How to set an alarm on a Windows computer (so that the PC can automatically turn on and wake up at the right time)

It's time to get up!

User Question


Is there a way to make the computer turn on automatically and then wake me up?

On Android there is a built-in alarm clock, but I turn it off and continue to sleep. But if you had to get up and approach the PC, such a trick would not work…


In short, you can :)

Admittedly, you have to climb a little on the settings. In a footnote, I will immediately cite several of them. options – because there is no universal one (each user will choose the one that suits his “nature” of work).


📌 Important!

Adjust the sound volume of the speakers (speakers) to the optimal value. Otherwise, the alarm clock sound can be either too quiet (and you won’t hear it), or too loud – and it will scare you in the morning…


The content of the article

Power on and alarm setting on PC/Laptop

Option 1 (for those who do not turn off the computer)

Suitable for users who does not turn off computer and not put it in sleep mode!


In this case, everything is quite simple: the easiest way is to install an alarm clock application that will warn you in time. For example, Microsoft has 📌 “Alarm Clocks and Clocks”* (link to official site). By the way, in Windows 10 this application is already integrated, you can find it in the menu TO START UP.

However, you can take alternative products: Free alarm clock, WakeOnStandByetc

* If you don’t have the Microsoft “Alarms and Clock” app installed, please check if you have it in the System Store (if not, install the link below to help you!).

📌 To help!

How to install and open the Microsoft Store app store – see instructions

Alarm clocks and clocks // Microsoft Store

Alarm clocks and clocks // Microsoft Store

Then you need to create “Alarm”: Set the time, melody and ringtone days. In fact, that’s all you have to do! 👌

Add an alarm

Add an alarm

By the way, in the power settings 📌, make sure that the option to automatically put the PC into sleep mode is not activated – otherwise such an alarm clock will not work!

Put your computer to sleep

Put your computer to sleep


Option 2 (with device off)

This method is suitable for those who turn off the computer and want it to turn on by itself in the morning (then sound the alarm).

I note right away that it will not be possible to do this on all devices – it depends on the “jam” of your hardware…


Part 1: Set up a computer to turn on on a schedule

This can be done through BIOS settings | UEFI (if available). Usually on modern PCs this option is available, which cannot be said on laptops…

I will show a variant of the classic BIOS version (refer to yours by similar names/words).


1) So… First you need to open the 📌BIOS settings: usually you need to click on F2 Where Delete immediately after turning on the computer.

2) Next you need to open the power settings section – “Power…” (i.e. food…) and go to the tab “To wake up…” (translated from English by awakening).

BIOS - Power - Wake

BIOS – Power – Wake

3) Then go to the section “Recovery by Rtc alarm” (turn on/resume work on an alarm clock, schedule) and set the mode:

  • “Date” –> “Daily” (i.e. turn on the computer every day);
  • “HH:MM:SS” –> “8:45:00” (here you need to specify the time of inclusion). Of course, the mode is activated. and time – is set individually for yourself!
Resume by PSTN alarm - daily

Resume by PSTN alarm – daily

4) Do not forget to save the changes in the BIOS – for this you need to open the menu “Save and Exit” (save and exit), often a button F10.


📌 Important!

Before relying on these BIOS settings, I recommend double-checking how they work (i.e., did the computer start to turn on on a given timer?).

To do this, you can set the time to 5 minutes. higher than the current one, turn off the device and wait…

If the computer is on, go to part 2 (if not, see option 3).


Part 2: incl. awakening

Important point: it is best to set the timer-alarm programs to 3-5 minutes. more than the timer in the BIOS settings (such a delay is needed to turn on the PC and start Windows).

By the way, you can use Windows built-in software (which we already talked about in option 1) as a wake-up program.

Add an alarm

Add an alarm


📌 Option 3 (with sleep mode // universal way!)

This option is suitable even if your computer does not “know” to turn on automatically “via” the BIOS settings (for example, many laptops do not have such a thing).

To solve the problem, you will need sleep mode (this is an option to put the PC in low power mode). I think a lot of people have this shutdown option in the START menu…


1) So… First you need to open the power settings 📌 of the current scheme and enable wake timers (see screenshot below).

Power Scheme - Settings

Power Scheme – Settings

2) Then you need to open Task scheduler (Win + Rand order control times), create a task, give it a name, allow its execution for all users with the highest rights (see the screenshot below, I showed all the checkboxes). 👇

Create Task - Wake PC

Create Task – Wake PC

3) Further in the tab “Triggers” set execution mode Daily (or the days you need)and specify the time of ignition of the PC (in my case, 9:20).



4) In the tab “Shares” you need to create a task to launch the program (which will wake you up) – in my example I took the 📌 VLC player and showed it a short video (it will play it automatically).



5) In the tab “Terms” you need to allow the PC to wake up to complete the task. See the screenshot below for an example. 👇



6) Well, the final touch in the tab “settings” – it is necessary to authorize the execution of the task if the scheduled launch was skipped (in case :) Just because of some time updates – there may be incidents).

options - run task if skipped

options – run task if skipped

In fact, that’s all – you can check!

Ideally: the computer wakes up and starts playing the selected video / audio file (moreover, the task was created for all users, which means that it does not matter who you worked with last time).

Difficult? I think not! 👌


Other methods and recommendations are welcome in the comments below!

Good luck!


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