Fix ‘Wake-on-Lan’ not Working in Windows 10, 8.1 or 7

Andrew Wafer By: Andrew Wafer
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Your Windows 8 device can be used in different ways and for different tasks since Microsoft added useful in-built features that can ease your daily schedule. But, maybe the most popular feature that can be used on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is Wake-On-Lan. Unfortunately, more and more users are complaining about WOL issues, which mean that we must find a way to fix these problems.

So, due to same reasons, if your wake on lan feature isn’t working on your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 device try to use the guidelines from below in order to easily fix your problems. Wake-on-lan is a Windows default feature that basically allows a computer to be turned on by a network message. This awakening message will be send from a program that is running on another computer, laptop, tablet or desktop, which is located on the same local area network. Also learn how to prevent Windows 8 from automatically rebooting after updates or how to emergency restart Windows 8.

Wake on LAN can be easily and safely used on any Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 based devices, though in rare cases you might notice that you can’t use this protocol. If that happens, don’t panic and just try the steps which are being detailed below.

How To Fix Windows 8 Wake-On-Lan Not Working

Wake on LAN is a useful feature that allows you to wake up your PC remotely, but sometimes issues with it can occur. This is a big problem and in this article we’re going to cover the following issues:

  • Wake on LAN not working after shutdown, over Internet, after long sleep – There are various problems with Wake on LAN that can occur and users reported that they are unable to wake their PC over Internet or after a long sleep.
  • ASUS wake on LAN not working – This problem can appear on almost any PC and many ASUS users reported this problem. To fix the issue, you need to update your driver or your BIOS.
  • Shutdown wake on LAN Realtek – Many Realtek owners reported this issue with Realtek network adapters. In most cases you can fix this problem by updating your drivers or by making few changes in your registry.
  • Wake on LAN in BIOS – In order to use Wake on LAN feature, first you need to enable it in BIOS. In addition, you also need to disable Deep Sleep mode as well. If you don’t have these options available, you might have to update your BIOS to the latest version.

Solution 1 – Disable Fast Startup feature on your device

Fast startup is a feature that can be activate or disabled from your Windows 8 settings. With fast startup enabled you will be able to power off your device faChange ster than usually. But, in some cases the WOL protocol will not work when the mentioned feature is activated. Therefore, try to disable it for fixing your problem:

  1. In the Search bar enter control panel. Select Control Panel from the list of results.
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  2. When Control Panel opens, select Power Options from the menu.
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  3. Power Options window will now appear. Click on Choose what the power button does from the menu on the left.
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  4. Now click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.
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  5. Uncheck Turn on fast startup option and click on Save changes.
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After making these changes, check if Wake on LAN feature is working.


Solution 2 – Use Network Configuration Settings

  1. From Start Screen use Win + R keyboard buttons in order to launch the run sequence.
  2. In the Run box type ncpa.cpl and click OK.
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  3. Right click your connection and choose Properties from the menu.
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  4. When Properties window opens click on Configure.
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  5. Go to Advanced tab and select the Enable PME option. Change the value into to Enabled and save changes.
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After doing this, the problem with Wake on LAN should be resolved.


Solution 3 – Install the older network driver

If Wake on LAN is not working in Windows 10, the problem might be related to your network driver. According to users, they managed to fix the problem simply by installing the older version of their network driver. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your network adapter or motherboard manufacturer’s website and locate the driver section.
  2. Locate your model and download an older network driver.
  3. Now press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and choose Device Manager from the list.
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  4. Once Device Manager opens, locate your network adapter, right click it and choose Uninstall device.
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  5. When the confirmation dialog appears, click on Uninstall.
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  6. Now click on Scan for hardware changes icon. Windows will now try to install the default driver.

Once the default driver is installed, check if the problem is resolved. If the issue still persits or if that default driver doesn’t work at all, install the driver that you downloaded in Step 2. After installing the older driver, check if Wake on LAN feature works.


Solution 4 – Check your BIOS settings

If Wake on LAN is not working, the problem might be your BIOS settings. To fix the problem, you need to enter BIOS and change couple of settings. Once you enter BIOS, you need to find and set Wake on LAN to Enabled. Now locate Deep Sleep control and set it to Disabled. If you have Allow PCI to wake up the system setting available in BIOS be sure to enable it as well.

After doing that, save changes and check if that solves the problem. To see how to access BIOS and how to disable these settings, we strongly recommend that you check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions. After enabling these features the problem should be resolved.


Solution 5 – Install the latest network driver

Problems with Wake on LAN feature can be caused by your network drivers, and if you have this problem, you should try removing your current network driver and updating it to the latest version.

We mentioned how to remove and download the driver for your network adapter in Solution 3, so be sure to check it out for detailed instructions. Once your network driver is up to date, the issue should be completely resolved and you’ll be able to use Wake on LAN feature again.

If you don’t want to update/fix the drivers manually, we strongly suggest to do it automatically by using Tweakbit’s Driver Updater tool. This tool is approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the bes

t automatized solution. Below you can find a quick guide how to do it.

  1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updaterdriver updater starting window
  2. Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.driver updater diagnozing
  3. Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
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    Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.

Solution 6 – Modify your registry

If Wake on LAN isn’t working in Windows 10, the problem might be related to your registry. To fix the issue, you need to find your network device and change its settings. This method worked for Realtek network adapters, and to fix the problem, you need to do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter regedit. Press Enter or click on OK.
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  2. When Registry Editor opens in the left pane navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\4de3e972-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318. Keep in mind that the last part might be different on your PC, so you might need to manually find your network adapter.
  3. Once you find your Realtek adapter, in the right pane you should see S5WakeOnLAN DWORD. Double click it and change its Value data to 1.
  4. Now double click PowerDownPll DWORD and set its Value data to 0.

You can also find these values simply by using the search option in Registry Editor. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Registry Editor and go to Edit > Find. Alternatively you can press Ctrl + F.
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  2. Now enter S5WakeOnLAN or PowerDownPll and click on Find Next button.
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  3. After you find those DWORDs you need to change them accordingly.

Keep in mind that these DWORDs are available for Realtek adapters, so if you don’t use Realtek adapter you might not have these values available.


Solution 7 – Change your power plan settings

According to users, you might be able to fix the problems with Wake on LAN feature simply by changing your power settings. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Power Options.
  2. When Power Options opens, locate your power plan and click on Change plan settings next to it.
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  3. Now click on Change advanced power settings.
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  4. Expand PCI Express section and set power saving to Off. Now click on Apply and OK to save changes.
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After disabling this option Wake on LAN feature should start working again.


Solution 8 – Upgrade BIOS

If you’re having problems with Wake on LAN, you might be able to solve them by updating BIOS to the latest version. BIOS update is a complicated procedure and it can be potentially dangerous if you don’t perform it properly.

To see how to properly update your BIOS, be sure to check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions. We also wrote a short guide on how to flash your BIOS, so you might want to check it out as well.

In addition to upgrading BIOS, few users reported that downgrading BIOS to the older version fixed the problem for them, so you might want to try that if BIOS upgrade doesn’t work.


Solution 9 – Reset BIOS and enable APM

According to users, if Wake on LAN isn’t working, you might be able to fix the problem simply by resetting your BIOS. You can do that from BIOS or by removing your battery from the motherboard for a couple of minutes.

After resetting your BIOS, be sure to enable APM in BIOS. You can do that by going to the Advanced section. Once you do all that, Wake on LAN feature should start working.

Now, the Wake-on-Lan feature should be working just fine on your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 device. If these steps aren’t useful for you, try to put your computer to hibernate instead of shutting it off – usually this is resolving all the problems. Also, use the comments filed from below if you have questions or if you need our assistance.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2014 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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