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Do you turn on your computer at a certain time every day? If you’re like me, you like to have your PC ready to go at a certain time each day, so you don’t have to wait for it to boot up (Even if it comes up quickly). Fortunately, every PC (mac included) has the ability to do so on a schedule!

Set a Windows PC to start up at a certain time

Step 1: Restart your PC

Step 2: As your PC comes up, quickly press the key for SETUP (Usually F1, F2, or Delete)

Step 3: Use your arrow keys to find the “Power” tab of the BIOS. Hit the Enter button to select it.

Step 4: Scroll to “Automatic Power up” (This may be different on some computers) and hit Enter

Step 5: Go to “Time Alarm” and adjust it to the time you want the PC to start.

Step 6: Hit “Esc” on your computer and instruct it to save the settings. (F10 usually does the same)

Step 7: Wait for your computer to restart, and you are done!

Set a Mac to start up at a certain time

Step 1: Press the apple at the top left of your computer, and select “System Preferences”

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Step 2: Click on “Energy Saver”

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Step 3: Click on the “Schedule” button at the bottom right of your screen

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Step 4: Check the box that says “Start up or wake” the select the frequency and time you would like the computer to turn on. Click OK and you are all set!

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It’s simple to set a PC or Mac to start up at a certain time. Save yourself some time every day and set it up. All you will have to do is sit down and log in after following the steps above! Stay tuned for our upcoming article on how to set your PC to shut down every day or on a timer!

Rutledge Daugette

Founder & CEO

Founder of TechRaptor with a love of video games (B.S. in Game Programming) and technology. Started TechRaptor to create a place where people could come for quality content.