How can you stop your computer from going to sleep? That’s the question that subscriber Helen wrote recently to ask:
I have a new computer. It has Windows Vista, it is only 4years old.
The problem I am having is it closes when I am not using it. Why does it do that ? Would you be able to tell me why and how to fix it? If so please let me know ok ASAP?
I wrote back to Helen to tell here that I won’t be able to tell here exactly where she needs to make the changes, as I don’t have any computers running Vista.
Her problem is that all the versions of Windows will "go to sleep" when they’re idle for a certain amount of time. This is their default setting. You can change the amount of time delay and you can also turn off the sleep function.
Go to Start > Control Panel. There’ll be something there that refers to Power Options (you may have to look around, as it may be within one of the diaplayed options. In Windows 7, the Power Options are in the menu that’s displayed when you click on System and Security. Under Power options, there’s a link that says "Change when the computer sleeps".
Once you get to the right spot, you can turn off the Sleep function, as shown below.
There are a lot more options in the dialog box that is displayed if you click on the "Change advanced power settings" link.