Recently I have been having a problem with Windows 7 not being able to sleep. After digging around in the power settings I found the culprit – media sharing. Here is how to turn it off.

  1. Go the power settings in the control panel.
  2. Click on “Change plan settings” next to the active power plan.
  3. power_plan

  4. Go to “Advanced power settings”.
  5. adv_power

  6. Scroll down to “Multimedia settings” and make sure “When sharing media” is set to “Allow the computer to sleep”.
  7. sleep

    There you have it. Now your pc will be able to sleep again.