Windows XP power settings not staying…

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The setup: Server: Windows server 2003. Workstations: Windows XP Mandatory roaming profiles. All computers login as the same user. I do not want the computers to go into standby or hibernate or turn off the monitor. I have configured mandatory profiles, set the workstations into 'Presentation' scheme, and even went into Group Policy and enable the deletion of cached profile and the updating of roaming profles on the server. When I inspect the setting on the workstations, they show presentation mode and have 'Never' for all the settings. This should mean that they never turn off the monitor or hibernate, correct? Out of 10 computers, 4 stay on and the others either turn off the monitor of hibernate. Any ideas? To my understanding, the power settings are stored in the user's profile. Originally, I changed the CPU driver to 'Standard PC' to get rid of all ACPI controls; however, I now want these settings in order to automatically power down the work stations and other features. I have changed the driver back to ACPI. Thanks!

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In group policy, have you:

Enabled “disabled computer configuration settings”?

What is your group policy refresh interval set to and how long has it been since the GPO settings were applied?

The GPO is linked to the domain?

Have you run “secedit /refreshpolicy machine_policy” on the workstations?

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  • Ghobbs
    I have seen power scheme settings in BIOS setting screen before. Have you looked there?
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  • Skepticals
    Computergeek99, I'm not sure I can disable the computer configuration because I have other group policies that need to apply to the computer. I'm not sure why you want me to do that. I have not changed the GPO refresh value, but I thought the settings are stored in the Profile not the GPO and I have deleted the profile off the client and logged in so it gets a new one. I have ran gpupdate /force as well to update the GPO. I know the GPOs are up to date. The problem is the power settings. I have checked the BIOS, but I can check it again. I did not see anything that said specifics for timouts or when to shut the monitor off. Would the BIOS setting be specific? Any more ideas? Thanks. J
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  • Ve3ofa
    Just about every Desktop motherboard is energy star compliant which includes power managment in the bios in some shape or form .. you might want to see if the power managment is enabled in the bios and if the 'os managment" is enabled. If the users cannot change their power managment settings which may be present in their user profile but can be changed unless there is a gpo that disallows it. When you are referring to differnt pc's having different power settings .. and you think you have eliminated software control .. then you should think about differences being in the hardware... Usually the problem is machines NOT going into standby/hibernate vs going into standby when you don't want them to.
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  • Enterprisephil
    This URL has some information to help you understand..... Pay particular attention to below Powermanagement section... Power Management AC Recovery (Off default) Determines how the system responds when AC power is re-applied after a power loss. Off commands the system to stay off when the power is re-applied. You must press the front-panel power button before the system turns on. On commands the system to turn on when the power is re-applied. Last commands the system to return to the last power state the system was in just before it was turned off. Auto Power On (Off default) Sets the computer to automatically turn on. Off disables this feature. Everyday turns the computer on every day at the time set in Auto Power Time. Weekdays turns the computer on every day from Monday through Friday at the time set in Auto Power Time. NOTE: This feature does not work if you turn off your computer using a power strip or surge protector. Auto Power Time Sets time to automatically turn on the computer. Time is kept in the standard 12-hour format (hours:minutes). Change the startup time by pressing the right- or left-arrow key to increase or decrease the numbers, or type numbers in both the date and time fields. Low Power Mode (Off default) When Low Power Mode is selected, remote wakeup events will no longer power up the computer from Hibernate or Off via the onboard network controller. Remote Wakeup (Off default) This option allows the system to power up when a Network Interface Controller or Remote Wakeup-capable modem receives a wake up signal. On is the default setting. On w/ Boot to NIC will allow the computer to attempt to boot from a network prior to using the boot sequence. NOTE: Normally, the system can be powered up remotely from suspend mode, hibernate mode, or when powered off. When Low Power Mode (in the Power Management menu) is enabled, the system can only be powered up remotely from Suspend. Suspend Mode Sets the computer's suspend mode. The options are S1, a suspend state in which the computer is running in a low-power mode, and S3, a suspend state in which the power is reduced or turned off for many components, however, system memory remains active.
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  • DVanderWoude
    Logon to the problematic machines with the local administrator account and set the energy saving settings for that account the way you want them for the end user account. That should resolve the issue. However, if you logon at a later time to any of those machines as local administrator you may need to reset the power settings again. They will still show up as what you set them to before, so you wont really change anything, but if you dont reapply them the old problems will return. I have a very similar setup, and although these steps dont make a lot of sense as to WHY it works, and shouldnt need to be necessary, they unfortunately are necessary as far as I can tell. Hopefully I'm correct and this resolves your problem. If anybody has a better solution, I would *love* to know about it because this is huge annoyance.
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  • MidnightScientist
    I just found this out on another site: You have to set the User permissions on two registry keys. Be sure to change them back once you change the power management settings. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ControlsFolder\PowerCfg\GlobalPowerPolicy and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ControlsFolder\PowerCfg\PowerPolicy Hope this helps. You may also have to change settings under the local policy user rights assignment.
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