What is Sleep.EXE?

The genuine Sleep.EXE file is a software component of Windows Server 2003 by Microsoft.
Windows Server 2003 is an operating system designed for servers. Sleep.exe is part of the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit and runs the sleep command used for delaying execution for a few seconds or minutes inside of a batch file. Windows Server 2003, also known as Win2K3, incorporated compatibility and other features from Windows XP, and was the successor to Windows Server 2000. New and improved components included the IIS web server, Terminal Server, Distributed File System, Print Server, Active Directory, as well as many other areas. It was released on April 24, 2003. Microsoft, founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975, is the world's largest software maker with respect to revenue. Microsoft is best known for Windows. The company quickly rose to fame and fortune following the success of its 1986 public share offering turning three people into billionaires and an estimated 12,000 Microsoft employees into millionaires. Microsoft is currently based in Redmond Campus, Redmond, Washington, USA.

Sleep stands for Sleep Command

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the Sleep.EXE on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Sleep.EXE file information

The process known as IDW tools belongs to software Microsoft® Windows (version 2000 Operating System) or by Beeline or Microsoft (

Description: Sleep.EXE is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Sleep.EXE is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 18,446 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 74% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Beeline provides a support site for assistance, and an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒

Recommended: Identify Sleep.EXE related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Sleep.EXE. Therefore, you should check the Sleep.EXE process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Only if it is related to a program called Sleep My Computer, it is not dangerous, verry usefully indeed.
  PedM   (further information)
didnt work on win7pro
  Steve Best  
In my case was part of cygwin installation, a search located the program in the cygwin installation folder (cygwin/bin/sleep.exe)
  mircead52   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of Sleep.EXE: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks Sleep.EXE is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Sleep issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Sleep. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the Sleep.EXE process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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