Wake on Lan (WOL) does NOT Work in Windows 10 After Upgrade from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7

Updated on September 27, 2015
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Wake on Lan (WOL) does NOT Work in Windows 10

What is Wake-on-LAN (WOL)?

It is powerful and convenient feature that enables users to remotely power up their computer over a network, saving energy while also allowing remote access to the computer when needed.

Windows 10 Wake-on-LAN Problem

Wake-on-LAN (WOL) does not work or stopped working in Windows 10 after upgrade from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. In my case, I use Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller.

Even though I did all settings for Wake-on-LAN such as disabling turn on fast startup, configuring adapter options related to WOL, and etc, WOL is not working.

My environment:

Previous OS: Windows 8.1 Pro x64
Current OS: Windows 10 Pro x64
Mainboard: Asus H87-Plus
NIC: Onboard Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
NIC driver version: 9.1.401.2015 released on April 1, 2015


Realtek Ethernet Card driver that comes with Windows update causes the problem.

Solution to Wake-on-LAN Problem After Upgrade to Windows 10

Install Realtek Ethernet Card driver ( Even though it is older than Microsoft driver) from Realtek Website.

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Download Realtek PCIe NIC Driver

Note: Make sure you enabled WOL feature for your NIC.

Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network Connections -> right click ethernet -> properties -> client for microsoft networks -> Configure … -> Power Management -> Wake on LAN: -> Wake on Magic Packet: enabled, Wake on Magic Packet from power off state: enabled

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