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Video: Make your Windows XP machine wake up when you do

If you use Windows XP’s Hibernation feature to put your system to sleep at the end of the day, you can schedule your system to “wake up” in the morning. Bill Detwiler shows you how to customize your Windows XP machine to wake up when you do.

If you use Windows XP's Hibernation feature on your laptop or desktop to put your system to sleep at the end of the day, you can schedule your system to "wake up" in the morning. In this IT Dojo video, I'll show you how to use the Scheduled Task Wizard so your machine will be ready and waiting for you, just as if you had left it on all night.

For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or you can also read Greg Shultz's article, "Wake a hibernating Windows XP machine based on your schedule," on which this video is based.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

26 comments
lefontaine2001
lefontaine2001

This is a very good tip. I will give it a try. Thanks. Keep up the useful information.

squirrel01
squirrel01

Is there a way to do this with Vista.

yvonne_lau
yvonne_lau

Another caveat: I don't think this would work with encrypted hard disk, such as CompuSec.

MPG187
MPG187

I use Ubuntu Linux, can I do this in Ubuntu?

csmith.kaze
csmith.kaze

no seriously, I just leave my work pc on all the time, rebooting with updates and whenever I feel that the computer needs it. of course, I tell my users to shutdown at night.

rpb_
rpb_

I have to shut my laptop down each time. If it Hybrid Sleeps for more than about an hour it won't wake up and won't reboot properly and I eventually have to force it to turn off by holding the power button down, and reboot several times, spending about 5-10 minutes, to get it back to a working state. It would be ideal if it only worked!

suscripciones
suscripciones

You should add a note: XP 64 bits IS NOT ABLE TO HIBERNATE. So this trick is useless in that situation. Thanks

benjnunez
benjnunez

Come on you guys, it's better to turn off your computer than having to turn your machine into one big alarm clock. My goodness. Such a waste in electricity for crying out loud.

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

With stuff like particle substrate alignment mode.This is at multiples of infinity in frequency.Every chip would have this and don't forget to switch the BIOS on in each chip.

mark.bradley
mark.bradley

I've only used Ubuntu on a HP notebook, and I gotta say, Hibernate is flaky as hell. From 6.10 to 9.04, I think I've seen it work only once.

Bad Boys Drive Audi
Bad Boys Drive Audi

Hibernation is essentially turning off the computer. When you hibernate, it physically writes the current state of your machine to disk, then shuts down (as opposed to stand by). The contents of memory are written to disk and the computer is turned off. When you wake from hibernation, the data that was written to disk gets put back into memory and then you log in and it's like you locked the computer rather than turning it off. It's also much faster to get back to a point of being able to do something rather than waiting on the computer to start up from scratch. As for wasting energy, I don't see the validity of your comment. If you report to the office at 7 am sharp and turn on your computer, you sit there for a minute or two while it boots up. If you schedule it to wake up at 7 am from hibernation, you report to the office at 7 am, sit down and just log in - because the computer has brought itself back to life in about 30 sec to 1 minute. Where's the difference?

greg.hruby
greg.hruby

if energy cost is a major factor and the only area where you can save money - by all means shut down. Or if the only issue to resolve is using less eneergy - shut it down. but .... in the more complex real world ... there are a few other factors. for example performing all of your computer maintainence during they work day means you aren't diong business. that's a non-starter for some organizaations. gotta look 360-top2bottom.

santeewelding
santeewelding

Or do I need more than my first few fingers?

glwright1262
glwright1262

Many PC's have an Auto Power On feature in the bios setup menu under the Power Management option. I use this as opposed to the method shown in the video. This will work regardless of which OS you have installed. If you work in a location where security is not a big deal (like at home) you can combine this with PowerToys for XP and configure it so that it automatically logs on for you as well. I used to hibernate my PC every night but found that I was having too many system issues after several hiber/wake cycles. So, now I shutdown every night and those issues have disappeared.

interested_amateur
interested_amateur

What about wanting to shut off MS.'s new spyware looking for malware? I don't allow active X in unless I've okayed it with the alert nag. More spyware from MS. is still more spyware, no matter who it's from so I shut it off. No-one has complained of getting malware from me so far. I guess that means shutting it off works, also. Interested Amateur

Chris_Muncy
Chris_Muncy

I would have an issue running this in a domain environment. This also goes to the push for "greener" pc's that go to sleep at night. Must we forget all of our WSUS servers and Windows Updates that us Sys Admins run in the middle of the night?

MPG187
MPG187

It works on 9.04, In earlier versions my Wifi stopped working, but that appears to be fixed in 9.04 on my HP notebook.

WPee
WPee

Attempting to do the typical WINDOWS UPDATES in the unattended mode causes problems too! Seems that there is a USER INPUT REQUIRED that varies the type and number of user responses necessary to complete the MS UPDATES. Many of these UPDATES can be completed in the unattended mode...BUT NOT ALL OF THEM. It's discouraging to come into work only to see the screen displaying "HIT ENTER TO CONTINUE" That defeats to whole purpose of unattended operations.....

ebyster
ebyster

I have Dell Inspiron 1520 with Windows Vista Home Premium. Does this also come with the Auto Power On feature mentioned?

Bad Boys Drive Audi
Bad Boys Drive Audi

You know what would be cool? If you could build a script that would fire right after you automatically logged in that would be responsible for opening your dev env (ssas, ssms, vs) with the code you were last at, all new browser windows that were at urls you were last at, windows explorer windows that were...well, you get the picture. Essentially a script that would mimick what would happen if you woke from hibernation. Then, when everything was loaded, it would lock the machine. That way, you could do this at the office as well - all you'd do is turn off the monitors so noone would see the computer running for those few minutes. Hmmmmm...

jpk
jpk

Can't run those updates, patches, cleanup routines and then reboot machines in the middle of the day or mayhem ensues.

Bad Boys Drive Audi
Bad Boys Drive Audi

My company sends out a notification email a week before we do a company update, another the day before and a final one the day of the update. Each is one template that informs the clients that we'll be automatically updating their machines on such and such date at such and such time, and that they need to leave their machines on but log out. This allows those clients that prefer to turn off their machines to do so every other night but the night(s) we'll be pushing out the updates. The email also states very clearly that if the machine isn't on or available during update night, we'll immediately update it the next time it's visible on the network. That ensures that we can get the updates pushed out and very clearly spells out to the client that they'll experience a reboot during the day should they forget the night before.

zenoscope
zenoscope

My domain uses wake on lan to wake computers up on the weekend when nobody is here, updates are run, defrag etc. Computers are scheduled to shut down at 10pm each night, using a scheduled task sent from the server. Howerver, I have users who work from home, and the computers need to be woken up in the morning. The computer bios we have (Dell computers) also has the facility to wake the computer up at a set time in the morning. If a computer is in hibernation, then WOL doesn't seem to work.

techrepublic
techrepublic

You can do Wake On LAN if you have their MAC addresses...

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