Intel(R) Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology Application Service Preventing Windows from Sleeping

13
Nov
2017

Intel(R) Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology Application Service Preventing Windows from Sleeping

Here's a public service announcement for those of you fighting to a) prevent the Intel(R) Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology application from popping up after every login, and b) prevent the Intel(R) Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology Application Service from waking your computer from sleep mode.

I'm really not sure what intel was thinking when they released this application. It took a while for me to track down a solution to the annoying popup at start, as well as to discover that the service was causing my computer to 'wake up' immediately after sleeping. I rely on sleep mode to save power and keep things cool until my own scheduled tasks 'kick off' to run things like regular backups.

It turns out that the application start command is in a scheduled task under Windows 10 Task Scheduler. The task is called Intel(R) Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology Application Launcher. It's meant to run only at login, and incorrectly has the 'Wake the computer to run this task' condition set. Argh. The thing is - you can't change this task, and you can't delete it (at least not easily) as the Windows Service that is running will bring it back again (with the incorrect settings). You can however, disable the task - which will prevent the application from popping up at login. You also need to disable the Windows Service Intel(R) Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology Application Service - or this service will recreate/re-enable the scheduled task.

And so the two things you need to do are:

  1. Disable the Task Scheduler task: Intel(R) Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology Application Launcher
  2. Disable the Windows Service: Intel(R) Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology Application Service

Intel(R) Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology will still work (if you leave it enabled in the BIOS of your computer) without the service or the schedule task.

Oh and for finding tasks, services or processes that either prevent your computer from sleeping, or wake the computer immediately after sleeping - run an administrator level command prompt and type powercfg /requests, and powercfg /lastwake

For a definitive guide to power options under Windows (and still relevent for Windows 10) take a look at Power Options and Sleep Mode Problems

Hope this helps....