Windows 8 Disables WoL


I had Wake on LAN working on Windows 7 but since Windows 8 it didn’t work. It didn’t help that every UEFI firmware flash would wipe the settings. It turns out Windows 8 shutdown behavior is different to Windows 7 using hybrid sleep.

Go to Power Options in Control Panel.

Click on the Choose what the power buttons do:
Power Options

Click on the link Chamge settong that are currently unavailable:
System Settings

Uncheck the Turn on fast start-up:


Apart from the usualy BIOS / UEFI changes Windows software also play a bigger role in how WoL works. It’s another Microsoft fault for imposing mobile settings on the Desktop.

Wake on Lan doesn’t work in Windows 8

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