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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Aug 10, 2010

It happens periodically that our computer shuts down, restarts, or hibernates when we really don't want it to. It's true that we could adjust the settings for these actions, but we don't always think to do that. Don't Sleep is a simple utility that blocks computers from performing these and other actions. It really doesn't do anything that you can't do on your own in Windows, but it is handy to have all of these controls in one easy-to-access interface.

The program's design is utilitarian, just a small gray rectangle with a few check boxes and drop-down menus. Users can choose to block shutdown, hibernation, log-off, and screensaver activation. An optional timer lets users choose when they want to exit Don't Sleep, and the program can simply stop running or stop running and shut down or hibernate the computer. Users can also select a time for the program to start running, anywhere from 5 minutes to 48 hours in the future. A menu gives users access to several Windows utilities, including the Task Manager, System Properties, Power Option Properties, and Display Properties. There's no Help file, and although Don't Sleep isn't really difficult to figure out, it does assume some level of familiarity with its subject manner. Overall, Don't Sleep didn't wow us--much of what it does can be done within Windows without a separate application--but the program works just fine. Users who often need to block or schedule computer shutdowns should find that it meets their needs.

Don't Sleep comes as a ZIP file. It's accessible after extraction with no need for installation. We recommend this program to all users.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.03

Version 3.03 includes corrections when displaying the main menu on use of multiple monitors.

General

Release August 22, 2013
Date Added August 23, 2013
Version 3.03

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 56,155
Downloads Last Week 12
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Developer's Description

Don't Sleep is a small portable program to avoid system shutdown, Standby, Hibernate, and different power options, especially when old Programs run on Windows-7 or Windows Vista. Here are more aggressive power-saving features with new rules. But not only that, it also prevents log in off the computer, and the deactivation of the monitor or activation of the screen saver.