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Coffee 1.0.4 (64-bit)

Prevent Windows from going to sleep during a lengthy download with this simple utility

by Joe Cassels

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (64 bit)
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 28 May 2014
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Downloads To Date: 591
Developer: Steven Cole
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Coffee 1.0.4
Coffee prevents your computer from hibernating when there's an active download in progress.

A big download is often best run overnight, when your neighbours aren’t competing for internet bandwidth and your PC isn't in constant use. It isn't the best option environmentally, but most people usually decide that it's better to take the hit on the electricity bill rather than stay up until the small hours.

To prevent your PC going into hibernation and prematurely terminating the download, you need to go into Power Options and disable hibernate and sleep. The problem is that then the computer remains on at full power after the download is done and you also need to go back and put the settings right afterwards.

Coffee is a simple program that prevents your PC from going into hibernation while there's network activity on a specified connection. It's pretty easy to get up and running. Once installed and launched, just select the network adapter that you want to monitor and pick the minimum download rate you want to use to keep the computer awake. Only if the network transfer rate drops below this will Coffee let your computer hibernate.

You can also prevent hibernation completely by clicking Sleep Blockers – this may need confirming via User Account Control. A new window called Milk opens, showing any processes that are using the network connection and ultimately preventing Windows from being able to sleep. Just press [F5] here to refresh the details shown.

To return your PC to its normal power settings, allowing it to sleep or hibernate again as necessary, just close the Milk window followed by the main Coffee window.

Version 1.0.4:
 - Fix: When you change driver/network card and you restart Coffee it will now not fail with a .NET error.
 

Verdict:

Coffee offers a good way to temporarily keep your PC awake during network transfers without messing around in power settings.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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