Preventing Windows from automatically powering down a USB port

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  1. Open the Windows Control Panel (WCP)

  2. Open the Device Manager

    • in Windows XP, run the WCP's System applet and then click the Device Manager button on the System Properties window's Hardware tab

    • in Vista, run the WCP's System and Maintenance applet and then click the System link in the System and Maintenance window, and then click the Device Manager link on the left side of the System window

    • in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10, run the WCP's System and Security applet and then click the Device Manager link in the System section

  3. Expand the Universal Serial Bus Controllers entry; for each USB Root Hub and Generic USB Hub in the expanded list,

    1. Open the Power Management tab

    2. Uncheck the Allow Windows to turn off this device to save power

  4. Some of Windows' power saving features may degrade USB port performance. Run the Power Options applet in the Windows Control Panel and

    1. Select the Power plan labeled High Performance; note that it may be necessary to expand the section labeled Show additional plans in order to see the High Performance option

    2. Disable automatic hibernation and sleep options
    3. On Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10,
      1. follow the Change Plan Settings link to the Edit Plan Settings window

      2. follow the Change Advanced Power Settings link to the the Advanced Power Settings window

      3. expand the USB Settings entry

      4. disable the USB selective suspend setting entry's On battery and Plugged in settings


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PreventUSBPortPowerDown (last edited 2017-04-12 19:55:59 by AA6YQ)