How to set your PC so that it automatically lights at a specific time and wakes us to the sound of a sweet melody? Or how to turn your PC into a wake-up when you don't have it at hand? Here’s the question I'm going to try to answer in this article.
Superpowering computational units, computers have invaded our daily lives to the point of establishing an increasing dependence. Spreadsheet, word processing, game station, drawing tool, HIFI string... in short, you can almost do everything with your PC nowadays... anything but a wake-morning!
Well, be mistaken because after investigations and tests in real situations — at the risk of not going to work in the morning , I managed to find a way for your PC to wake you up automatically.
The solution? Quite simple in reality, it is about creating a planned task, no more or less. Explanations.
Creating a planned task
Much more complete than in previous versions of Windows, the Task Scheduler offers much more advanced features but above all with a clearer interface.
To create a new task, open the start Menu then enter Task Planner.
Once opened, click on Create a task in the sidebar on the right entitled Actions.
It is now necessary to review each of the tabs necessary for the realisation of an alarm clock.
Start by giving a name to your task — for example, Awakening. This will allow you to easily locate it once created and present in your task library.
Provide a description if you wish and check the following 2 boxes:
- Run even if the user is not logged in : this will allow the task to be launched in the background while remaining on the session home screen;
- Run with maximum permissions : this will override any type of restrictions that could prevent the task from running and therefore not wake you up;
Then go to the tab Triggers.
When creating a task, it is necessary to define the conditions that trigger it. To do this, click on the button New... .
From the drop down list, select At the scheduled time. In the settings, check the frequency at which you want to repeat the event. In our case, we will specify Once for testing purposes.
Then indicate the date and time of your awakening. To avoid any manipulation error, I advise you to set the execution of the task in daylight to test its proper functioning.
In the advanced settings, check that the box Activated it’s ticked. Validate by clicking on OK.
This is where we will define the action(s) that will occur at the start of the task. So click on the button New... .
Check that the action Start a program is selected and then go search for a music file via the button Browse... .
Validate by clicking on OK.
If one of the conditions that we will set in a few moments is not checked then the task will not run. So be attentive to the progress of the operations!
In the section Food — there must be a translation error I think, uncheck Start the task only if the computer is connected to the sector but tick Take the computer out of standby mode to perform this task.
Validate all by clicking on OK, the tab Settings not of particular interest in our case. A window will then be displayed asking for your session password.
Enter it and click on OK. The task is now created!
You can find it — for further modification, in the folder Task Planner Library located in the left pane of the window. One last crucial point I must insist on is: Don't turn off your PC but leave it on standby!
In this way, the task will take the computer out of standby mode and can run as we defined above. If you have a laptop, unplug the mains plug and leave it on battery. Otherwise, keep a power source for your desktop PC.
All this for a revival will you tell me? An apparently complex solution that can help you in certain situations!