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I want my computer to start uTorrent at 4 o'clock in the morning, when I'm asleep. But the computer is a bit noisy so I put it to sleep mode every time I go to bed.

I've tried creating a task in Task Scheduler with this parameters:

Run whether user is logged in or not Daily At 4:00 every day Start a program "C:\Program Files\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe" Wake the computer to run this task

I've tried to change the time to run to make sure the computer wakes up and runs uTorrent. But it doesn't.

What am I doing wrong? Maybe I've lost something?

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@valya; did deddebme's solution work for you? If so you should accept his answer. – RJFalconer Jan 17 '10 at 13:54
no, It didn't. I yield – valya Jan 17 '10 at 14:12
I noticed that powercfg -waketimers never shows wake events scheduled by the Task Scheduler. Even though it says "There are no active wake timers in the system." everything was actually working just fine. – Nic Dec 19 '12 at 19:27

I had the same problem. In the end it was a stupid default configuration in the Windows 7 power plan options. Go to "Control Panel -> All Control Panel Items -> Power Options -> Edit Plan Settings" for the power plan u are using. Then select "Change advanced power settings". Next go to "Sleep -> Allow wake timers" and enable them there. At least in my case they were by default disabled. IMHO kinda stupid especially if one can schedule tasks that are supposed to wake up without getting a warning.

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I had the exact same problem. Black_Jet's answer worked for me. – Rob3C Mar 5 '10 at 11:35

Use WakeUpOnStandBy. An excellent freeware utility that does exactly that, and then some more if you need it.

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either this program doesn't work on w7 or there is something wrong with me or my computer (a new HP notebook) – valya Oct 6 '09 at 23:02
Could you be more specific please? I have been using it successfully since I upgraded from XP to Win 7 (and before that of course). Could you also provide your HP model? The one requirement for it to work is that your computer supports ACPI. – A Dwarf Oct 6 '09 at 23:19
HP Compaq 615. Windows 7 Ultimate (not RC or something). I've checked BIOS but there's nothing about ACPI – valya Oct 7 '09 at 10:12

How about you set the auto power on timer in BIOS?

It should be under the power management section of the BIOS, named something like "Wake by RTC etc". You may see the below example BIOS screenshot:

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where do I? found nothing in bios – valya Oct 7 '09 at 10:12
see my edited answer – deddebme Oct 9 '09 at 14:59

You might have to enable hybrid sleep in order for it to work. The quickest way to do this is to run powercfg.exe -H ON(see technet) from an elevated command prompt.

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How about adding the details as to how to do this? – slm Dec 22 '12 at 23:30

Make sure you follow everything in this article accurately. I've also had an issue with accounts that have no password before. If your account does not have a password, try giving it one and see if the results differ, I'm pretty sure you need a password to run a scheduled task. If it already has one, make sure it was typed correctly. You should be able to see why the last task didn't run successfully in task scheduler.

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Oh, I was hoping it checks the password then I'm entering it :) There is nothing interesting in the article, but I'm going to check the password, thanks – valya Oct 6 '09 at 22:45
check task scheduler itself, it should tell you why the last task didn't run. – John T Oct 6 '09 at 22:45
checked the pass: everything is ok. no it doesn't (or I don't know where to look). still not waking! – valya Oct 6 '09 at 23:02

Have you tried starting the task without sleeping the computer first, to make sure that wake-from-sleep is the problem? You might have the wrong path or something, and you just think the problem is waking.

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The computer has to wake first before an incorrect path would be realised... Or do you think the Task scheduler has a dream mode. – daveL Jan 19 at 12:14

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