Add Networking Connectivity in Standby to Power Options in Windows 10

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How to Add Networking Connectivity in Standby to Power Options in Windows 10

As you may already know from our previous articles, devices that support Modern Standby are able to keep a network connection active when in sleep mode. If you prefer the classic Control Panel over the Settings app, you might be interested in adding the Networking Connectivity in Standby option to the classic Power Options applet. It allows managing Modern Standby, but isn't visible by default.

Windows 10 Modern Standby (Modern Standby) expands the Windows 8.1 Connected Standby power model. Connected Standby, and consequently Modern Standby, enable an instant on / instant off user experience, similar to smartphone power models. Just like the phone, the S0 low power idle model enables the system to stay up-to-date whenever a suitable network is available.

Although Modern Standby enables an instant on/off user experience like Connected Standby, Modern Standby is more inclusive than the Windows 8.1 Connected Standby power model. Modern Standby allows for market segments previously limited to the S3 power model to take advantage of the low power idle model. Example systems include systems based on rotational media and hybrid media (for example, SSD + HDD or SSHD) and/or a NIC that doesn’t support all of the prior requirements for Connected Standby.

Devices that support Modern Standby can connect or disconnect from Wi-Fi or a wireless local area network while in standby.

Connected Modern Standby will allow the device to remain connected to Wi-Fi while in standby. It will be able to receive and process notifications about new email messages, incoming calls. This is convenient, but makes the device drain the battery power faster.
Disconnected Modern Standby allows longer battery life, but the device won't notify you about new events.

By adding the Networking Connectivity in Standby option to the classic Power Options applet in Control Panel, you can use the applet to switch mode for the Modern Standby from Connected to Disconnected and vice versa.

To Add Networking Connectivity in Standby to Power Options in Windows 10,

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.
  2. Type or copy-paste the following command: powercfg -attributes F15576E8-98B7-4186-B944-EAFA664402D9 -ATTRIB_HIDE.
  3. The option is now available in the Power options applet.
  4. To undo the change, use the following command: powercfg -attributes F15576E8-98B7-4186-B944-EAFA664402D9 +ATTRIB_HIDE.

You are done. On the following screenshot, the Networking connectivity in Standby option is added to Power Options.

The values for the option are as follows.

  • Enable - Never disconnect from the network when the device is asleep and on battery power. This enables Connected Modern Standby Mode.
  • Disable - Always disconnect from the network when the device is in sleep mode on battery power. This switches the device to Disconnected Modern Standby.
  • Managed by Windows - only select apps that are allowed to run in the background can access to the network. This include any app that the user have allowed to run background tasks, and also VoIP apps.

If you have a laptop, you will be able to set this parameter individually when on battery and when plugged in.

Tip: you can open advanced settings of a power plan directly in Windows 10.

Alternatively, you can apply a Registry tweak.

Add Networking Connectivity in Standby to Open Options in Registry

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power\PowerSettings\F15576E8-98B7-4186-B944-EAFA664402D9. Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.
  3. In the right pane, change the Attributes 32-bit DWORD value to 0 to add it. See the following screenshot:
  4. Once you make these changes, the setting will appear in Power Options.
  5. A value data of 1 will remove the option.

You are done!

To save your time, you can download these ready-to-use Registry files:

Download Registry Files

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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