Quick tip: Coffee stops your PC going to sleep while downloading

Ever been partway through a huge download, and Windows sends your PC to sleep? We have the answer.

Ever been partway through a huge download, and Windows sends your PC to sleep, forcing you to start again? We have the answer.

The problem is in applications not being written with Windows' sleep APIs in mind. Firefox is a huge culprit, having not been compliant for at least six years.

Built for Windows 7 and Vista, Coffee is the answer to your prayers. It monitors a specific network interface, and, if it detects downloading or uploading at a higher rate than the user sets, it prevents the computer from sleeping. Setting the threshold to 0 tells Coffee to stop monitoring.

We knew Coffee was great for many things, but preventing broken downloads is a new one. (Screenshot by Craig Simms/CNET)

Once set to run with Windows through the Extra tab, it'll sit in your system tray, making sure you don't suffer from broken downloads again.

About the author

Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.


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