Microsoft Releases PowerToys 0.41.2 with the new Awake tool

Following the release of the first public Windows 11 build, Microsoft is now rolling out a new PowerTools version. Build 0.41.2 is notable for including a new tool, Awake, that prevents your PC from going into sleep mode without disabling it.


PowerToys is a modern set useful tools inspired by a Windows 95-era software of the same name. PowerToys are well known for adding extra value to built-in tools and options of the OS. Modern PowerToys allow you having Windows 11-like window management in Windows 10, bulk image resizing and batch file renaming, a powerful launcher with plugin support, the ability to remap keyboard shortcuts and individual keys, and much more.

Here's what's new in PowerToys 0.41.2

  • New Awake utility added! Power-Users can now keep their computer awake on-demand without having to manage its power settings.
  • Better zoom in Color Picker
  • Shortcut guide removed support for long Win press to activate. Now supports Win + ? by default
  • Turned off FancyZones canvas editor magnetic snapping to allow keyboard support
  • Updated Color Picker GIF for OOBE.
  • Removed outdated MSIX code
  • Upgraded all projects to Modern WPF 0.94
  • Dropped support for the module interface API to save settings
  • Removed Winstore dependency
  • Various OOBE and appearance improvements.
  • A bug fix for Image Resizer where specifying a width but no height generated a 1x1 px image instead of auto-adjusting the height.
  • Fixed File Explorer crash when running PowerRename
  • Customize key-binding from settings menu for Shortcut Guide

You can download PowerToys for free from GitHub. The project is open-source, which means everyone can contribute to its growth and development.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

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One thought on “Microsoft Releases PowerToys 0.41.2 with the new Awake tool”

  1. It takes me exactly 4 clicks (1 right click and 3 left clicks) to change the sleep time on my windows 10 pc.

    How many clicks does it take to do the same exact thing with this new ‘tool’?

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