If you use the Windows XP’s Hibernation feature on your
laptop or desktop to put your system to sleep at the end of the day rather
turning it off, you can schedule your system to “wake up” in the
morning. When you do so, your machine is ready and waiting for you just as if
you left it on all night. Here’s how to set up this schedule:

  1. Go to Start | All Programs | Accessories | System Tools |
    Scheduled Tasks.
  2. Launch the Scheduled Task Wizard by double-clicking Add
    Scheduled Task.
  3. Click Next and select the
    program that you want to start when your system wakes up. Click Next.
  4. In the following three screens, select the Daily option,
    the time that you want your system to wake up, and then type a username and
    password with Administrative privileges.
  5. On the last page, select the Open Advanced Properties
    check box and click Finish.
  6. When you see the Properties dialog box for the scheduled
    task, choose the Setting tab and select the Wake The Computer
    To Run This Task check box.
  7. Click OK.

Now, you’re computer will be ready
and waiting for you each morning.

This tip applies to both Home and Professional editions.

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