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When you deploy Microsoft Windows XP with the Microsoft Windows System Preparation Tool (Sysprep), you may want to disable the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power network adapter power management setting on some computers. If you disable this setting on portable computers, it may help preserve battery power when the network adapter causes the computer to resume unexpectedly.
You can use Device Manager to change the power management settings for a network adapter. To disable this setting in Device Manager, expand Network Adapters, right-click the adapter, click Properties, click the Power Management tab, and then clear the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power check box.
However, with some Windows XP installations, you may want to use the Windows XP registry or the Sysprep utility to disable the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power network adapter power management setting.
How to use Registry Editor to disable network adapter power management on a single computerImportant This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To use Registry Editor to disable the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power network adapter setting for a single computer, follow these steps:
How to disable network adapter power management with a registry file that you can include with your Windows XP deploymentYou can create a registry (.reg) file that disables the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power setting. When you use the Sysprep utility, you can include the registry file as part of your Windows XP deployment. To create the registry file, follow these steps:
For additional information about how to use the Sysprep utility to deploy Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302577/ )How to use Sysprep.exe tool to automate successful deployment of Windows XP