How to Configure Wake-on-LAN in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1

Updated on February 4, 2016
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Wake-on-LAN (WOL): It is a feature for remotely waking up computers. Wake-on-LAN enabled computer listens for a magic packet containing its MAC address so that you can send magic packets that will wake up computer over the LAN or Internet.

In this article I will cover whole steps to configure Wake-on-LAN (WOL) in Windows 10 or Windows 8.1.

Steps to Configure Wake-on-LAN on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1

1. First, you must enable Wake-on-LAN feature in the BIOS if you have integrated Ethernet network adapter. For Asus mainboards, it is located at Advanced –> APM–> Power On By PCI-E/PCI. If you do not see this option in your BIOS, check motherboard vendor manual to see if it supports Wake-on-LAN feature.

Enable Wake on LAN in Asus BIOS

2. Login to your windows 10 or windows 8.1 computer and open Device Manager by pressing Win + X and click Device Manager.

How to Enable Wake-on-LAN in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1

3. In Device Manager, expand Network Adapters  section and locate yor network adapter, right click it and choose properties. It will display the network adapter’s properties.

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How to Enable Wake-on-LAN in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1

4. In the Network Adapter’s properties, go to Advanced tab and locate the network adapter’s option called Wake on Magic Packet. Set it to Enabled as shown below.

How to Enable Wake-on-LAN in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1

5. Go to the Power Management tab, and check the settings, Allow this device to wake the computer and Only allow a magic packet to wake the computer must be checked as shown below.

How to Enable Wake-on-LAN in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1

Now, Wake-on-LAN feature should be working on your Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 computer. You can use the comments below if you have any questions. I hope this article is helpful for you. If you liked it or found useful, feel free to like or share it.

  • danielsokolowski

    Thank you for sharing this info, but it still does not work for me. Hmm, is your ‘Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller’ on the motherboard? if you put your computer to sleep now are there any LEDs still active on the network adapter in the back? What software are you using to send the WOL packet?

    • I am using “wakeonlan” on Raspberry Pi and “Mocha WOL” on iPhone. You may also need to disable Windows 10/8.1 “Fast startup” feature and/or you may need to change your BIOS power settings.

    • Gerard van Reekum

      Contrary to what you might expect, Wake On Lan doesn’ t work when your computer is in sleeping mode. Wake On Lan switches your computer ‘on’, therefore it needs to be fully switched ‘off’.
      This is an issue with Windows 10, where ‘shutting down’ your computer doesn’t switch the machine off but leaves quite a few functionalities working in order to reduce the startup time. This is called ‘fast startup’ and you need to untick that option in the system settings:
      Power & Sleep => Additional power settings => Choose what the power buttons do => Change settings that are currently unavailable => and scroll down to uncheck the box before ‘Turn on fast startup (recommended)’

  • Dan

    I have the ASUS Maximus Hero VII. If you want to Wake On Lan from Power Off like I want you have to go into the BIOS and go under Advanced then to APM Configuration and turn on ErP Ready Enabled S5 and Power On By PCI-E Enabled. Those seem to be the only two options you need. Normally you just have to turn on support like Power On by PCI-E, but this new board it has to have the ErP on as well it seems. See if you have that option.

    • Noname

      I have ASUS Maximus VIII Ranger (the new one, 8, not 7) with updated BIOS and in this one you can’t enable both options: “ErP Ready” and “Power On By PCI-E”. If you enable the first one, the second one is automatically disabled.
      In order to have working WOL in this motherboard, you simply need to enable “Power On By PCI-E”, and I’m not sure if “Network Stack”… I have to test it with “Network Stack” disabled.

      • Thank you for informative feedback about BIOS Settings for setting up WOL.

        • Noname

          You’re welcome! And now I can confirm that there’s no need to enable “Network Stack” 🙂

  • Dan

    From what I read ErP is supposed to lower the power your PC uses in off state to under 1 watt and I think shuts off wake on lan, etc. So it should be off from what I read. But on my board Asus Maximus Hero VII I had to have it enabled for S5 so I could do wake on lan. So I’m not real clear on it here as Asus seems to be backwards from everything I found on the web. But having it enable and of course having Power On by PCI-E which also is for the NIC as well.

    • Thanks for these 2 awesome comments include great information.

  • Deke

    So how do you wake the pc up after making the above settings?

    • Jens Robot

      I second that. Would be nice to also know how to actually wake the pc up remotely 😛

    • I use raspberry pi to wake up remotely. I also use mWOL which is iPhone application for remote wake up.

    • Gerard van Reekum

      I use Wake On Lan, an app on my Android phone. Or there are various extensions for your browser that will do the same, also for Chromebooks.

  • Tony

    Just an add on about WoL, I use the Fing app on Android to wake mine up, or if you have DD-WRT on your router, you can do it through it’s web page, Administration –> WOL

  • Gerard van Reekum

    Depending on people’s setup, your last recommendation (with regard to the network adapter properties) may cause issues.

    Ticking the option “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” instructs Windows 10 to cut the power of the network adapter and therefore there will be zero power on the ethernet port. If your computer is connected to the internet through a so-called ‘home plug’ (aka as IP over Power), zero power on the ethernet port may activate the internal power saving protocol of the Home Plug and switch it off. From then on it will be impossible for the magic packet to reach the system and have the network adapter starting it up.

    Therefore I’ d recommend to always untick that option. After shutting down the power to the ethernet port is very weak, so the saving resulting from turning off the network adapter will be minute.

  • Wojciech Płonka

    On the Gigabyte motherboard help 2 things:

    1. Return Lan driver to original from the manufacturer.
    2. Power option > change power button option > Advanced > turn of Fast boot option

    this function cut power to the lan card.

    Generally on Windows 10 return to manufacturer driver solve many problems.

  • Michael Audino

    I can’t find Wake on Magic Package under the advance setting of the Ethernet Connection screen. Also it’s the only one that shows up.

  • Patrick Lim

    spent weeks working on wol. have an asus prime z270-ar, contacted asus tier 1 support and they were no help. finally got it to work. in the nic go to the Power Management tab, and check the settings, DO NOT CHECK MARK ANY OF THE FOLLOWING BELOW. NADA, ZILCH, IGNORE THE PIC ABOVE, ‘Allow this device to wake the computer’ or ‘Only allow a magic packet to wake the computer’ or ‘Allow this computer to turn off device to save power’. and then BAAM!!! got it to work…. hope this saves someone out there from pulling there hair out… I’m bald now…

    • Nick Moody

      Yep, you saved me from going bald 🙂 I have an ASUS Maximus VIII Hero and all I had to do to get it working was disable the check boxes as you described. Thank you Patrick.

    • Lex

      Thank you from saving my hair! After disabling ‘Allow this computer to turn off device to save power’, which disables the other two as well, I used Mocha WOL (for ios), my IP, my PC’s Physical MAC address, port 9 (forwarded in router to my PC’s internal IP, all protocol boxes), no Broadcast, no ping, ran from my phone’s 3G connection and my PC started!

  • Dave Rickards

    any one know how to do this with a msi x99a?

  • Hert Niks

    What if I don’t have the power management tab? Running latest Win 10 as of 9 July 2017

  • perieanuo

    I know it’s old but I suggest to update drivers for NIC card first,then manipulate BIOS (Power on by PCI-E and be shure network stack is activated.The latest LAN_V20.1.2019.0_WHQL driver is already set-up by default to enable WOL,just reset BIOS and do the settings posted in article.regards,pierre