How can I activate the Stand By option in my freshly installed Windows XP Pro?

Colin February 11, 2011

I have reinstalled Windows XP Pro. The Stand By option is unavailable, I can only Restart or Shut Down. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  1. Colin
    February 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Downloaded & installed VGA controller driver. Problem sorted. Thanks to all that replied.

    • Tina
      February 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm


      glad you were able to fix the problem and thank you for the feedback!

  2. Aibek
    February 20, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Hey Colin,

    Were you able to activate the Stand By mode on your system? Let us know.


    • Colin
      February 20, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      Device Manager shows there is a problem with the VGA controller and other devices. I presume this is fault with the drivers?

    February 11, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Hello, If your power management setting are ok, have you installed all the current drivers for your system? Make sure that you install/update the drivers for your system including video, sound card and network drivers. Go to your motherboard's or computer's manufacturer and download the drivers that apply to your system. Check device manager for any problems with your drivers. If there is a problem with your driver it will show a question mark, etc.

    -- windows key + Pause/Break key
    -- click on hardware tab
    -- click on device manager
    -- Expand and check on your devices, especially the display adapters

  4. Anonymous
    February 11, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    The stand by button is greyed out when A) your computer is too old to support the
    Advanced Control Power Interface (ACPI) or B) ACPI is not configured properly.
    Start->Control Panel->System->Hardware tab->Device Manager button. Do any of the
    items have a red 'X' or a yellow '!' beside them?

    Reinstall the chipset drivers and/or video drivers then reboot.And make sure all the power management options are enabled in the bios.

    This behavior occurs if the computer is using a VGA video driver. The VGA driver supplies basic video functionality only. The VGA driver does not supply power management functionality, because that functionality is specific to individual video cards.

    Standby & Hibernate Issues in Windows XP

  5. Tina
    February 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm


    are you sure you cannot see the Standby option? That's odd. Usually, it's the Hibernate option that needs to be activated manually.

    Maybe your computer does not support APM (Advanced Power Management), and thus the option is not available, even though you reinstalled the operating system. Check your device manager whether it contains an entry that is called 'Advanced Power Management Support'. If yes, try to remove it and reboot your computer.

    This Microsoft Windows XP article [BROKEN LINK REMOVED] has more insight on how to use the Standby option. However, it does not cover anything on how to activate Standby in case it is not available.

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