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Does anyone know why when I use wake on lan it only works if I shutdown the computer through Start -> Shutdown, but if I use the shutdown -f command (as I do in a batch file after a system backup), the computer does not turn on through WOL. Is there some kind of prerequisite command that has to be done before the shutdown command?

Thanks for any input

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You may be forcing drivers to shut down too quickly, leaving your hardware in a wonky state.

Try using shutdown /s /t 0 instead, which is equivalent to Start > Shutdown

Note: /t 0 won't force the stop of any processes, but does tell it to shut down immediately.

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Try using /t 60 instead in order to give running applications 60 seconds to close out instead of being forced to close with no warning. /f is implied when /t is used with a number greater than zero.

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