How to prevent Windows 7 from sleeping when downloading files in Chrome

Is your obdurate computer falling asleep while downloading files?

You’ve poked around Advanced Power Settings but you still can’t find a way to “keep it up” during the duration of the download.  This is a major issue of course because when your computer sleeps it unceremoniously terminates the download which is about as inane as…

… as getting stuck on a broken escalator.  Note I said escalator not elevator.

Okay, jokes aside by default, if there is no mouse or keyboard activity for 15 to 30 minutes Windows will fall asleep to conserve power.  The conundrum is that downloading files in Chrome is a bonafide activity but since the computer doesn’t receive any keyboard or mouse input it assumes the machine should sleep.

Annoying.

The onerous fix is to click Start type

power options

and temporarily suppress sleeping until the download finishes.  But that’s a hassle no one wants to deal with every time they want to download a large file.

The answer

Microsoft Developer David Anson, concocted a solution to this problem that works wonders.

The main disadvantage is that the program isn’t digitally signed so there’s no electronic security mark that authenticates the software publisher.  In other words, Windows freaks out when it can’t verify the publisher because that means someone could modify the file contents.

That being said I’ve successfully downloaded and installed the program on my computer without any problems. Moreover, it comes directly from the Microsoft Developer’s Network which is a reliable source (but you should scan it anyway just to be 100% safe).

The program is aptly called Insomnia.  Just download, extract the app and run the version that matches your system.  If you’re not sure whether your using Windows 32 bit or 64 bit it’s easy to find out.

Windows 7 Insomnia

As long as the Insomnia window is open your computer will stay awake.  Anson said he deliberately designed Insomnia to be very simple (notice there are no options) and fool-proof.  In other words, it’s hard to forget that your computer is staying awake with the obnoxiously red warning right there in your face.

And best of all it just works.

Hope this helps!

Insomnia for Windows 7

 

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  • himakund

    you can also use mouse jiggler to do the same

  • Athallah Wibisono

    there is another easy options :
    1. click start
    2.click in the search: power options
    3.click: change plan settings (Balanced (recommended)
    4.select (turn off the display, put the computer to sleep) and press never to both
    5. or set the time you want your computer stay awake: 1 minute-Never.it is up to you.
    6. click save changes
    hope this help 🙂