This post shows students and new users the steps to verify if a computer or laptop is compatible with Modern Standby on Windows 11. Modern Standby also known as (S0 low power idle), is an enhanced power sleep mode that takes advantage of all the capabilities of a modern chipset to stay connected to networks while in a low power saving state.

Modern Standby also enables an instant on and off user experience similar to mobile devices while also connected to networks in low power idle mode.

This improved power saving mode extends the previous one S3 – classic low-power mode that puts hardware to sleep to save power or battery. The S3 power model is an older standard and is not capable of instantly About or Off that new devices should have today.

Modern standby can be in two states: Connected or Disconnected Express. In a connected state, network connections are active. In a disconnected state, there are no active network connections, but they will allow for longer battery life.

Here’s how to determine if your device supports Modern Standby in Windows 11.

How to determine if the device supports Modern Standby in Windows 11

As mentioned above, one can check if their device supports modern standby by running a simple command. Here’s how to find out.

First, open the command prompt or Windows terminal.

In Windows Terminal, you can either stay with the command prompt or switch to the PowerShell console.

Then run the following commands and press GET INTO to display the power sleep capabilities of your device.

powercfg -a

When you run the above command, it will display the power sleep status and capabilities of your system.

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Systems with Modern Standby support:

Windows 11 Power Sleep Status Available Updated

If your device does not support modern standby, it will display something similar to the highlighted line below.

Modern Standby Bracketless Systems:

Windows 11 Power Sleep Status Unavailable Updated

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In this tutorial we have seen how to determine if your device supports modern standby in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, use the comment form below.

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