I configured Media Center on my Windows Vista computer and now it won't enter sleep mode.

A. During configuration of Media Center, you'll see an option to always have shared media available to extender devices. If you select this option, when you try to put the computer in sleep mode, the computer simply locks instead of going into sleep mode. This functionality ensures that any shared media is available, which would not be the case if the computer entered sleep mode. If you want to reenable the ability to put the computer into sleep mode perform the following steps:

  1. Start the Power Options Control Panel applet (Start, Control Panel, Power Settings).
  2. Select the "Change plan settings" option for the current power plan.
  3. On the settings dialog box, click the "Change advanced power settings."
  4. Scroll down to the "Multimedia settings" option and expand the "When sharing media."
  5. Change the setting to "Allow the computer to sleep.
  6. Click OK, then close all open dialog boxes.

The "Allow the computer to enter Away Mode" is the setting Media Center enables. The away mode functionality makes the computer appear to be off to the user but actually keeps the system running.

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