VBoxSVC.exe wakes up Windows 10 host

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VBoxSVC.exe wakes up Windows 10 host

Postby marrak » 21. Aug 2015, 18:18

I've recently updated Windows 7 to Windows 10 and VirtualBox from 4 to 5.0.2 r102096. When VirtualBox is running and I use hibernate or sleep Windows option, after about one minute Windows starts running...

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Owner: [PROCESS] \Device\HarddiskVolume2\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxSVC.exe

Guest is Linux Debian.
On VirtualBox 4.1.20 I have no problem, it works well. I didn't change any settings (bar change of system :D )

Thanks for any ideas to fix or disable it.
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Re: VBoxSVC.exe wakes up Windows 10 host

Postby drorh » 23. Aug 2015, 10:53

I am seeing the same behavior but I am still on Windows 7 which tells me it is probably not related to the version of Windows but the version of VirtualBox.

This is really annoying as my laptops awakes in its bad and starts frying its own brain. Any hint on disabling this auto-wake would be appreciated.
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Re: VBoxSVC.exe wakes up Windows 10 host

Postby Perryg » 23. Aug 2015, 13:30

These kinds of problems that are reproducible should be reported to bugtracker.
It would also help if you can post the ticket number here so other can see the progress, add information, or see the final results.
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Re: VBoxSVC.exe wakes up Windows 10 host

Postby Stokes » 9. Oct 2015, 17:27

I have this problem too. Has it already been logged as a bug?
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Re: VBoxSVC.exe wakes up Windows 10 host

Postby ethan_webspec » 13. Apr 2016, 17:15

Created a bug report. It won't let me put a link in my first post, but it's ticket 15307.

If someone has solved this, that would be the place to mention it.
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Re: VBoxSVC.exe wakes up Windows 10 host

Postby Sygmoral » 13. Aug 2016, 06:22

I have been rather annoyed at this issue myself, but it appears to have gone since I set Power Options > Advanced settings > Sleep > Allow wake timers to Disable.

Before that, I used to circumvent the issue by unplugging the power cord to my laptop when I put it to hibernation. Not sure why that actually worked, as the Wake Timers settings was identical for On battery and Plugged in.

Here is the bug report mentioned above: https://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/15307
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Re: VBoxSVC.exe wakes up Windows 10 host

Postby blubbb » 5. Apr 2019, 16:27

Possible cause and solution here:


SetWaitableTimer is called with last parameter true. The last parameter is whether or not to resume the system. This results exactly in the described behaviour.

https://www.virtualbox.org/browser/vbox ... n.cpp#L192
Line 192.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/window ... tabletimer
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