Find scheduled tasks which wake up your Windows 10 PC

If you put your Windows 10 PC to sleep, you might be surprised to find it in a running state later. There are many reasons behind this. One such reason can be scheduled tasks. Often, users forget to make sure that there aren't any scheduled tasks set to wake up the PC. There's see how to easily fix this.

There is a single command you can execute to find all tasks which are set to wake up your Windows 10 PC from sleep. All you need is PowerShell.

  1. Open PowerShell in Windows 10.
    windows 10 run powershell from search
  2. In PowerShell, type or copy-paste the following command:
    Get-ScheduledTask | where {$_.settings.waketorun}

Once this is done, all tasks which are able to wake up Windows 10 will be listed in the command's output.
On my Windows 10 PC, all those tasks are disabled:Windows 10 wake up tasks

On another PC running Windows 8.1, the following tasks are listed to wake up the PC:Windows 8.1 wake up tasks

If you find any unneeded tasks in this list, open Task Scheduler and disable them or double click them and uncheck "Wake the computer to run this task" from the Conditions tab. Then Windows should not wake up the PC any more to run any scheduled tasks.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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