Use of Away mode for Managing Power

The Windows Media Center is one of the great software embedded in the Windows Operating system. This feature enables you to turn your PC to an amazing TV. Many users out there must have paid extra for Media Center in Windows 8. You must be aware that the computer consumes a lot of power when kept in sleep mode. Here is the tutorial how to manage the PC power.

windows away mode power management
You won’t be favoring to keep your system ON for a long time by keeping them either in sleep mode or hibernating mode as they consume a lot of power. But, now you can manage the wasting of power by the Windows Away mode. This mode not only manages power but also keeps the background tasks running.
It is similar to that of sleep mode, but the only difference is it consumes less power and keeps the task or programs running in the background.

To set the Away mode on your system, follow the steps discussed below.

  • Go to Start menu > Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Power Options
  • You need to change the power settings on your computer. To do that Select Change Plan Settings under the Power Options
  • Next, Select Change Advanced Power Settings
  • Navigate to the Multimedia settings option and expand it
  • Expand the When Sharing Media.
  • Choose allow the computer to enter Away Mode

power option advanced settings

  • Scroll down to the Sleep option and expand it
  • Now, Expand Sleep after option and set to 0 minutes. You must choose the Plugged in
  • Next, Select Allow hybrid sleep and set to Off
  • Select Hibernate after and set to 0 minutes. Again, choose only Plugged in.

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  • Press OK and reboot your PC to apply the changes.

The above method is only applicable only to systems running on Windows 7 OS. This mode is also useful to share media with remote devices. Upon following the above steps you can easily improve Your Media Center PC’s Power Management with Away Mode. This will afford a perfect middle ground between sleep mode and full-steam functionality.


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