When the computer is in sleep mode, you must press any button to wake the system up. But, we can also set the time for the PC to wake up automatically. This is especially useful if you want to wake up your PC to load data during off-peak hours or initiate actions before waking up in the morning without leaving it running all night.
How to automatically wake up Windows on schedule
To wake up a Windows PC on a schedule, there are two main steps. First, you need to enable Wake Timer in Windows 10. Next, create a scheduled task that runs a simple command, sending a signal to the Wake Timer. These are the exact steps to take.
1. Open Windows 10 Settings. You can do that by pressing the Win + I keyboard shortcut.
2. Go to the System> Power & Sleep page .
3. Click the Additional power settings link under Related settings.
4. Now, click on Change plan settings next to the currently active plan.
5. Click the Change advanced power settings link .
6. Expand Sleep options .
7. Expand the option Allow wake timers.
8. Select Enabled from the drop-down menu.
9. Click the Apply button > OK .
10. Now, open the Start menu.
11. Find and open Task Scheduler.
12. After opening the Task Scheduler application, click the Create basic task option .
13. Give the task a name and click Next.
14. Select the schedule to start the task on. In our case, the task starts only once. If you want to repeat the task, choose Daily, Weekly or Monthly .
15. Configure the task schedule. Depending on the option you selected earlier, the options on this screen will vary. Click Next after configuration.
16. Select the option Start a program .
17. Enter cmd.exe in the Program / script field.
18. Type / c “exit” in the Arguments field . Click Next.
19. Review the scheduled task and click Finish.
20. Close Task Scheduler.
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