SOLVED! “You Do Not Have Permission To Enable Or Disable Device Wake”

While in Sleep mode, Windows computers use less power and people get back, they could resume working. For most of the time, changing the Sleep settings of Windows is a straightforward affair that involves little time and effort. Still, Windows users that use Command Prompt to change the Sleep settings of their devices have been complaining about a series of issues. One prime example is “you do not have permission to enable or disable device wake” 

Causes 

Permissions

On Windows 10, the permissions of each user can be edited by the administrator. For security purposes, administrators could deny user permissions to perform actions or access folders. While making changes to the device wake using Command Prompt, it’s necessary to have administrative privileges. If you make the change without administrative privileges, “you do not have permission to enable or disable device wake” is the consequence.

Power Options

Windows provide the power options i.e. Power saver, Balanced and High performance. You can change the settings of each of the power plans to achieve the best performance while keeping in mind your battery life. 

Outdated BIOS

Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) plays a key role in the way your PC operates. Hence, if the BIOS becomes out of date, processes on your PC would go haywire. 

Solutions

Run Power Troubleshooter

  • Step 1: Press the Windows key + R to open Run.
  • Step 2: Type control then hit Enter to open Control Panel.
  • Step 3: Select Troubleshooting then pick System and Security.
  • Step 4: Choose Power then hit Next to start running the troubleshooter.
  • Step 5: Once Windows has identified the problem, click Apply this fix then wait as Windows tries to fix the issue.
  • Step 6: Close the troubleshooter then check if the issue has been solved. 

Run As Administrator

  • Step 1: Press the Windows key + R to open Run.
  • Step 2: Type cmd then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the Command Prompt with administrative privileges. 
  • Step 3: Run either powercfg -deviceenablewake “Device name” or powercfg /devicedisablewake “Device name”. Replace “Device name” with the name of the target device
  • Step 4: Close the Command Prompt then check if the device wake has been disabled.

Make Use Of Device Manager.

  • Step 1: Windows key + R to open Run.
  • Step 2: Type devmgmt.msc then hit Enter to open Device Manager.
  • Step 3: Locate the target device, right-click it and pick Properties.
  • Step 4: Go to the Power Management tab then check/uncheck the box next to Allow this device to wake up the computer.
  • Step 5: Hit OK then restart your computer.

Update Driver

  • Step 1: Windows key + R to open Run.
  • Step 2: Type devmgmt.msc then hit Enter to open Device Manager.
  • Step 3: Locate the target device you, right-click it and pick Properties.
  • Step 4: Go to the Driver tab, choose Update Driver then follow the onscreen instructions to update your driver.
  • Step 5: After you finish, close Device Manager then restart your computer.

Check Out Power Options

  • Step 1: Press the Windows key, type control then click Control Panel.
  • Step 2: Select Power Options then choose Change plan settings beside your current power plan.
  • Step 3: Pick Change advanced power settings then hit the “+” sign near Sleep.
  • Step 4: Double click Allow wake timers, pick On battery then select Disable from the dropdown menu.
  • Step 5: Select Plugged in then choose Disable from the dropdown menu.
  • Step 6: Hit the “+” sign beside USB settings then double click USB selective suspend.
  • Step 7: Select Battery then pick Disabled from the drop-down menu.
  • Step 8: Click Plugged in then select Disabled from the drop-down menu.
  • Step 9: Hit Apply and Ok to save your changes then restart your computer.

Update BIOS 

Before making an update to the BIOS, you need to compare the version on your device with the one on your manufacturer’s website. If your current version is old, then you can proceed to make the update.

  • Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open Run.
  • Step 2: Type msinfo32 then hit Enter to open System information.
  • Step 3: Navigate to BIOS Version/Date then take note of the current version.
  • Step 4: Launch your browser, visit the motherboard manufacturer’s website and find the Downloads page.
  • Step 5: From the list of versions available, cross-check with the version on your computer and if the update is necessary, hit the download button.
  • Step 6: After the download is complete, then transfer the BIOS file to a USB drive.
  • Step 7: You will then need to boot to the BIOS screen. Hit the Start Menu then click the Power icon.
  • Step 8: Press and hold Shift as you select Restart.
  • Step 9: Once you are in the Advanced Recovery Environment, select Troubleshoot, then choose Advanced Options. 
  • Step 10: Click UEFI Firmware Settings then use the UEFI utility to set the new firmware image you saved on the USB drive.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Sleep and Hibernate Mode?

In Sleep mode, the documents and files are stored in the RAM, therefore, your computer uses the minimum amount of power. While in Hibernate mode the information is saved on the hard disk and the computer will be completely turned off.

Which is the best power plan?

When it comes to the power plan, you can switch to any plan depending on your battery percentage. If your battery is below 20%, it is best to switch to Power Saver mode to extend the remaining battery life. Balanced is the best plan for most users since it balances system performance and energy usage. High Performance will come through when you need high screen brightness and the best system performance

Tips And Tricks

  • When on battery, set the PC to sleep after 10 minutes.
  • Before going to bed, put your computer to Hibernate instead of shutting down. 
  • Reduce the screen light to save on power and your eyes as well.
  • Set Power Saver mode to kick in automatically once the battery percentage hit 20%,

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