Windows 10: Windows Media Player Prevents Sleep Solved

  1.    09 Nov 2016 #1

    (Solved) Windows Media Player Prevents Sleep

    My new digital camera can use Wi-Fi for moving photos from it to a computer; to do this, Windows Media Player must be installed. After some cogitation, I was able to go to Settings and install WMP 12, finish setting up Wi-Fi connection and transferred one photo.

    This morning, I found my computer awake, and checking powercfg -requests, saw that the WMP Network Sharing Service was running. I stopped the service, quickly tested, found that the computer would sleep, so restarted the service, and found that it is what was preventing the computer from going to sleep.

    I could, of course, set the service to manual start, but that would rather defeat the purpose of using Wi-Fi to transfer photos. Is there any way of fixing this, assuming as I am that the service is needed for photo transfers, a scenario that I have not tested?

    Later: Before posting this message, I was trying to recall the sequence of installing WMP and connecting the camera, and finally decided that that it had taken place late Monday afternoon. If that was so, then I did recall that the computer was asleep Tuesday morning afterwards. If WMP install had taken place the previous day, then what I found this morning was apparently not related to Monday's setup, meaning that the powercfg -request entry keeping the computer from sleeping had to come from some other cause.

    I then realized that I had installed the monthly Windows 10 Update Tuesday afternoon, so I decided to restart the computer a short while ago. When that had completed, I again checked powercfg, which showed no requests. Finally, I transferred one photo via Wi-FI, and again checked powercfg. That still showing no requests, I guessed that perhaps the request had come about during the Update process, or from some other, likely unknowable source.

    As the problem appears, at least for now, to have been remedied, I am going to mark this thread as solved.
    Last edited by Not Myself; 09 Nov 2016 at 10:18.
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