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

Whether you want to wake up your PC to install and apply updates, or make sure your PC is awake to connect to it remotely, following the steps below should help you do so.

If supported by a PC, a better option to wake up a PC and connect to it would be the Wake-On-LAN feature. It comes ready to use with some network adapters and Windows systems. If a PC does not support Wake-on-LAN, using the Wake Timer with the scheduled task should also work.

How to configure wake timers in Windows 11

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

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

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

In the Control Panel application, click Hardware and sound category.

windows 11 contorl panel hardware and soundgroup

Then select Power options as highlighted below.

select windows 11 power options

Then select Change plan settings link as highlighted below.

windows 11 control panel change plan settings

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

Windows 11 changes advanced power settings

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

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Allow alarm clocks:

  • In the battery: Let
  • Connected: Let

then set the activation time to Enable as highlighted below.

Windows 11 enables wake-up timers

Click okay to save your changes and exit.

You should do that!


In this tutorial we have seen how to enable or disable Wake Timers in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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