After a period of inactivity, Windows 10 goes to sleep, or you can put it to sleep from the power options menu. To wake the system, press the power button on your computer, or the Sleep button if one is provided. When your system is sleeping, there are a few things you can do to wake it up automatically. The system is awakened by Windows 10 in order to install updates. If you need to wake your system as an end user, you should use a scheduled task.

How to create a wake timer for Windows 10

Create a wake timer

Create a new task in Task Scheduler. Give the task a name and enable the ‘Run with highest privileges’ option on the General tab. Navigate to the Triggers section.

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Set a wake timer for the system to wake up from its slumber. Make your way to the Actions tab.

How to create a wake timer for Windows 10

This part is only slightly difficult; you must enter an action in order for the task to be completed. It could be anything from opening a file to launching an app to running a script. Anything will suffice. You can use a script to start and stop an app. We have a script that will display a message box stating what triggered the system to wake up.


Finally, enable the ‘Wake the computer to run this task’ option on the Conditions tab. You’re done when you click Ok.

Message box script

If you want the script to display a message, open Notepad and paste the following into it.

@echo off

echo x=msgbox("The System was woken from sleep" ,0, "Wake Up") >> msgbox.vbs

start msgbox.vbs

You can make changes to the script. The message “The System was woken from sleep” is displayed in the message box, and the title of the message box is “Wake Up.” You are free to change it to whatever you want. Set the file as the task’s trigger by saving it with the BAT file extension.