Windows boots quickly – but only directly after a new installation. Read what tools measure the boot time, why Windows is getting slower, and most importantly, what you can do about it.
A freshly installed Windows is always a delightful experience. After a short wait, the system is ready for use, application software starts fast and Windows also quickly descends again. This changes however after some time. Windows starts slower, and it takes longer for the user to respond to user input. A typical problem in which the causes are manifold. After you have installed several programs, you run additional services on the PC, some programs start Windows automatically, and then there are still update checks as well as virus scanners and other security software, Which brake the system. There are still settings, because of which the PC is not already running optimally. However, these often have a marked effect after the system is subjected to greater stress.
As fast as on the first day, Windows can not be realistic, because you will not want to do without some Autostart programs and services. Antivirus software, for example, can significantly slow down Windows, but is necessary for protection. But not every program has to be available shortly after the Windows startup. The first step is the analysis of how fast Windows starts and which processes contribute the most to delays.
There are several ways to find out which processes slow down Windows: through the event viewer, using the Bootracer tool or even the complex Windows Performance Toolkit. In the following, we briefly present all three of you.
1.1 Evaluate boot times in the Windows event log
Windows logs itself how long it takes to start and stop. This information can be accessed via the event display. Press the key combination Win-R, enter behind the “Open” Eventvwr and click “OK”. In the left pane of the window, go to “Application and Service Logs -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Diagnostics Performance -> Ready.
To interpret event IDs: In the middle of the window, you can see log records of events that occur when Windows is started and shut down. By default these are sorted by date and time . Event ID 100 refers to boot procedures, 200 to shutdown. If you click on one of the messages, you will see the required time in milliseconds in the lower part of the window after “Start time” or “Duration of the shutdown”.
Errors that slow down the startup process of Windows appear in the log with an event ID of 101 to 199. The different IDs provide clues to the affected area. At 101, an application has delayed the start, 102 refers to drivers, 103 to services, and 106 has provided background optimization for delays. The IDs 107 and 108 represent delays in the application of group policies for computers as well as users, and 109 is about hardware initialization. Clicking on a message displays a brief description of the problem and the name of the software that caused the delay.
If you experience a Windows shutdown issue, The event display creates an entry with the ID 200. Information about the respective brake pad is given an ID of 201 upwards.
If a program only appears once or very rarely in the log, it is not worth investigating the problem further. However, if you are more likely to do so, you should investigate the matter and, for example, look for similar experiences on the Internet. Also the support forum of the affected software manufacturer is a good starting point. You should investigate the matter and, for example, search the Internet for users with similar experiences. Also the support forum of the affected software manufacturer is a good starting point. You should investigate the matter and, for example, search the Internet for users with similar experiences. Also the support forum of the affected software manufacturer is a good starting point.
Determine average values: The event display provides a first impression of the performance values, but no summary over a longer period of time. For this, use the PC-WELT-Performance script . Unzip it and start the RunAsAdmin.cmd file. This calls the VB-Script PC-WELT-Performance.vbs with administrative rights. Confirm the user account control request with “Yes”. The script shows the last start time in a window behind “Boot Time”. It also calculates the average of the maximum of the last 20 starts and shutdowns. Another value is “Main Path Boot Time”, Which contains the time from the start of the Windows logo to the start of the desktop. “BootPost BootTime” is the time from the appearance of the desktop to the time when most background processes are started. Both values together result in the Windows start time.
If the value of “Main Path Boot Time” is unusually high (more than 20 to 30 seconds), the cause may be due to a driver or disk failure. If a boot time of more than 30 to 40 seconds is displayed for “BootPostBootTime”, the problem is more likely to be in programs that Windows starts automatically.
The script also creates the BootLog.csv file with the times of the last 20 starts. In Lastlog. Csv, the last start time and date are added to each script run. The CSV files can, for example, be opened in a spreadsheet. You can then create a statistics of the Windows startup and track changes over a long period of time. If you see a slowdown, refer to “Programs and Features” (Windows 7: “Programs and Features”) in the Control Panel for what you have just installed
1.2 Determine and deactivate Windows system brakes via Bootracer
The event log provides basic values, but only in extreme cases, too, information about the programs that delay the startup of Windows. The Bootracer tool shows clearly prepared data on the Windows start time. It can also determine which autostart programs need as much time. Time-consuming time-consuming tools can also be disabled via the tool.
Before you use the tool, you should first enable automatic Windows logon (see box). This is not mandatory, because Bootracer takes account of the logon time, but makes it easier to perform measurements on several reboots.
After installing and starting the tool, click on “Boot Time Test” and confirm the restart by clicking on “Yes”. After the desktop is displayed again, Bootracer automatically displays a progress indicator with the number of seconds needed to complete the boot. Then you will see a window with the total start time. Move the mouse pointer over the window and click “Know more?”. In the Bootracer window, you can see how long the Windows startup took (“Windows Boot”) and after which time the interface was ready for use (“Desktop”).
Click “Enable Control”, set a checkmark under “Enable Startup Control”, close the window, And then click “Boot Time Test” and “Yes” again. The Windows startup to the desktop is now done without autostart programs. These will be started one by one after bootracer. This alone can reduce the start time by a few seconds.
Start Bootracer. In the area below “Boot Result:”, go to the left tab, click “Which programs slow down start-up?” And “Startup Programs – Time to Start”. You will now see a list of Autostart programs sorted by start times. The slowest programs come first.
Select “Control Startup Programs” from the context menu. Remove the check mark in front of the programs,
Automatic Windows logon
Windows asks for a default login password. If you use your PC only at home, you can probably forgo the password. Even a notebook that you use while traveling is protected by the login password only superficially. In the case of theft, unauthorized persons can easily access your data via a secondary system, unless you have encrypted the hard disk or the data.
The login password does not significantly increase security for private Windows users, but the input costs time. It’s faster with an automatic logon to Windows. Press the Win-R key combination, type netplwiz and confirm with “OK”. A window with user accounts opens. Remove the “Users must enter username and password” check box at the top and click “Apply”. In the following window, enter the user name of your default account, and enter the password twice. Now click on “OK” again two times – and Windows will start in the future without a password. This works with both a local account and a Microsoft account. In this case, type the e-mail address that you use for the Microsoft logon after “User Name.” This works with both a local account and a Microsoft account. In this case, type the e-mail address that you use for the Microsoft logon after “User Name.” This works with both a local account and a Microsoft account. In this case, type the e-mail address that you use for the Microsoft logon after “User Name.”
1.3 Detailed Windows startup analysis for professionals
If you want to know exactly which service or process is slowing down Windows, use the Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT) professional analysis program from Microsoft. It is included in the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 10 program collection. Despite the designation “Windows 10”, the ADK can also be installed under Windows 7 or 8.1. In Windows 7, the .NET Framework 4 must be set up beforehand. You can download and install a whole series of tools via the Windows ADK web-installer. For our purpose, however, only the “Windows Performance Toolkit” is required. In the Setup Wizard, Remove all other hooks.
Start the Windows Performance Recorder (WPR) program. You can find it via a search in the Start menu. Click on “More options” and select “Boot” under “Performance scenario”. After “Number of iterations”, enter a 1, as a measurement is sufficient. Click “Start”.
In the next window, the tool shows the folder in which the log is stored. The default is “C: \ Users \ [your username] \ Documents \ WPR Files”. Clicking “Save” and “OK” restarts Windows, and the scan starts.
After restarting, wait until the Windows Performance Recorder reports that it has saved the log. Click Open in WPA (Windows Performance Analyzer). This will start the analysis directly. If you want to start later, double-click the ETL file from the “WPR Files” folder in the Windows Performance Analyzer. If you still want to measure the time to shut down Windows, select “Shutdown” in the “Performance scenario”. Under “Number of iterations”, type 1 again, and then click “Start”. Select “Shutdown” in the WPR under “Performance scenario”. Under “Number of iterations”, type 1 again, and then click “Start”. Select “Shutdown” in the WPR under “Performance scenario”. Under “Number of iterations”, type 1 again, and then click “Start”.
Find the brake pads: The Windows Performance Analyzer shows you the six headings “SystemActivity”, “Computation”, “Storage”, “Memory”, “Power” and “Other” for bootprotocols in the left pane. Details from these sections can be opened by clicking on the small triangle by double-clicking on the graphical evaluation. The protocol provides a lot of information, so the investigation is not easy. The graphical evaluation shows very long bars on the time axis for a whole series of processes. Nevertheless, these are not system brakes. However, if you take into account the CPU usage, you will be aware of the causes of delays.
In the Windows Performance Analyzer, in the left pane of the window, expand the “System Activity” section and open “Processes” and “Services” by double-clicking. Under “Computation”, open “CPU Usage (Sampled)”. The time beam at the bottom of the window applies to all graphics and displays the required boot time on the X axis. Look for the linux diagram of “CPU Usage”, which will also take some time. If you use the mouse, the name of the corresponding program appears. Then look for this in the bar graph of the other two evaluations, and check how long its loading time is. This is in the “Duration” column. However, a long charging time is not a problem. The diagram “Processes” provides further data on suspicious loading times. You can usually ignore Windows’s own processes because they are necessary for the system and should not be disabled. To find out more about the function of individual programs or processes, see the next section.
2. Investigate processes and obtain information
Even with a freshly installed Windows 10, there are more than 2000 executable files on the hard drive. New files are added to each update and software installation. There is hardly anyone who can memorize the function of any EXE file. However, the Internet can be used to quickly determine what a program is for and whether it is possibly malicious software. To do this, simply pass the complete filename, as determined by Bootracer (point 1.2) or the Windows Performance Analyzer (point 1.3), to an Internet search machine in the web browser.
It’s easier with the Sysinternals Process Explorer tool. Use the Windows System Control Center (WSCC) program to download and start Process Explorer and the Autoruns tool mentioned below.
Process Explorer shows you all programs running on the PC. By clicking on the column “Company Name” the list can be sorted. This makes it easier to determine the manufacturer from which a program originates. However, the column does not always contain a value. This also applies to programs that are part of the Windows package.
Safe programs can most likely be excluded from the outset by two methods. Go to the menu “Options -> Verify Image Signatures”. Also, check “Options -> VirusTotal.com” checkmark “Check VirusTotal.com”. On the first call, the Virustotal.com web page opens with the license conditions in the browser, and you must confirm them in the Process Explorer message window with “Yes”. You will see in the new Verified Signer column whether a file is digitally signed. If so, you can view the program as safe. The “VirusTotal” column provides information about the virus check at www.virustotal. Com . In case of doubt, you should better uninstall suspicious applications.
3. Autostarts – Start only the really necessary programs
The fewer programs Windows starts automatically, the faster the system runs. Many applications are set up in the setup in such a way that at least partial functions are already available immediately after the start of the system. Examples include update checks, graphics card utilities, or synchronization with a cloud storage. Autostarts are handy when you use a program on a regular basis. In this case, take a few seconds start delay probably like to buy. If, on the other hand, a program is rarely used, the autostart is better prevented.
Managing Autostarts with Windows: You can use the standard System Configuration tool to set what Windows starts automatically. Press the Win-R key combination, type msconfig , and click OK. Go to the Services tab and check the “Hide all Microsoft services” checkbox. You will then only see services that are not part of Windows, that is to say, later on during a software installation to the PC. Check which services are not available in the list and remove the check mark before the respective entry. If in doubt, look for the service name on the Internet, For which functions a service is required. Click “Apply” to finish. Similarly, on Windows 7, follow the “System Startup” tab. Users of Windows 8 or 10 click on “Open task manager”. On Windows 7, remove the check mark before the Autostart programs you do not want to use. Users of Windows 8 and 10 select “Disable” in the context menu. Use “Search Online” to get information about the respective entry from the Internet. Users of Windows 8 and 10 select “Disable” in the context menu. Use “Search Online” to get information about the respective entry from the Internet. Users of Windows 8 and 10 select “Disable” in the context menu. Use “Search Online” to get information about the respective entry from the Internet.
Autostarts manage additional tool: More features and comfort the tool Autoruns from Microsoft Sysinternals (also included in the WSCC from point 2). On the “Everything” tab you will see an extensive list of all Autostart entries. To limit this, go to “Options” and checkmark “Hide Microsoft entries”. Go to the “Logon” tab. Everything you see here can be disabled without hesitation. None of this is system-critical. Just remove the checkmarks before the entries. Similar to the Process Explorer, you can display the Virustotal info via “Options -> Scan Options”.
On the other tabs, such as Internet Explorer, Scheduled Tasks, and Services, do the following. However, caution is required, especially in the case of the services (“services”). Often it is not at first sight to see what a service is required and what program functions are connected with it. In case of doubt, click on an entry with the right mouse button and select “Search online” from the menu. This will start a Google search for the process name. For which purpose a service is required and which program functions are associated therewith. In case of doubt, click on an entry with the right mouse button and select “Search online” from the menu. This will start a Google search for the process name. For which purpose a service is required and which program functions are associated therewith. In case of doubt, click on an entry with the right mouse button and select “Search online” from the menu. This will start a Google search for the process name.
4. Power-saving modes – Fast-start and shutdown Windows
When you start up, Windows needs to load many small files from the hard drive, analyze the hardware and search for new hardware. Windows 8 and 10 show you how to do this faster : By default, “quick start” is active here. Before shutting down, Windows quits all applications as well as the user session and writes parts of the memory with the image of the kernel into the Hiberfil.sys file on the boot disk. The PC then turns off. When booting, Windows transfers the contents of the file back into memory, and the system is quickly available after logging on. In the optimal case, this takes only about 10 seconds. It looks different in “restart”. In this mode, Windows is completely terminated and restarted.
To determine whether the quick start is actually active, follow these steps: Press Win-X, go to the “Energy Options” menu and click “Select what to do when pressing power switches”. A checkmark should be set for “Enable fast start (recommended)”. If not, click “Some settings are currently unavailable”, check the box and click “Save changes”. If Linux is also installed on the PC in parallel, you should deactivate the quick start if you want to integrate the Windows partition into Linux. Current Linux distributions otherwise deny access. Doing so may damage the Windows file system. Alternatively, quit Windows with “Restart” and then start Linux.
“Energy Saving”: Windows knows yet other modes, through which the system can be terminated. The “Shut Down” button on the Windows 7 start button or the “Power” button on Windows 8 and 10 also shows “Power Saving”. Behind it is a kind of double standby mode, in which the PC switches off, but the RAM devices are still powered (Suspend to RAM, ACPI S3). The contents of the main memory are retained. At the same time, Windows also writes the contents to the Hiberfil.sys file (Suspend-to-Disk, ACPI S4). If the notebook battery is empty or you disconnect the PC from the power supply, data loss may not occur.
Waking up from the “save energy” mode is also faster in Windows 8 than the “restart” mode. In Windows 7, the speed advantage is clearer because the system starts slower than Windows 8. In addition, started applications remain open, allowing you to continue working right where you left off. In the best case, only three seconds are needed to work with the system.
Against “energy saving” speaks the slightly increased power consumption in the switched off state, because some of the hardware still have to be supplied with voltage. With current PCs and notebooks, however, this is usually only about two watts, compared to less than one watts after “shut down”. Because the system starts slower than Windows 8. In addition, started applications remain open, so you can continue working right where you left off. In the best case, only three seconds are needed to work with the system. Against “energy saving” speaks the slightly increased power consumption in the switched off state, because some of the hardware still needs to be supplied with voltage. With current PCs and notebooks, however, this is usually only about two watts, compared to less than one watts after “shut down”. Because the system starts slower than Windows 8. In addition, started applications remain open, so you can continue working right where you left off. In the best case, only three seconds are needed to work with the system. Against “energy saving” speaks the slightly increased power consumption in the switched off state, because some of the hardware still needs to be supplied with voltage. With current PCs and notebooks, however, this is usually only about two watts, compared to less than one watts after “shut down”. Against “energy saving” speaks the slightly increased power consumption in the switched off state, because some of the hardware still needs to be supplied with voltage. With current PCs and notebooks, however, this is usually only about two watts, compared to less than one watts after “shut down”. Against “energy saving” speaks the slightly increased power consumption in the switched off state, because some of the hardware still needs to be supplied with voltage. With current PCs and notebooks, however, this is usually only about two watts, compared to less than one watts after “shut down”.
“Hibernation”: If you disconnect the PC and peripherals from a power strip with a switch, you should better use the “hibernation”. In this case, Windows only stores the contents of the main memory in the file Hiberfil.sys, the main memory is no longer supplied with power. Hiberfil.sys is about the size of the installed main memory. Depending on the performance of the hard disk, the reading can take almost exactly as long as a normal Windows startup. Since the state of the open applications is retained, a time advantage is nevertheless obtained.
By default, Windows does not offer “sleep” in the menu. To change this, look for “Power” in Windows 7 in the Control Panel. Click Edit Energy Plan, and then click Change Advanced Energy Settings. Under “Energy saving -> Allow hybrid standby mode”, set the option “On battery” and “Mains operation” to “Off”. After a reboot, “Resting” appears in the “Shut Down” menu on the Start menu.
Hybrid Standbymodus – What is it really?
If not, enter cmd from the Start menu. Start the input prompt by right-clicking the “Run as administrator” menu item. In the command prompt, run the following command line:
powercfg -h on
Then, restart Windows. After that, “Shut down” is shown in the menu. On Windows 8, “Allow hybrid standby mode” is disabled by default. In the system control, look for “Power switch” and click on “Change power switch behavior”. Click “Some settings are currently unavailable,” check the “Hibernation” check box, and click “Save Changes.”
Windows 8 quick start for Windows 7
The Windows 8 startup feature is roughly quiescent, but with a logged-in user and no running applications. This causes the Hiberfil.sys backup file to be smaller than the default rest state of Windows 7 and can be loaded faster. The change to the idle state without registered users can be automated under Windows 7, so you can also reach a faster system start.
Extract the Faststart.xml file to the hard drive. From the Start menu, locate “Task Scheduling,” and then start the tool. Go to “Task Scheduler Library” in the tree view on the left. In the right pane of the Import Task window, click, and then select the Quickstart.xml file. Click OK and close task scheduling. Log on to Windows. After a waiting time of 30 seconds, the system switches to idle status. This pause is necessary to ensure that the logoff process is actually completed.
If you want to unsubscribe, Click the desktop with the right mouse button. Select “New -> Shortcut” and enter the following line:
Clicking on “Next” and “Finish” then create the link.
5. Speed up the cold start of the PC in the BIOS
Some computers require a relatively long time until the Windows boot loader comes into action. How long exactly depends on the hardware configuration or the number of components that the bios must initialize. Switch off everything you do not need. A hard disk on the USB port, for example, is slowing down the boot because the bios is looking for bootable partitions. The same is true for a SATA controller in RAID mode. The search for hard disks takes sometimes 10 seconds or more.
You will find the necessary options in the BIOS / firmware setup, (“Del”), F2, F8, or F10, shortly after turning on the PC. On newer computers with Windows 8 or 10 preinstalled, start Windows and click the “Shut Down” button in the lower right corner of the logon screen. Hold down Shift and click Restart. Go to “Troubleshooting -> Advanced Options -> UEFI Firmware Setup,” and then click “Restart”.
Check whether the AHCI or RAID mode is active for the SATA adapter. The settings are usually found in menus such as “Advanced” and “SATA Configuration” or “PCH Storage Configuration”. This should be the case with all current PCs. If not, you can not simply change the mode because Windows will not start. A solution to the problem can be found here .
If available, the option “Aggressive LPM Support” or “Support Aggressive Link Power Management” should be enabled. This is the only way to prevent hard disks from being used when not in use, which can save energy and increase the life of the hard disks.
If an option such as “Fastboot” exists, enable it. This partly prevents the hardware check, which can reduce the start-up process by a few seconds. Also, disable all unnecessary devices, such as serial and parallel interfaces, as well as raid adapters. Enable options such as “Intel C-State” or “CPU CStates”. Only then do the power protection functions of the processor work optimally.
It can take a few more seconds if you set the boot sequence in the bios so that the system hard disk is in the first position. If, on the other hand, the DVD drive is active and a data carrier is inserted, the BIOS searches for it for a long time after boot files, even if none are present.
6. Upgrade hardware for a faster Windows
Windows benefits from a fast processor and a lot of main memory. For a typical office PC, however, 8 GB RAM is sufficient. More is only useful if you use image processing or virtualization software intensively. The RAM upgrade is inexpensive for many PCs or notebooks for little money. The change to a faster CPU, on the other hand, is expensive and brings hardly any noticeable performance.
Recommended is in any case the change from a hard disk to the SSD . Low-priced models with 500 GB, for example, are available for around 150 euros. The space is sufficient for the operating system and several applications. However, an SSD should not be completely filled, Otherwise the writing performance is reduced. Larger files are therefore better placed on a second internal or external hard drive.
SSDs provide high data transfer speeds of around 500 MB per second (hard disk: about 120 MB / s). But that does not matter. More important are the short access times, which have a positive effect on the Windows system startup. That’s why SSDs bring a decent performance even with older PCs or notebooks, even if only one SATA-II connector is available.
The Windows relocation from the hard disk to the SSD is without problems. You can use the Minitool Partition Wizard . The necessary steps are explained here . The transfer services before and after the move are determined via the AS SSD benchmark .
7. Slowly start Windows 10 after upgrade
The cause of a slow system can not always be attributed to a particular program. For example, many users report a significant reduction in performance after upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 or after the Anniversary Upgrade (version 1607). First, clean up the autostart (points 1.2 and 2) and check whether a program is particularly stressful to the CPU during system startup (point 1.3). Often, antivirus software is the system brake. Check with the manufacturer if an update is available or use the update / upgrade function of the software. Not infrequently, the accidental installation of two or more virus scanners, which are active at the same time, is also slowed down. In “Settings” (Win-I), go to “System -> Apps & Features “, or” Programs and Features “in the Control Panel. Uninstall the product you do not want to use.
Some PCs are obviously overloaded with the display of Windows tips. In “Settings”, go to “System -> Notifications and Actions” and set the slider to “Off” under “Get tips, tricks and suggestions when using Windows”.
In your notebook are two graphics chips, such as Intel and AMD? Then a current spotting function can be the cause of the slowdown. Open the registry editor via Win-R and regedit. Click “Computer”, go to the “Edit -> Search” menu, type EnableULPS, And click “Continue”. If the value is found once or more, change it to 0, and then restart Windows.
Sometimes, individual system files may be damaged during upgrade. This leads to unexplained malfunctions and also makes the system slower. The problem can be solved by pressing the Win-X key combination and clicking on “Prompts (Administrator)”. Type the following line: This leads to unexplained malfunctions and also makes the system slower. The problem can be solved by pressing the Win-X key combination and clicking on “Prompts (Administrator)”. Type the following line: This leads to unexplained malfunctions and also makes the system slower. The problem can be solved by pressing the Win-X key combination and clicking on “Prompts (Administrator)”. Type the following line:
Wait for the process to complete and restart Windows.
8. Start Windows remotely via smartphone
Instead of optimizing the fast start, you can start Windows just before the time you need the system. It is possible to turn on the computer before you reach the office or when you enter your apartment. The technology for this is called Wake on LAN (“WOL”), whereby the computer receives a wake-up signal from the network adapter. Wake on LAN only works with Ethernet adapters, but not over WLAN.
The bios and the network adapter must be prepared for this. In the Bios setup (point 5), set all options for Wake on LAN to “Enabled”, if available. Often there are several for the different energy states (S2, S3 and S5). These options are not always found, especially for notebooks. That does not matter. Active is usually the function anyway. On Windows, go to the Network and Sharing Center control panel and click Change Adapter Settings. In the context menu of the network adapter, go to “Properties” and click on “Configure”. Go to the “Advanced” tab. There are usually options like “Wake on magic package” and “Wake on pattern match”. Enable all options related to Wake on Lan. Go to the “Power Management” tab and check the three available options. Install the free Wake on LAN tool on your PC . It requires the .Net framework as of version 4.0. If it does not exist, the setup will ask for it. After starting, click “Listener” on the toolbar and leave the window open. Confirm the Windows Firewall message with “Allow Access”.
Configure the Android smartphone: Install the ” Wake on Lan – with widget ” app on your smartphone . The app is ad-financed, the pro version without advertising costs one euro. After the start, tap the WLAN icon. The app searches for running devices in the local network and displays their names and IP addresses. Remove the checkmarks from the devices that you do not want Wake on LAN to use, and then tap Add.
Tap the IP number in the list. The app sends data packets to the PC, which you can view in the “Listener” window. If log messages appear here, the app is configured correctly. Then create a “Wake on Lan” widget as a starter for quick access.
Shut down Windows, put your PC in hibernation, or use “Energy Saving”. If you now tap the IP address in the app on your smartphone, Windows will start up again. In a Windows 8 PC, waking up after “shut down” often does not work. In this case, deactivate the fast start (point 4). Put the PC to sleep or use “Energy Saving”. If you now tap the IP address in the app on your smartphone, Windows will start up again. In a Windows 8 PC, waking up after “shut down” often does not work. In this case, deactivate the fast start (point 4). Put the PC into sleep mode or use “save energy”. If you now tap the IP address in the app on your smartphone, Windows will start up again. In a Windows 8 PC, waking up after “shut down” often does not work. In this case, deactivate the fast start (point 4).
Configure network adapters: Set the options as shown in the figure. You can then start Windows over the network, for example with an app on your smartphone.
Wake on LAN automate: You can also start the PC automatically after you have logged in to the company or private WLAN. To do this, use the Tasker app . The app costs 2.99 euros, a 7-day demo is also available. In Tasker, go to “Profiles” and tap “+”. Select “State -> Net -> Wifi Connected”. Enter the SSID of your WLAN, Or tap the magnifying glass for a selection. Tap the Back button and select “New Task”. Enter a descriptive description and tap “+”. Select “Plugin -> Wake on Lan”. In “Configuration”, tap the pencil icon, select “Select Devices”, then click the IP address of the PC and “Select”. Scroll back to the Home screen. Activate Tasker using the icon at the top left. Then close the Wi-Fi connection test-wise and send your PC to sleep. Turn on the Wi-Fi connection on your smartphone to wake up Windows.
By the way, Windows can also be started remotely over the Internet. However, the configuration is somewhat more complex.