Do you always boot your computer at the same time every day? You can activate it automatically at the time of your choice so it is ready to use when you sit in front of it.
This might seem unnecessary with a modern PC that boots fast, but we like to automate the task. This can be useful if your PC automatically boots in the middle of the night to run downloads outside business hours.
Look for Options in your PC’s BIOS or UEFI
This option is available on many PCs, but not all of them. Whether this option is available (and what it looks like) depends on the hardware of your PC.
To find options, you must visit the UEFI screen or your PC’s BIOS settings. (UEFI is a modern replacement for traditional PC BIOS.) To access it, restart your computer and press the appropriate button during the boot process – often F11, Delete, or Esc. This can be displayed on your computer during the boot-up process or your PC can boot too fast to display the screen.
On some PCs, you may need to select the “UEFI Firmware Settings” option under Troubleshoot> Advanced Options on the Windows 10 advanced boot options screen. Hold down the “Shift” key while clicking the “Restart” option in Windows 10 to access the boot options.
For more information about accessing the UEFI or BIOS settings screen, see your computer’s manual. If you installed your PC yourself, read the motherboard manual.
On the UEFI screen or BIOS settings, look for an option that will boot your PC on a schedule. On our HP PC, the options are under Advanced> BIOS Power-On.
Here, we can choose when to start and what day of the week it applies.
The options available and what they call will depend on your PC. This option will not be available in all PC configurations, so your PC may not offer it.
For example, David Murphy from Lifehacker found this option in Advanced Settings> APM Configuration> Power On By RTC. (The acronyms refer to “Advanced Power Management” and “Real Time Clock, respectively”). You may have to dig in the settings screen to find it.
How to Enter and Run the Program Automatically
If you want to save time – or make sure your PC runs certain applications and tasks at boot – you can change some additional settings.
To have your PC automatically log on to the Windows desktop at boot, you can set Windows 10 to log into your account automatically. This option has several security weaknesses, but it is available and your decision whether you want to use it.
You can also have Windows automatically start any program when you enter. Here’s how to add a program that you like to the Windows startup process.
With Windows set to start, enter, and launch programs automatically at specific times, you can make your PC do more than just boot automatically – you can automatically complete and start tasks at a certain time.
How to Make Your PC Wake Automatically from Sleep
If there is no option to enable automatic startup in your PC’s BIOS or UEFI settings screen, you can make your PC wake up from sleep automatically. This is also useful if you turn off the PC when not using it.
To set this up, use the Task Scheduler to create tasks that wake your computer at an adjustable time. You must enable “wake up timer” in Windows too, or the task will not be activated. After doing so, you can turn off the PC and will wake up at the time you choose.