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

Updated on February 7, 2017
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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.

Problem:

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

Cause:

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

Solution:

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