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GPO Setting/Script to enable USB keyboard/mice to wake computer from standby

Posted on 2011-03-22
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I am trying to find some information on how to set any USB mouse and keyboard to "Allow device to wake computer from standby."

I search EE and found most questions/answers were from 2009 or before.  This is 2011- there has got to be a way to get this to work without having to physically touch each machine.  I used procmon to find the registry entry for a few keyboards and a few mice, but every device has a different registry entry.

Only found XP to not have these checked by default.  On Windows 7 every USB HID device I tried on multiple workstations had this enabled by default.


Any help is much appreciated.
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Just to be more precise - are you trying to enable this setting on Win XP, or disable it on Win 7?
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and, have you considered using this:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/915160

Powercfg has option -deviceenablewake:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc748940%28WS.10%29.aspx

You can use powercfg to list devices supporting this and then parse the output looking for devices having keyboard or mouse in their name using command line utility findstr.

There should soon be someone here who would put my algorithm above into a ready script for you - if there's no one willing to do it, I'll make and post one in the next few days.
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I need it enabled on every WinXP machine.  We are moving to Win7, but the request was made to enable it on all existing WinXP machines.

We initially made a powercfg bat file that just loops through every device that is capable of waking the machine and enables it.  It just seems sloppy to do it that way.  A script that could detect mice/keyboards and enable would be preferred.
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You can use findstr, or GNU awk for parsing device names and thus detecting most of the mice/keyboards.
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I started making a batch file (see below) but it doesn't store information into the text file correctly.  When I type the command in the prompt it works, but in the batch it doesn't.  Also don't know how to pull the information out of the file and enable the devices line by line until EOF.

I'm grasping at straws to get this running.  VBScript is still preferred but I'm very unfamiliar in it.


powercfg -DEVICEQUERY wake_programmable > C:\%COMPUTERNAME%.txt
findstr /i "mouse" C:\%COMPUTERNAME%.txt > C:\%COMPUTERNAME%_PWR.txt
findstr /i "keyboard" C:\%COMPUTERNAME%.txt >> C:\%COMPUTERNAME%_PWR.txt

powercfg -DEVICEENABLEWAKE ???

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Latest solution that works, but doesn't record results correctly in the log file.  Any assistance with this?

@ECHO OFF

(
echo keyboard
echo mouse
) > "C:\devices.txt"

if exist "%temp%\results.log" del "%temp%\results.log"

for /F "delims=" %%f in ('powercfg.exe /DEVICEQUERY wake_programmable ^| findstr /g:"C:\devices.txt" /i ') do ( powercfg.exe /DEVICEENABLEWAKE "%%f" >> "%temp%\results.log" )

if exist C:\devices.txt del C:\devices.txt

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We are currently testing the solution in a small test bed.  We eliminated the log file sections of the script.


@ECHO OFF

(
echo keyboard
echo mouse
) > "%temp%\devices.txt"

for /F "delims=" %%f in ('powercfg.exe /DEVICEQUERY wake_programmable ^| findstr /g:"%temp%\devices.txt" /i ') do ( powercfg.exe /DEVICEENABLEWAKE "%%f" )

if exist "%temp%\devices.txt" del "%temp%\devices.txt"

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by:lulz
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The solution will enable any attached mouse or keyboard to wake a computer from standby.  This script can be set as a login script.
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