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9:02 am on Feb 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hello and thanks in advance...

don't know if this is the right forum for my question, but here goes.

Is it possible to use windows schedule to force my pc to start on a specific time?
I mean: from switched off status, to power up, open, login with my account.

Can this be accomblished with the win schedule? Or perhaps with some other application?

Thanks for any info on this.

9:21 am on Feb 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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That's not a Windows function, but rather your PC's BIOS. You would need Wake on LAN enabled to have the system be powered on remotely. There are a variety of programs that use this functionality to turn on systems that are shut-down.
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well i am not looking to power up remotely.... i would like the pc to power up at a specific time, execute some jobs (backup some files for example) and then power down.

I can't see how Wake on Lan could help me in this... and i don't seem to have this function on my Bios.

So is there anything else that could help me? Or should i leave the pc on stand by?

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Depending on your BIOS some machines will also include a timer that will power the machine on and off at specific times. I believe that's related to the same system that uses Wake on LAN.

Windows cannot instigate a Wake on LAN on itself. In other words, it can't power itself on. That's the problem you're going to run into if your BIOS doesn't support WoL.

Leaving the machine on and using Window's Scheduled Tasks sounds like it would be your best alternative. You could write a batch file to shut the system down after the tasks are run.