Windows 10: Auto Power-On and Auto Launch Programs

Methods below will help to ease the slow start-up of computer and saved waiting time for Windows loading. Set-up the computer to start on time before you want, log-in and let it auto launch programs (ex: Firefox, Google Chrome, Affinity Photo, Adobe Lightroom).

i) Auto Power On

1) on or restart PC, press F2 to get in BIOS settings
2) switch to “Power” tab, locate “Wake system from S5” and Enable it.
3) at Wake up date, choose [0] for daily startup
4) at Wake up hour, choose time you want the pc to wakeup, time depend on computer setting, can be GMT+8 or GMT
5) at Wake up minute, choose time you want
6) Exit and save the settings

ii) Auto Launch Programs

1) click start (windows icon), type in Task Scheduler in “Search programs and files” and launch it
2) at Task Scheduler user interface, search for “Create Task…” in the right column
3) create Task will be prompt, under “General” tab, type in “Auto Start Program” for the name
4) switch to “Triggers” tab, click “New”, at “Begin the Task” choose At log on from drop-down menu, choose “Daily” under Settings
5) switch to “Actions” tab, click “New”, at “Action”, choose Start a program from drop-down menu. Browse program you wanted for “Program/script”
6) repeat steps from Step 3 to 5 to add more programs wanted to launch after logged in

iii) Auto Shut Down

since the Auto Power On function was set to daily, Auto Shut Down function will help power saving during off-duty days

1) click start (windows icon), type in Task Scheduler in “Search programs and files” and launch it
2) at Task Scheduler user interface, search for “Create Task…” in the right column
3) create Task will be prompt, under “General” tab, type in “Auto Shutdown” for the name
4) under Security options, tick “Run whether user is logged on or not”
5) switch to “Triggers” tab, click “New”, at “Begin the Task” choose On a schedule from drop-down menu, choose “Daily” under Settings
6) make sure the date started from the current date and time of your duty start, set Recur every: ” ” days as 1
7) switch to “Actions” tab, click “New”, at “Action”, choose Start a program from drop-down menu, type shutdown under Prgoram/script. For Add arguments (optional):, type in /S
8) switch to “Conditions” tab, tick “Start the task only if the computer is idle for:”, choose 15 minutes from drop-down menu, at “Wait for idle for:”, choose 1 hour, tick on both “Stop if the computer ceases to be idle” and “Restart if the idle state resumes”

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