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In this tutorial, we will show you how to find wake timers in Windows 11/10. A wake timer is a timed event in Windows 11/10 that wakes your system from sleep at the specified time or scheduled time. For example, if you have set a task (created in Task Scheduler) with the condition to Wake the computer to run this task, then such a task is known as a timed event. If you are wondering what causes your computer to wake randomly, then most probably it happens because of a wake timer.
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How to find Wake Timers in Windows 11/10

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  1. Command Prompt
  2. Windows PowerShell.

Before using any of these two options, do note that you must log in as an administrator to your Windows 11/10 computer to use these options. Now let’s have a look at these options.

1] Find an Active Wake Timer in Windows 11/10 using Command Prompt

find wake timers using command prompt
The steps are as follows:

  1. Click on the Search box
  2. Type cmd
  3. Click on the Run as administrator option available in the right-hand section of the search results. This will open an elevated Command Prompt window
  4. Execute the following command:
Powercfg -waketimers

This command will show the upcoming wake timer or timed event that will wake your computer. You will also be able to see the date and time when the event will trigger and you will also see the reason why Windows will execute that scheduled task.
Once the time for that wake timer expires, you can execute the same command to find the next or upcoming wake timer.

2] Find all Active Wake Timers in Windows 11/10 using Windows PowerShell

find wake timers using powershell
This option is more helpful as it will help you see a list of all active wake timers along with their paths, task name, and state (Ready or Disabled), just like visible in the screenshot above. The steps to use this option are as follows:

  1. Open Windows 11/10 Search box
  2. Type powershell in the Search box
  3. Right-click on the Windows PowerShell option that appears in the search results
  4. Click on the Run as administrator option. This will open an elevated PowerShell prompt
  5. When the elevated PowerShell window is opened, execute this command:
Get-ScheduledTask | ? {$_.Settings.WakeToRun} | Out-GridView

Wait for a moment to complete the command. After that, a new window will open where it will show a list of scheduled tasks with a wake timer that is either ready or disabled.

What is Allow wake timers in Windows 11?

Allow wake timers is a feature in Windows 11/10 that makes an event trigger an action to wake your computer from sleep automatically at the scheduled time. If a scheduled task with a wake timer option enabled and pending Windows updates are able to wake up your computer at the scheduled time automatically in Windows 11/10, then Allow wake timers feature could be the reason behind that. You can also enable or disable Allow wake timers on Windows as per your needs.

How do I turn off auto wake on Windows 11?

If your computer is automatically waking up from sleep, then you can turn off this auto-wake function using the following ways:

  1. Disable wake timers using the Power Options window
  2. Prevent devices from waking up your computer using Command Prompt
  3. Using Power troubleshooter
  4. Disable Wake on Magic Packet for Network Adapters
  5. Find and uninstall programs that are causing your system to wake automatically, etc.

Read next: Windows computer goes to sleep automatically randomly.
Date: June 24, 2022

Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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