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How to Schedule Your PC to Turn on Automatically Each Day?

Do you have to log in for work at the same time every day? Logged into a meeting late because your system...

How to Schedule Your PC to Turn on Automatically Each Day?

Do you have to log in for work at the same time every day? Logged into a meeting late because your system takes the time of the world to get started in the morning?

Have you ever wondered sitting in front of your laptop or computer, what if this thing started automatically? 

Well, we all have.

Surrounded by automated machines, we would like an automated start of our systems as well.

In this article, we will walk you through the options and steps to get your PC automatically started at a designated time.


While you are looking for BIOS (basic input/output system) and UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) options on your laptop, do note that not all PCs have the automation feature. Whether the feature is available to you or not, can be answered only by your hardware. 

Read the laptop manual or search on the internet for more information.

To access the auto start you will have to go to the BIOS settings. Restart your computer and press F1, Delete, Esc (common procedure for most motherboards, check the manual correctly). It is usually displayed on the screen for automatic-start, but if it does not maybe your PC does not have the feature. Refer to the HP Desktop PCs – BIOS Setup Utility Information and Menu Options for more details.

However, on some PC’s you can go to Troubleshoot < Advanced Settings < select ‘UEFI Firmware Settings’. Press the Shift key while clicking on the Restart option to acquire the available boot options. This is the most used procedure for all Windows 10 users.

Also, understand the steps to kick-start your PC automatically with BIOS (Basic Input Output Systems). It is similar to the UEFI procedure – restart your system while clicking Delete or Esc for the settings options. You can locate the Power Management tab on the screen with your cursor. Furthermore, locate the Resume By Alarm option to change the settings for the automated start of your system.

However, not all PCs start with the same procedure. Many softwares have differently designed processes for the automated start of the system.

A few specifications and tips for the users –

  • Dell systems and computers support automated to start with the F2 key while booting.
  • Some HP systems use F1 and F10 keys for the procedure.
  • F1 and F2 are typically used for Gateway computers.

You might have to repeatedly press the keys for further settings.

However, all the different PC’s and computers have dissimilar procedures.

Basic guidelines to follow while tuning automatic start with BIOS –

  • Shut down the computer.
  • Restart it and look for the function key that says, press key to enter setup.
  • Click on it and press the required key according to your system.
  • Press the indicated key immediately after prompting.
  • Look for a Boot set or start.
  • Change the time settings and click on save and exit.

There are chances the system will turn on or off during the process. You can restart and perform the task again.

This will take some time to understand, but do not give up! Rigorously hunt for the option available in your PC and make the most of the time you save every day instead of blankly sitting in front of your PC.

Task Scheduler

The Task Scheduler is an important aspect of Windows that automates the start of software, program at a defined time, or at specific intervals of time. Well, we can use this to start our PC automatically each day at the same time.

On Windows

  • Click on the start button and look for Task Scheduler and get started on it.
  • Click on the create task on the left side under the actions tool.
  • Name your task according to you and select Run whether the user is logged in or not, or just run only when the user is logged in.
  • Go to the Triggers Tab and select New (bottom left side)
  • You can specify the details of the task according to your wish. You can select daily, weekly, or monthly with a specific time. Moreover, you can also decide the recurring tasks or the random delay if you wish to.
  • Furthermore, select the action tab and name your task.
  • You can also have to specify the conditions required. The PC will start only if the conditions are met.
  • Lastly, click on the Settings button and select the required settings.
  • Now you are ready to go.

On Macbook

  • Open System Preferences.
  • Click on the Energy Saver option.
  • Select ‘Start-Up or Wake’ that follows a dropbox for specifications.
  • Select all your specific needs.
  • Click the OK button once you are done.

Many assume that Windows is a difficult procedure, believe me, it is the easiest task I have ever done. Refer to how to set up schedule power on and shutdown on any windows system.

I hope next time you don’t miss out on your coffee while in a rush to start your system!

Try these easy steps to enjoy and relax while your system starts on its own. We hope this article helps you through the steps and saves you a lot of time.


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Written by Brendan Hesse
Brendan is a content writer and editor at BagItToday. Brendan has written for V3, The Inquirer, Trusted Reviews, etc. Brendan has been involved in tech, writing, and editing for over 10 years.

One Reply to “How to Schedule Your PC to Turn on Automatically Each Day?”

  1. Hey Brendan Hesse & Robin ,

    Excellent post as usual. You have introduced great steps & tips for scheduling the pc to turn on automatically every day. Your guidelines for tuning automatic start with BIOS are so important and must be considered.

    Yes Task-Scheduler is an important feature of windows that automates the startup of software, program at defined time or at any specific time interval. Your each mentioned steps to use Task-scheduler on windows & on Macbook are so clear, providing quick understanding and are easy to follow. Following the steps will helps a lot.

    Eventually thanks for sharing your knowledge, ideas and such a helpful post.

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