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What To Do If Sleep Option Is Missing In Windows 11?

Learn how to fix the Sleep option missing in Windows 11 by reinstalling display drivers, configuring Power settings, and updating the Windows.

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If you encounter the Sleep option missing in Windows 11, don’t panic since it is a widely-known issue. When I came across this after updating my PC from Windows 10, there were a few methods that effectively restored the missing Sleep option, for instance, rolling back the drivers.

Key Takeaways
  • The Sleep option in Windows 11 may disappear due to outdated drivers/Windows, inaccurate settings, and more.
  • Use the Power troubleshooter, update/reinstall the Display drivers, and repair with Windows ISO to eliminate the issue.
  • Remember to turn the antivirus back on if you disable it for any of these methods, especially when repairing with Windows ISO.

Important: Power cycle the computer, run Power troubleshooter, reinstall/update the graphics drivers and update Windows before applying the fixes below.

Method Difficulty Rating

Enable Sleep
Rated: 2/10

Roll Back Driver
Rated: 1/10

Reset Power Plans
Rated: 2/10

Use Windows ISO
Rated: 6/10


Verify Sleep Is Enabled

Double-check that you have given the relevant permissions for the Sleep button to appear in the Power menu and did not disable it mistakenly. It will not show up in the Power options if not selected. Hence, I used the following steps to check it on my PC. 

  1. Get To System Options: Launch the Control Panel > System And Security.
  2. Open Power Settings: Under Power Options, click Choose What The Power Button Do.
  3. Modify Configurations: If you see no tick behind the Sleep box, choose Change Settings That Are Currently Unavailable.
    Change Power Settings In WIndows
    Change Power Settings (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Turn On Sleep Option: Mark the box next to Sleep > Save Changes.
    Enable Sleep In Power Menu
    Enable Sleep (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Roll Back Graphics Driver

In rare cases, the driver updates you installed may be corrupt or contain bugs, disrupting the functioning of related features, such as the missing Sleep option.

A Windows Insider MVP posted on the Windows 11 Forum a way to undo the most recent updates for drivers, so I performed it on the graphics driver. It turned out that the fault was within the patch, and rolling back the driver brought back the Sleep option. Move to a previous driver version with the instructions below.

  1. Launch Device Manager: Click on the Windows Search Bar > Search for Device Manager.
  2. Move To Adapter Properties: Expand Display Adapter > Right-click on the relevant adapter > Properties.
    Choose Properties
    Choose Properties For Graphics Driver (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Roll Back Driver: Open the Driver tab > Notice the Roll Back Driver option. If it is clickable, then click on it.
    Roll Back Driver To Previous Version
    Roll Back Driver (Image By Tech4Gamers)
Note: If the option is greyed out, there are no latest driver updates to uninstall.

Reset Power Plans

There are defined Command Prompt codes to control various aspects of Windows, including resetting the power plans to default. Doing so will reverse any faulty changes you might have made to the power settings. Hence, I executed powercfg -restoredefaultschemes in CMD, and it did the trick. Just make sure to restart the computer to apply the new settings. 

Reset Power Plan In Command Prompt
Reset Power Plan Code (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Repair With Windows ISO File

Lastly, I tested revamping Windows 11 using the ISO File to troubleshoot problems with its features. It repairs Windows installation in case any faults or glitches occurred during the process, leading to this particular issue. So, perform a Windows repair with this quick method.
  1. Install ISO File: Download the Windows 11 ISO File on your computer.
  2. Remove Peripherals: Turn off the WiFi connectivity > Disconnect all external hardware except the mouse and the keyboard.
  3. Turn Off Antivirus: Disable any third-party antivirus apps, like McAfee or Avast.
  4. Open ISO File: Head to the location where the ISO File is installed > Double-click on the file.
  5. Run The Setup: Select Setup.exe.
    Click On Setup File
    Click On Setup File (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  6. Upgrade: Choose the Upgrade option in the dialog box.

The solution also worked for a user on Microsoft Community when suggested by an Independent Advisor. 


Final Words

Lots of users have been complaining about the same problem in Windows 11, as evidenced by multiple threads on Reddit. Furthermore, when a user on X tweeted about the issue, Microsoft Support promptly reached out, requesting the user to direct message (DM) them regarding the problem, but no official solutions were provided.

These little issues have greatly affected the user experience on Windows 11, with newer bugs coming up every day without any official acknowledgements from Microsoft. There have been similar problems like the screen stuck on restarting or the Quick Access menu missing in Windows 11

Nonetheless, the fixes mentioned above were of great help to me in resolving this frustrating trouble in my Windows OS.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is Sleep Option Missing In Windows 11?

Incorrect Sleep-related configurations, outdated Display driver/Windows version, and corrupt files can cause this issue in your computer.

How To Fix The Sleep Option Missing In Windows 11?

Run the Power troubleshooter, perform SFC and DISM scans, and update/reinstall Display drivers on your PC.

Can Faulty Windows Updates Cause The Sleep Option To Disappear?

Installing faulty or corrupt Windows updates can lead to this issue. Uninstall the latest updates to resolve the problem.


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