How to Turn on Wake Timers in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable Wake Timers in Windows 11. Windows uses wake-on-timer to perform scheduled tasks. For example, you can schedule a task to wake a PC up from sleep and hibernation or to automatically install updates at scheduled time.

Whether you want your PC to stay awake to install updates or stay awake to connect to it remotely, using the steps below should help you get it done.

If a PC supports it, a better option to wake a PC up and connect to it remotely would be Wake-On-LAN feature. It comes with ready to use with some network adapters and Windows systems. If a PC doe not support Wake-on-LAN, then using Wake Timer with scheduled tasks should also work.

How to set up Wake Timers in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows can be set up to wake up and a specific time using Wake Timer and scheduled events. Wake Time specifies whether the system uses the system-wide wake-on-timer capability.

The system can automatically use wake-on-timer on capable hardware to perform scheduled tasks. For example, the system might wake automatically to install updates.

To enable or disable wake timers, first open the Control Panel in Windows 11.

In the Control Panel app, click Hardware and Sound category.

windows 11 contorl panel hardware and sound group

 Then select Power Options as highlighted below.

windows 11 power options select

Next, select Change plan settings link as highlighted below.

windows 11 control panel change plan settings

For the current power plan, click Change advanced power settings link as highlighted below.

windows 11 change advanced power settings

On the advanced power options windows, expand Sleep, then expand:

Allow wake timers:

  • On battery: Enable
  • Plugged in: Enable

then configure the wake time to Enable as highlighted below.

windows 11 enable wake timers

Click OK to save your changes and exit.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable Wake Timers in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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