If you encounter the Sleep option missing in Windows 11, don’t panic. Run the power troubleshooter, update the display drivers, or change power and sleep-related settings in the Control Panel or Local Group Policy Editor.
- The Sleep option in Windows 11 may disappear due to outdated drivers/Windows, inaccurate settings, and more.
- First, power cycle your computer to clear out any temporary bugs or glitches hindering the Windows 11 features.
- Use the Power troubleshooter, update/reinstall the Display drivers, and modify Group Policy settings if the problem persists.
How To Bring Back The Missing Sleep Option In Windows 11?
Some reasons why the Sleep option may suddenly disappear from the Power menu could be:
- Incorrect Sleep settings in the Group Policy Editor or Control Panel.
- Outdated or corrupt Display drivers.
- Using an outdated version of Windows.
- Inconfigured Power options.
What To Do If Sleep Option Is Missing In Windows 11?
These are the methods to eliminate the Sleep option trouble on your computer:
- Change Control Panel Settings.
- Reset Power Plans.
- Modify Local Group Policy.
- Inspect Sleep Settings.
- Update Display Driver.
- Reinstall Display Driver.
- Roll Back Display Driver.
- Use Power Troubleshooter.
- Perform SFC And DISM Scans.
- Undo Windows Update.
- Run A System Restore.
- Repair With Windows ISO File.
Change Control Panel Settings
You can modify and adjust the Sleep option settings for your Windows 11 PC using the Control Panel. Verify that you have given the relevant permissions for the Sleep button to appear in the Power menu.
Here are the steps you can follow:
- Launch the “Control Panel.”
- Select “System And Security.”
- Under “Power Options,” click “Choose What The Power Button Do.”
- If you see no tick behind the “Sleep” box, choose “Change Settings That Are Currently Unavailable.”
- Mark the “Sleep” option and press “Save Changes.”
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Reset Power Plans
As per a user PrabhsimratGill in the Microsoft Community, this method effectively resolved the issue for their Windows 10 computer, so we tried it on our Windows 11 as well. Open the “Command Prompt” window and execute the code “powercfg -restoredefaultschemes.” This will reset all power-related settings to default. Restart your computer to apply the new settings.
Modify Local Group Policy
The Local Group Policy Editor has a dedicated option to enable or disable the Sleep option from the Power menu. Thus, we checked if it was configured correctly on our system.
Verify that the Sleep option is enabled:
- Type “gpedit.msc” in the “Run” menu and hit “Enter.” This should take you to the Local Group Policy window.
- Under “Computer Configuration,” select “Administrative Template.”
- Go to “Windows Components” from the sub-options and choose “File Explorer.”
- On the right, click “Show Sleep In The Power Options Menu.”
- Check the circle beside “Enabled” in the window.
- Then, select “Apply.”
- Restart the computer.
Inspect Sleep Settings
On the other hand, we also inspected the relevant Sleep settings in the Group Policy Editor menu to see if they were causing the trouble.
Ensure the correct Sleep settings with these instructions:
- Once again, open “Local Group Policy Editor” and head to “Administrative Template.”
- Select “System” followed by “Power Management.”
- Open “Sleep Settings.”
- Double-click “Allow Standby States (S1-S3) When Sleeping (Plugged-In).
- Mark “Enabled” and hit “Apply.”
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Update Display Drivers
Another fix we found while troubleshooting this issue was to update the Display drivers on our Windows 11 PC. You can do it through the manufacturer’s website or by searching automatically for the updates. Several YouTube users like @tranthanhtoan07 and @wl9521 also verified that this method fixed the issue on their end.
Reinstall Display Driver
Moreover, you can also reinstall the display drivers on your system to clear any bugs or glitches within them. Hence, all the settings will be restored to default.
Use the following steps to delete and reinstall the Display Drivers:
- Use the “Start” menu to head to “Device Manager.”
- Find and expand “Display Adapters.”
- Right-click on the display adapter currently in use.
- Press “Uninstall Device” from the mini-menu.
- Restart your computer to install the display drivers automatically.
Roll Back Display Driver
Alternatively, you can undo the updates for the Display driver if the Sleep option disappears after updating the driver. This is a widely recommended fix for this trouble and has been confirmed by many users in the Microsoft Community, like DaveM121, so our team tested it.
Move to a previous driver version:
- Perform “Step 1 to Step 3” from the above method.
- Select “Properties” from the mini-menu.
- Open the “Driver” section.
- Notice the “Roll Back Driver” option. If it is clickable, then click on it.
Use Power Troubleshooter
Windows 11 has many built-in troubleshooters that help users with multiple aspects of their computer. Therefore, we ran the Power troubleshooter to identify and resolve the problem.
Here is how you can find and run the troubleshooter:
- Right-click on the “Start” menu on the “Taskbar.”
- Pick “Settings.”
- Highlight “System” on the left bar.
- Choose “Troubleshoot.”
- Select “Other Troubleshooters” on this screen.
- Find “Power” and click on the “Run” button in front of it.
- The feature will scan for any persisting causes for the error and fix them.
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Perform SFC And DISM Scans
System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Image Servicing Management (DISM) are two scans that can identify and fix corrupt or missing files on your system. This is one reason why you may encounter the sleep option missing in Windows 11.
Hence, use the following codes in Command Prompt to go ahead with this solution:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
Undo Windows Update
Other than the above fixes, we noted that installing corrupt or faulty Windows updates can also interfere with the system’s functioning. Hence, use this method if you recently installed the latest updates for your Windows 11.
These are the complete to uninstall Windows updates:
- Launch the “Settings” menu and go to the last option on the left pane, “Windows Update.”
- Choose “Update History.”
- Press “Uninstall Updates.”
- Highlight and right-click the topmost update file. Then, click on “Uninstall” on the upper panel.
- Select “Yes” to proceed.
- Decide to “Restart Now” in the prompt box.
Run A System Restore
You can return your computer to a specific restore point when this trouble does not exist. However, this fix applies if System Restore points exist on your computer. User PacificSurf on Eleven Forum confirmed that the method worked for them.
Proceed with these prescribed steps:
- Open the “Search” bar and navigate to “Control Panel.”
- Click “System And Security.”
- Choose “Recovery.”
- Proceed to “Open System Restore.”
- Hit “Next.”
- Highlight the relevant restore point and press “Next” in the dialog box.
- Select “Finish.”
Repair With Windows ISO File
- Download the Windows 11 ISO File on your computer.
- Turn off the WiFi connectivity and disconnect all external hardware except the mouse and the keyboard.
- Next, disable any third-party antivirus apps, like McAfee or Avast.
- Head to the location where the ISO File is installed and double-click on the file.
- Run the “Setup.exe.”
- Choose the “Upgrade” option in the dialog box.
Incorrect Sleep-related configurations, outdated Display driver/Windows version, and corrupt files can cause this issue in your computer. Run the Power troubleshooter, perform SFC and DISM scans, and update/reinstall Display drivers on your PC. Installing faulty or corrupt Windows updates can lead to this issue. Uninstall the latest updates to resolve the problem.
Frequently Asked Questions
Incorrect Sleep-related configurations, outdated Display driver/Windows version, and corrupt files can cause this issue in your computer.
Run the Power troubleshooter, perform SFC and DISM scans, and update/reinstall Display drivers on your PC.
Installing faulty or corrupt Windows updates can lead to this issue. Uninstall the latest updates to resolve the problem.
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