How To Turn On A Laptop Without The Power Button?

Last updated Aug 16, 2020

Laptop computers like many other material things deteriorate and break down over time. Sometimes the rest of the laptop is functioning just fine, but the power key does not work. This is especially annoying if you have some important documents saved on the laptop, and it just will not turn on.

There are several ways to find your way around this problem and get access to the files on the laptop. One way is to use the Windows external keyboard, and another way is to enable a wake-on-LAN for Windows. This article will show you how to do that.

Turning on the laptop by using the external keyboard

Most laptops have a setting that will enable you to use a keyboard to turn on your laptop. However, this setting is usually disabled by default. To be able to power up your laptop via keyboard, you need to have enabled this feature before your power button broke.

So, how exactly do you power on the laptop by using the external keyboard?

Well, the first thing you need to do is access the BIOS (basic input/output system) settings. There are several ways to enter the BIOS settings. The first way is to use the F2 key during startup. You can access the advanced menu if you press the F2 key (or the DEL key) when you boot up your computer.

If your system is already on you, do not need to shut down to gain access to the BIOS setting. Instead, you can do the following. Firstly, you may go to the Settings option in the Start menu of your laptop (typically, this is the first icon on the bottom-left corner of your screen in Windows). Once you are in, you can press Update & Security. You will be presented with a list of choices on your left.

You should select Recovery from the list. After clicking on it, there will be a tab with two sections; under the advanced setup, you can choose Restart Now. Once the new window pops up, click on Troubleshoot and then Advanced Options.

Next, you will need to go to the ACPI Management tab or Power Management tab and click Enter. One of the options there will say something similar to Power On By Keyboard or Wake On Keyboard. To enable the options, you may use either + (plus) or – (minus) key. You can enable the key you would like to use to power up your laptop and save it. After saving, you can exit the settings by pressing the F10 key.

After you have done all of this, you need to make sure that your custom settings actually work, so the next step is testing. To do that, you have to shut the Windows down and then power it on by pressing on the key you selected.

If this method does not work for you for some reason, then there is another one you can try. We will discuss it below.

How to enable the wake-on LAN for Windows 10

In this case, as well, you will need to enable the BIOS in advance. Here is how you activate the wake-on LAN with BIOS.

The initial steps are similar to the previous method. You need to access the advanced menu by pressing the F2 key (or the DEL key) when you boot up your computer. If your system is already on, you do not need to shut down to access the BIOS setting. Instead, you can do the following.

Firstly, you may go to the Settings option in the Start menu of your laptop (this is the first icon on the bottom-left corner of your screen in Windows). Once you are in, you can press Update & Security. You will be presented with a list of options on your left. You should select Recovery from the list. After clicking on it, there will be a tab with two sections; under the advanced setup, you can choose Restart Now.

Once the new window pops up, click on Troubleshoot and then Advanced Options. Next, you will need to go to the ACPI Management tab or Power Management tab and click Enter. Here is where things take a different turn.

After all of that, you need to check for the setting that says Power on LAN or Wake-On LAN or something similar to that. To enable the options, you may use either + (plus) or – (minus) key. Again select the key that you wish to use to power on your laptop. Save the custom settings and exit using the F10 key.

After you have carried out these steps, the network card will be in need of configuration (to make sure that the system can be powered on). Here’s how to go about the configuration of the card.

Go to the Start button and right-click it. From the options, select the Device Manager. After the Device Manager menu has opened up, look for the Network Adapters. Right-click the Network Adapters’ menu.

Then click on the Properties and afterward on the Power Management tab. You need to tick the box that says, “Allow The Device to Wake The Computer.” After the configuration process is finished, you need to test the wake-on LAN to make sure that it works. To do that, shut down the Windows system and when it is off plug in the LAN to see if it turns back on.

You need to keep in mind that even this method may not work on your laptop as the wake-on LAN configuration and your ability to configure the network depends on the setting of your motherboard.

If all of this seems too complicated to you, then the other option is to simply install a new power button. You need to take your trusty laptop to a repair shop and tell the repair expert to install the new button instead of the old broken one.

There is a way to do it at home, but if you are not an expert, then there is a chance that you will damage something else during the disassembly and reassembly. It is better to trust the experts.



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