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    Power Options change after Windows Update

    It always bugs me when Windows does an update and I find that it has changed my power options settings. This does not happen all the time - but maybe as much as 50%.

    For example, it likes to change my setting for:

    Put the computer to sleep: from 20 minutes (or whatever) to Never

    However the most annoying offender is under Advanced Settings, changing

    /Balanced/Require password on wakeup/Setting: No - to Yes.

    Then I have to dig down 4 layers to reset it to No.

    I am using Win7 Ultimate 64-bit, but I see it on other systems running other versions of Win7.

    Is there a way to prevent this? Changing a registry setting is perfectly acceptable for me.

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    Is your user account a member of the admin group?

    Have you tried changing the power settings and then re-booting? That should tell you if it is really Windows Update or the settings aren't being saved properly.

    Joe

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    Thanks for the quick reply.

    Yes, my account is as an administrator.

    The changes survive a reboot.

    I had both of the changes I mentioned in the original message happen Monday, so perhaps an update is not the only trigger - or perhaps I just notice it more after an update because then a reboot is normally necessary and the password requirement is very noticeable.

    Normally I just put my computer to sleep.

    This happens on multiple machines.

    BobD

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    I don't believe there is anything inherent in WU to change power settings. I recommend that you set a reminder to check the power settings regularly. You may be able to identify some process that is running which changes the settings.

    Joe

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    Power settings change after WIndows 7 update

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP517 View Post
    I don't believe there is anything inherent in WU to change power settings. I recommend that you set a reminder to check the power settings regularly. You may be able to identify some process that is running which changes the settings.

    Joe
    I set up 2 or 3 new PCs with W7 each month. All the PCs must have never sleep/hibernate. Every one gets the power settings reset after the first updates so I believe the Windows Update does change the settings.

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    Although it doesn't solve your immediate problem, you could recover from changes in Power settings by running
    powercfg -export <filename>
    in a Command Prompt window to back up your settings, and later importing the required settings to override any unwanted change.

    See powercfg /? for info.
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    Thanks for that BATcher, I didn't know about powercfg.

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    @Martincg,

    If this is in a work environment perhaps group policy is being pushed.

    Joe

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