How to Stop Windows 8 From Hibernating and Not Waking Up

Windows 8

I was tearing my hair out this month. After my tech guy cleaned all the spyware off my Windows 8 for some reason my PC would go to sleep and slumber off into a deep hibernation and I could not awake it. Seriously, it made me scream because the only thing I could do was to hold my off/on button until it shutdown and then I turned it on again. This of course, closed all of my programs and browser pages. Aaaaaargh!


Windows 8

I tried adjusting the sleep settings to no avail. I looked everywhere to try to find how to stop Windows 8 from hibernating and not waking up. I even looked for Windows 8 not waking up after sleep mode. Or Windows 8 sleep mode hibernation problem. Or Windows 8 goes to sleep and won’t wake up. Or Windows 8 hibernation problem. Or…countless searches.

If you check on the internet there are all kinds of forum posts about this. Most of them I didn’t understand because I’m not THAT techie. One prevalent one had to do with going to the DOS and doing something. I’m sorry, I’m not going to mess with the guts of the computer.

But I finally found one that has seemed to work. Thank you to the person on some random forum who posted this! Here’s what I did and I hope it helps you too:

1) Go to the Control Panel
2)Double click on Device Manager
3) Click on the arrow next to Universal Serial Bus Controllers to pull down the list of USB’s.
4)Towards the bottom there are 2 listings for USB Root Hub and one for USB Root Hub (xHCL)
5) Double click on one of them and select the “Power Management” tab.
6) Remove the checkmark next to “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.”
7) Do the same to the other two USB Root Hubs.
8) Don’t mess with the other USB Root Hubs.



Darn! That fix worked for a day. I don’t know why it would stop working, but I moved on to another solution that has worked for several days to uninstall the display drivers:

  1. Go to the Control Panel or Windows+X
  2. Click Device Manager.
  3. Click on the arrow to expand Display Adapters.
  4. Right click on the Display Adapter’s name and click uninstall. (I had 2.)
  5. Restart Your Computer and the computer will take default drivers in the computer.
  6. It said to reinstall your drivers, but I didn’t because I don’t know where they are and frankly it worked fine.

Done, I think!



I found that an easy fix was to download an app called Mouse Jiggler and to enable it every time I start my computer. That really did the trick


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