Wake on Lan (WOL) Does NOT Work After Upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7

Updated on February 20, 2019
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Windows 10 Wake On Lan What is Wake on LAN (WOL): It is powerful and convenient feature that enables users to remotely power up their computer over a network, saving energy while also allowing remote access to the computer when needed.


Wake on LAN (WOL) stopped working after upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. In my case, I use Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller.

Even though I did all settings for WOL such as  disabling turn on fast startup, configuring adapter options related to WOL, and etc, WOL is not working.

My environment:

Previous OS: Windows 8.1 Pro x64

Current OS: Windows 10 Pro x64

Mainboard: Asus H87-Plus

NIC: Onboard Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller

NIC driver version: 9.1.401.2015 released on April 1, 2015


Realtek Ethernet Card driver that comes with Windows update causes the problem.


Install Realtek Ethernet Card driver ( Even though it is older than Microsoft driver) from Realtek Website.

Download Realtek PCIe NIC Driver

Note: Make sure you enabled WOL feature for your NIC.

Control PanelNetwork and InternetNetwork Connections -> right click ethernet -> properties -> client for microsoft networks -> Configure … -> Power Management -> Wake on LAN: -> Wake on Magic Packet: enabled, Wake on Magic Packet from power off state: enabled