How to Prevent a Computer From Entering Sleep Mode When Watching Netflix

By Isobel Phillips

Modify your power settings for uninterrupted viewing.
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Sleep, hibernation and hybrid sleep modes are Windows power settings designed to save energy by powering down your computer and monitor when you haven't touched the keyboard or mouse for a specified time. While this is a great idea if you're away from your computer, it can be irritating if the monitor goes black when you're streaming a Netflix movie. Although you could remember to move the mouse occasionally to stop this from happening, changing your power settings will give you a better viewing experience.

Step 1

Click the Start button and choose "Control Panel" from the Start menu. In Windows 7 click "System and Security" and select "Power Options" to open the power settings.

Step 2

Click "Change Plan Settings" next to the power plan you want to change. On the next page, click "Change Advanced Plan Settings."

Step 3

Click the "Advanced Settings" tab, then double-click "Sleep." Double-click "Sleep After," choose "Setting," click on the arrow and select "Never" to keep your computer from entering sleep mode.

Step 4

Double-click "Hibernate After" and click "Setting." Click on the arrow and select "Never" to stop your computer from hibernating.

Step 5

Double-click "Display" followed by "Turn Off Display After," click "Setting," then click the arrow and select "Never" to make sure your monitor stays on.

Step 6

Click "OK" and "Save Changes" to save your new settings.