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Wake On LAN (WOL) may not work on Systems Running Windows 8.x or Windows 10

Article ID: 303
Last updated: 04 May, 2016
Article ID: 303
Last updated: 04 May, 2016
Revision: 5
Views: 2527
Posted: 18 Mar, 2014
by Paul Watkins
Updated: 04 May, 2016
by Andrew Sharrad

Problem

Due to the way in which Windows 8.x handles system and device power states there may be some instances where a desktop or notebook computer cannot be remotely switched on by a "Wake on LAN" (WOL) command. The same model of system can be remotely switched on using WOL if the system is running Windows 7.

Cause

The Windows 8 Fast Boot feature also controls how the system is shutdown. The mode that Windows 8 uses to power down devices can leave the system not able to respond to WOL commands.

Resolution

To resolve this problem, turn off Windows 8 fast boot features.

Steps

  • In Control Panel, open the Hardware and Sound item.

  • Then open the Power Options item.

  • Click the Choose what the power buttons do link.

  • Now untick the Turn on fast start-up option. You may need to click on the Change settings that are currently unavailable link first.

  • Once you have completed the above steps click the Save changes button.

Note: Further information can be found at the following linkt http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2776718

Applies to:

  • Systems running Windows 8.x or Windows 10.
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Article ID: 303
Last updated: 04 May, 2016
Revision: 5
Views: 2527
Posted: 18 Mar, 2014 by Paul Watkins
Updated: 04 May, 2016 by Andrew Sharrad
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