How to adjust sleep settings in Windows XP

Uploaded by repowerhome on 05.10.2010

Adjusting your computer’s sleep settings is an easy way to save energy and stop wasting
With Windows XP, start by opening up the Control Panel from the Start menu. In this window,
click on Power Options.
In this screen, you can adjust how quickly your computer turns off its monitor and enters
sleep mode. Since I’m using a laptop, I can also configure different setting for when
the computer is plugged in or using its battery.
The sleep settings on this computer are pretty wasteful. The hard drive is set to never turn
off when it’s plugged in. Inefficient settings are common on computers running Windows XP,
so make sure to check yours.
Let’s fix these settings. I’m going to set the computer monitor to turn off after
5 minutes, and have the hard drive go to sleep after 10 minutes of inactivity. I’ll also
set it to enter standby mode after 20 minutes of inactivity, and hibernate after an hour.
Remember, in sleep mode your computer will retain all of its data. When you wake the
computer up, you’ll be able to pick up right where you left off. Hibernate mode uses even
less energy, but it takes slightly longer for the computer to wake up. Either way, the
only thing you’ll get lose of by changing these settings is energy waste.
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