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I had set my computer to go to sleep after 2 hours.

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It still went to sleep after 2 hours.

So I checked in advanced settings & found that "hybrid sleep" was turned on.I shut it off & my computer quit going to sleep.

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Case, after logoff I want the PC to sleep after 20 min.
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* installing ALL available windows updates (before activation, after activation etc) - 'change PC settings' still not working.

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* I have wiped the disk and attempted complete wipe and reinstalls countless times (and on 3 different models of PC), with the same result. 'change PC settings' still not working.

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