waking your pc. Look out for Google, Apple, Adobe and Java in particular. I always see them in Task Scheduler. And somehow Google update keeps reappearing.
There is a certain event in the Event Viewer that may help you troubleshoot spurious wake-up issues. You can find it under Windows Logs > System; look for “Power-Troubleshooter”.
However, as you see, it’s not always helpful. Mine shows “Unknown” even though I woke it up using the power button.
As an IT admin, I can tell you that spurious wake-ups are difficult to diagnose and solve. There are usually a few per 100 computers experiencing spurious wake-ups even though they all have identical hardware and peripherals.
Hopefully your issue is simply caused by a USB device or network connection or such.
Tricky one. Last time I had this, it was a new motherboard with a Realtek network card. These have a “wake on any packet” set, which is annoying.
Go to the network adapter properties, power management tab and tick the “Only allow a magic packet to wake the computer”. For me, no more waking up at random. Realtek need a ticking off for that one.
I think it did say the waking was due to the network card, but its one place to look. Next: remove all usb devices and see if that helps.
Simple disable Allow Wakeup Timers or some thing lime that in Control Panel > Power Options > Advanced Power Settings.
Otherwise, if it doesn’t work, you may need to go to device manager and, for each device, go to properties and then the power options tab (Not all devices have this).
Here, you should find some checkboxes like “Allow the computer I turn off this device to save power” or “Allow this device to wake up the computer” Depending on the checkboxes checked by default, you should be able to tell if it could be the culprit.
To prevent it from waking up your computer, rather disable “allow this device to wake up this computer”, or enable “Allow the computer to turn of this device to save power”
Hope this helps, and sorry if it wasn’t too clear, I’m writing from my iPhone.
I had the same problem with Intel Smart Connect which as sole purpose has to wake up the pc every 15 min. It got installed through some updater program. Just remove it.
Hmm… I did some research on the internet and found a little bit out about your problem. It could be:
- a rusty connection on the USB port or
- a program or background service (which is hard to find out if it is)
I wonder if running the command:
powercfg -devicedisablewake would help.
I haven’t really tried this but it is just a suggestion.
If you want another cool way to lock/sleep your computer, check out keylemon (Google it).
I remember having the same problem with my PC years ago and after a little research, found that Windows Media Center was waking my PC up to download TV scheduling information!
This may sound unbelievable but my touch screen was “unsleeping” itself when I was not around and the desktop items were often moved when I returned. The culprit? FLIES! walking on my screen and playing havoc…. I had to disable the touch feature over summer when they were more prevalent.
To add a rather unique wake-up problem to what others already mentioned:
Whenever I mess with electricity in the house, doesn’t matter if it’s switching something on or off, my computer would wake up. Yeah, standby mode is not an option for this guy.
I verified that it is the electricity causing this, though the reason may very well be my UPS which is connected to the PC via USB for configuration, logging and emergency shutdowns (it supports wake-ups, but I turned them all off).
In short: over-sensitive UPS is an option.
In my case, moving this mouse did not wake the PC up from sleep, but did turn the monitor back on, if only the monitor was asleep, which I personally like as a setting. Clicking the mouse or keyboard wakes the PC from sleep. Again, I like this setting. Some of the recommendations to turn off
Allow this device to wake the computer in device manager would prevent these clicks from working, especially disabling it for all USB devices (if your mouse and/or keyboard is USB).
I found @ntoskrnl’s answer the best. What’s below was found in the event viewer with source =
On my HP EliteDesk 800 G1 (g5r46ut) when the UBB mouse/keyboard woke the PC with click the “Wake Source” was
Device -Intel(R) USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller
For my problematic wake-ups–every 5 minutes literally–the “Wake Source” was
Device -Intel(R) Ethernet Connection I217-LM which would be the ethernet LAN port.
Power Management tab for this driver had many options. I list the relevant ones to unwanted wake-ups, and what I did, below:
Power Saver Options
Respond to ARP requests without waking system(was checked, I left it checked)
Respond to NS request without waking system(was checked, I left it checked)
Wake on magic packet from power off state(was checked, I left it checked; I might want to do this; most probably would not)
Wake on LAN
Wake on Magic Packet(was checked, I left it checked; this is an older, standard way to power on PC’s remotely; I might do this, so I left it on; most might never need this)
Wake on Pattern Match(was checked, I UN-CHECKED; this was the key to fixing my problem; the help text says it wakes the PC on a received packet matching a specific pattern determined by the OS)
Wake on Link Settings(was un-checked, I left it un-checked; the help text said this wakes a APM (Advanced Power Management) PC when a network link is established)
So when i un-checked
wake on pattern match my PC went from waking every 5 min to staying asleep all night. I am curious as to what is sending that pattern-matching packet. Another of my Windows OS PC’s (Windows 7 and XP)? a smartphone? Router? Switch? My IPS? Host intrusion attempt from internet?
FYI: I found the following article while searching and found it pretty comprehensive (repeating many ideas on this page) with some nice how-to instructions How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up
I had this problem on my ASUS Z87 motherboard and the issue turned out to be related to my LAN card and a “wake on LAN setting.” Sometimes your LAN card will wake your computer even if it is shutdown!
If you have an ASUS motherboard I can guide you through the process to fix it. If not check for any settings related to “wake on LAN.”