Turn off Windows 7 NIC Sleep mode

Posted on 2009-12-30
Last Modified: 2013-12-12
Does anyone know if there is a group policy in windows 7 (or at the domain level) that i can use to turn off sleep mode on the network card? this has been a problem for us and i need to be able to disable it. i know this can be done in the registry if you know the hardware ID or GUID the only problem is that i have a universal image so every machine might have a different ID because they have a different model of network card.
Question by:jaybird283
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    It doesnt look like this is possible through group policy....yet???

    See below from a MSFT moderator, the workaround appears to be the scripting you mentioned or possibly through WMI.
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    by:Jason Watkins
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    the windows 7 NIC sleep is used only on laptops.
    if you are using laptops then look for an application which is managing that on the laptop if you do it once then you can image it and you are good.

    on regular computers you need to change the power settings from control panel.

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    by:Jason Watkins
    To add to what artoaperjan stated above, for example, Dell and Lenovo have OEM software installed to perform these types of tasks.  
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    Hi jaybird283

    any luck trying the things commented?


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    Not yet. i have been off work for the weekend so i have not had a chance to try. i will give them a shot when i get back to work.

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    Although this was not the answer it did help me to get there. what i ended up doing was this (from the link that you provided)

    NOTE: the information below was not quite correct, i needed to add the PnPCapibilities dword with a value of 118 (or 280) to the device number 0007 (seemed to be the same on all of my machines). i did this with a custom command line in my deployment task sequence in MDT 2010. worked like a charm after that!

    How to use Registry Editor to disable network adapter power management on a single computer
    Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    322756  ( ) How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

    To use Registry Editor to disable the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power network adapter setting for a single computer, follow these steps:

       1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
       2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
          NoteDeviceNumber is the network adapter number. If a single network adapter is installed on the computer, the DeviceNumber is 0001.
       3. Click PnPCapabilities.
       4. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
       5. In the Value data box, type 38, and then click OK.

          Note By default, a value of 20 indicates that power management of the network adapter is enabled. A value of 38 will prevent Windows XP from turning off the network adapter or let the network adapter wake the computer from standby.
       6. On the File menu, click Exit.

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