Away Mode in Windows is similar to Sleep and Hibernate Mode, it turns off the power of most equipment to save energy and can be fast woken up. Away Mode is designed to enable media PC scenarios that include background media sharing and recording. When the computer is in Away Mode, the system appears off to the userâ€”the display is off and audio is muted. However, the PC remains in the on state and otherwise fully operational, allowing background tasks to continue.
Away Mode is designed specifically for scenarios where the user is done interacting with the computer, but the system must remain powered on to record a TV broadcast or share media files with other systems and devices. For example, the system might be providing access to Windows Media Center Extender or other consumer electronics devices and therefore must remain available even though the user is not interacting with the system at the local console. Away Mode enables a living room media PC to respond to a userâ€™s power on-off requests in the same manner as a television or set-top box that might appear off, but actually continues working.
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Allow Away Mode Policy” setting under Sleep in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.