Implementation Resources for Enterprises

There are many ways to activate sleep settings across entire networks of computers, including a number of native Microsoft Windows solutions, and a number of commercial software packages.

Native solutions for activating Windows sleep settings

These solutions utilize public domain software tools, and/or tools that you may already have at your disposal. Click on the links below to review information on tools to:

  1. Activate sleep settings
  2. Ensure that sleeping computers can still receive administrative software updates (such as security patches and antivirus definitions).
  3. Use a Remote Desktop Connection with a sleeping computer.

Commercial software solutions

A number of commercial software packages provide computer power management functionality for Windows, Mac, and other platforms. Some also offer a way to ensure that administrative software updates (such as Windows updates and antivirus definitions) are applied to computers that "sleep." Commercial software packages typically offer more feature-rich solutions and may deliver more energy savings, but they involve fees.

Technical assistance for network administrators

EPA contractors can answer technical questions about deploying power management settings — and about the various options for keeping sleeping PCs up to date with security and other software patches. A quick conference call can save you time researching various solutions, and arm you with lessons learned from dozens of large and small IT departments. To schedule a technical assistance call, send an email to