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Can a backup job wake the computer from sleep? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Windows 7 SP1: I have configured a backup job to run regularly at 1 AM. However, when I look at the backup files, the timestamp always says something like 7AM, 7:19AM, etc. My suspicion is that my computer goes to sleep before 1 AM, and so the backup job doesn't run until I wake the computer.

    Can I configure this job to run at 1 AM, waking the computer if need be?

    Thanks,

    Jim

     

    Thursday, October 13, 2011 6:34 PM

Answers

  • By default, if it's time for your regularly scheduled backup and your computer is off, sleeping, or hibernating, Windows Backup skips the backup and 
    waits for your next scheduled backup. However, if you want to automatically wake the computer to perform backup, you can use the task scheduler
    to schedule a task to wake the computer before the scheduled backup time.

    Follow these steps:
    1.  Click on Start button and type “Task Scheduler” in the start search box and press enter.

    2. Select the “Task Scheduler” from the menu and click on “Actions” and then select “Create task”.

    3. Click “Conditions” tab and make sure that “Wake the computer to run this task” is checked.

    For further information about how to Schedule a task check the article mentioned below.

    Schedule a task:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Schedule-a-task

    For any standby issue follow the link below for steps and make changes to the sleep and hibernate options accordingly and then proceed with the backup.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Sleep-and-hibernation-frequently-asked-questions

    Access the link below for information on Automatic backup and changing its settings.
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Set-up-or-change-automatic-backup-settings


    Thank you! Computer Repair in Kissimmee
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 6:47 PM
  • Hi,

     

    PCMedik’s reply is command to use task scheduled to run your backup job.

     

     After setting the step 1 2 3, you need also set the actions on task scheduler. In action option, you can select start a program or run script, you can change your backup job to a script, then put the script to action option.

     

    Thus, task schedule will run the script to perform your backup job even if the PC is sleeped.

     

    Regards,

    Leo   Huang

     

     


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    Monday, October 17, 2011 7:31 AM
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  • Leo,

    Sorry that it has taken me so long to respond to your note. Two aspects of this:

    1. In your reply, you say that after creating the backup job in Win7 Backup and Restore, I should then go into the task scheduler, change my backup job to a script, and then put the script into the action option. And, then check the box that says to wake the computer if it is asleep. What is not clear to me in your reply is how to "change my backup job to a script". Can you explain this.

    2. What I did do was to create my backup job in Win7 Backup and Restore, > then open the scheduler > find my backup job in the list of scheduled jobs > edit it > check the box to wake the computer, and save the job. I did no other editing. I found that my backup job now runs properly at 1 AM. And furthermore, I can still see the backup job definition in the Backup and Restore utility.

    So, my problem is solved. However, for future issues could you explain "Convert your backup job to a script". I think this would be very useful information.

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011 6:24 PM

All replies

  • By default, if it's time for your regularly scheduled backup and your computer is off, sleeping, or hibernating, Windows Backup skips the backup and 
    waits for your next scheduled backup. However, if you want to automatically wake the computer to perform backup, you can use the task scheduler
    to schedule a task to wake the computer before the scheduled backup time.

    Follow these steps:
    1.  Click on Start button and type “Task Scheduler” in the start search box and press enter.

    2. Select the “Task Scheduler” from the menu and click on “Actions” and then select “Create task”.

    3. Click “Conditions” tab and make sure that “Wake the computer to run this task” is checked.

    For further information about how to Schedule a task check the article mentioned below.

    Schedule a task:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Schedule-a-task

    For any standby issue follow the link below for steps and make changes to the sleep and hibernate options accordingly and then proceed with the backup.

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Sleep-and-hibernation-frequently-asked-questions

    Access the link below for information on Automatic backup and changing its settings.
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Set-up-or-change-automatic-backup-settings


    Thank you! Computer Repair in Kissimmee
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 6:47 PM
  • Thank you for your quick reply to my posting.

     

    I followed your steps: 1, 2, 3. But, then what??

    I need an action. So, for an action I elected to display a message on the desktop: "Waking computer for backup".

    I scheduled the task to run daily at 12:55am, starting Oct. 14 (tomorrow morning). And checked the box to wake the computer if need be.

    I then clicked OK to complete the scheduled task definition.

    But, my task does not appear in the list of scheduled tasks.

    What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks,

    Jim

     

    Thursday, October 13, 2011 7:49 PM
  • Hi,

     

    PCMedik’s reply is command to use task scheduled to run your backup job.

     

     After setting the step 1 2 3, you need also set the actions on task scheduler. In action option, you can select start a program or run script, you can change your backup job to a script, then put the script to action option.

     

    Thus, task schedule will run the script to perform your backup job even if the PC is sleeped.

     

    Regards,

    Leo   Huang

     

     


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
    Monday, October 17, 2011 7:31 AM
    Moderator
  • Leo,

    Sorry that it has taken me so long to respond to your note. Two aspects of this:

    1. In your reply, you say that after creating the backup job in Win7 Backup and Restore, I should then go into the task scheduler, change my backup job to a script, and then put the script into the action option. And, then check the box that says to wake the computer if it is asleep. What is not clear to me in your reply is how to "change my backup job to a script". Can you explain this.

    2. What I did do was to create my backup job in Win7 Backup and Restore, > then open the scheduler > find my backup job in the list of scheduled jobs > edit it > check the box to wake the computer, and save the job. I did no other editing. I found that my backup job now runs properly at 1 AM. And furthermore, I can still see the backup job definition in the Backup and Restore utility.

    So, my problem is solved. However, for future issues could you explain "Convert your backup job to a script". I think this would be very useful information.

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011 6:24 PM