Windows is designed to automatically sleep or hibernate after a few minutes of inactivity. In the default Windows settings, it turns off the monitor after 10 minutes of inactivity and enters the sleep mode after 30 minutes of inactivity. The Auto Mouse Mover software keeps moving your mouse every few seconds and thus prevents your PC from being inactive or idle.
You can download Auto Mouse Mover from the MurGee software website. The download is less than one megabytes in size and takes less than one second to download on a standard broadband Internet connection. The software is available both as an installer and as a portable application. You can use any of these versions on your Windows PC. When you run Auto Mouse Mover, it hides itself into the system tray with a blue colored A icon. You can double-click on this icon to open its settings.
You can configure to start or stop the mouse cursor movements by using a hotkey; start the movement when applications starts and stop the movement when it stops; or start the movement if your PC is idle for 5 seconds. The mouse cursor keeps moving 5 pixels to the left and 5 pixels to the right alternatively. This prevents your computer from entering the idle state. You can also adjust the number of pixels to move the cursor.
Although you can configure the Windows Power settings through the control panel and disable your PC from going to sleep or turning off the monitor after it has been idle for some time, but changing settings from the Control Panel requires administrator privileges. You can just use the Auto Mouse Mover application and prevent your PC from getting idle or inactive. The good thing is that it does not even require any administrator level permissions.
You can download the Auto Mouse Mover from http://www.murgee.com/auto-mouse-mover/.