6 Reliable Solutions to Fix "Computer Turns On by Itself" - Get Your Answer Here!

Why my computer turns on by itself from hibernate or sleep? How come my computer automatically turns on at night /after shutdown? Don't panic. No more ghost story. To stop this problem from occurring, we provide 6 solutions for you to fix the computer turning on by itself.

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Once your PC starts up by itself after sleep or hibernate, you might suddenly associate it with a ghost story or computer failure issue. Many users think about that. But, most of the reasons behind computer turns on by itself have nothing to do with ghosts or hardware problems, but rather settings. Unconfirmed settings cause the computer to start automatically at night/after shutdown/from sleep.

Here we have listed six methods to figure out your settings. Going further to get more details.

Why Computer Turns On by Itself

Why does my computer turn on by itself? Check several possible reasons first.

So, how to do it when the computer runs on by itself? To fix the computer turning on by itself, we listed six ways in the article. Stay on the page and read each part to get an in-depth tutorial.

Solution 1 - Turn Off Scheduled Updates

The Windows can automatically download OS scheduled updates and restart your PC to install those changes. That is one of the common reasons of computer turns on by itself.

1 - Use Local Group Policy Editor for Permanently Disable
2 - Change Windows Update Settings to Pause Updates

1 - Use Local Group Policy Editor for Permanently Disable

Step 1. Type gpedit.msc in the search box to start Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2. Follow the path on the left side: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update

Step 3. Click Windows Update, choose the Standard option, and double-click the Configure Automatic Updates

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Step 4. Select Disabled to stop automatic updates.

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Step 5. Click Apply and then choose OK.

2 - Change Windows Update Settings to Pause Updates

If you just want to ignore some specific update, you can pause updates for a specified time rather than permanently disable Windows Updates. Stopping system updates can last up to 35 days.

Step 1. Click Settings > Select Update & Security > Choose Windows Update

Step 2. Choose Advanced options under the Windows Update option

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Step 3. Under the Pause updates, move to "Pause until", use the drop-down menu to choose the time.

Except for the above two ways, you can also use Registry to disable Windows Updates. However, this method is risky for data security. Perhaps it requires a backup before using Registry. So we recommend those two ways to reach updates disabling.

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Solution 2 - Disable Automatic Restart

Automatic restart can restart your computer in case of system failure or hardware change. It is OK to turn off this feature because the sudden restart may cause data loss.

Step 1. Press Windows + R to open the Run window, type Control Panel to start. (Or type Control Panel in the search box.)

Step 2. Choose System > Click Advanced system settings

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Step 3. Once the System Properties pop up, choose the Advanced option and click Settings under Startup and Recovery.

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Step 4. When Startup and Recovery windows pop up, uncheck Automatically restart under System failure.

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Solution 3 - Disable Fast Startup

What if your PC reboots by itself after shutdown? You can stop fast startup.

Step 1. Type Control Panel in the search box, and click to start.

Step 2. Click Power Options > Choose what the power buttons do in the left panel

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Step 3. Click Change settings that are currently unavailable

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Step 4. Under Shutdown settings, uncheck Turn on fast startup.

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Solution 4 - Prevent Automatic Maintenance

Automatic Maintenance on Windows 10 can keep your computer healthy, including software updates and security scanning. That will run one hour per day when you don't use the devices that much.

Check in-depth tutorial:

Step 1. Type Control Panel in the search box and then click to start. (Or press Windows + R > Input Control Panel > Click OK)

Step 2. Select Security and Maintenance and click the inverted triangle button behind the Maintenance.

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Step 3. Under the Automatic Maintenance part, select Change maintenance settings.

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Step 4. You can change the time for automatic maintenance or uncheck the option "Allow scheduled maintenance to wake up my computer at the scheduled time".

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Solution 5 - Disable Allow Wake Timers

A Wake Timer is a timed feature that starts your PC from sleep or hibernates. If you don't want this function waking your PC at a specific time, you can disable the Wake Timers.

Step 1. Press Windows + R to type Control Panel, and click OK to continue. Click the Power Option on the page.

Step 2. Choose Change plan settings from the Preferred plan.

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Step 3. Click Change advanced power settings 

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Step 4. Choose Sleep > Select Allow wake timers > Click Disable

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Solution 6 - Change Wake Up on LAN (BIOS)

Wake on LAN is used to wake up PC from sleep or hibernate remotely. This is useful if you use remote access a lot. Read to get steps.

Step 1. Restart your computer and press the Delete button repeatedly to enter BIOS.

Step 2. Once you entered, move to the Powe Options.

Step 3. Move to Wake Up on LAN > Use the up and down arrow keys to choose Disabled > Press Enter

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Step 4. Press F10 and choose Yes to save and exit.

Step 5. Restart your computer.

To Sum up

Have you fixed the computer turns on by itself? In this article, we have outlined six solutions. A large part of the approach has to do with the Control Panel.

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