If you work daily on your computer on a scheduled time (for example – working hours while working from home), you have to turn on your PC at the same time everyday. While it’s not a big task but it is repetitive and surely takes some time. However, you can easily turn on or power on your PC automatically on a schedule by changing BIOS or UEFI settings.
So, by the time you will get ready for your office work, your computer will also be ready. The “Wake Up on Alarm” feature of BIOS or UEFI systems allows you to turn on your computer at a scheduled time. This feature is available in most of the new systems but you may also find this feature in some old BIOS’ as well.
Automatically Turn On your PC on a Schedule using “Wake Up on Alarm”
Wake Up on Alarm feature is available in most of the systems but it’s name may not be same everywhere. So, you will have to look around a bit. Let’s start with entering the BIOS first.
Step 1: Boot into BIOS or UEFI Settings
First step in the process is to boot into BIOS or UEFI settings. You can do so by pressing the specified key for your motherboard brand. Below is the list of boot keys for major brands. After that, we will look for settings to Automatically Power ON your PC.
|Acer||Press F12 as the Acer Logo appears.|
|ASUS||Press DELETE key while booting up.|
|DELL||Press F12 when the Dell Logo is displayed.|
|HP||Press F9 when the HP Logo is displayed.|
|Lenovo||Press F12 when the Lenovo Logo is displayed.|
|Toshiba||Press F12 or F2 when the Toshiba Logo appears.|
|Others||Try pressing Esc, F1-F12 or Enter key during bootup.|
After pressing the correct key, you will get into BIOS or UEFI screen.
Step 2: Configure BIOS/UEFI to Automatically Power ON your PC
As mentioned earlier the process might be a little different for different brands. So, we have explained the process here for HP and Lenovo PCs for your reference. However, the process is quite similar on other brands as well.
For HP systems, you need to look for schedule power on settings in Power or Advanced menu. We have used HP ProDesk 260 G3 system in this tutorial.
We found the automatic power on setting with the name BIOS Power-On in Advanced settings tab. Select BIOS Power-On and press Enter to configure the schedule to automatically power on your PC.
Finally, save the settings and next time, your PC will turn ON automatically at the scheduled time.
In Lenovo computers, you can find it under Power settings tab. We have used ThinkStation P710 Lenovo PC in this tutorial. You can use Lenovo’s BIOS simulator to look for the settings for your Lenovo PC Model.
So, go to Power tab and select Automatic Power On option to configure your PC to turn on automatically. Finally, press Enter to see more settings.
After that, scroll down to Wake Up on Alarm and set it to User Defined. Doing so will enable User Defined Alarm option. So, select User Defined Alarm and press Enter to configure the schedule.
Now, you can set the schedule for turning on your PC automatically. Make sure to save the settings before exiting the BIOS/UEFI.
Power On your PC Automatically and Speed up your Work
Above tutorial explained how you can setup your PC to automatically turn ON a schedule. Though we have explained the process for Lenovo and HP PCs but the process is quite similar for other brands as well. However, if your PC doesn’t support this feature, you won’t be able to configure your PC to automatically power ON on a schedule.
Hope you liked this tutorial. In case you are facing issues with the process, feel free to comment below. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Besides scheduled power ON, you can also check this tutorial to speed up your Windows 10 or 11 PC.