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My husband and I was sound asleep only us were In the room with the door shut no cats or dogs, just us. Then I heard the noise my computer makes when it starts up so I woke up. The room was lit up from the computer turning on from the screen saver and it was opened to the page I was on earlier that day. I don t

My husband and I was sound asleep only us were In the room with the door shut no cats or dogs, just us. Then I heard the noise my computer makes when it starts up so I woke up. The room was lit up from the computer turning on from the screen saver and it was opened to the page I was on earlier that day. I don t understand how this happened because nobody touched it to make it come off of the home screen. Dies anybody have a logical explanation?

Best Answer:

Mrs. Burner: several possible explainations

– all (windows) computers can have scheduled events (timed events)
and the PC can wake up for those

– The PC may not actually have shut down properly (99% but not 100%), and the PC eventually detected that it was 'at fault'. The normal response to a fault is to reboot. It therefore could have been a very late reboot due to a bad shutdown (some process got stuck).

– could be a similar situation after a recent patch / update had been applied (Patch thursday when Microsoft release new ones) and on shutting down, it still wanted to reboot to finish applying.

– It is also possible, that if it was cable connected to internet (not using wifi), that it got hit with a data packet called 'wake on lan' The idea is to be able wake up remote PC's but not often used….

So several possible reasons, but no one could actually say which applied here.
Probably a bad shutdown / very late auto recovery
(there are event logs, kept in the 'Computer->manage' area that would give a clue but not always that easy to understand)

I would not worry about it.

Other answer:

Mrs. Burner:
This happened to my old computer. I thought maybe an internal component was broken but that was not the case. There was some program on my hard drive that kept waking the computer up but I couldn't figure out what. Once I got a new drive, the problem went away. If it's an old drive, it may be the drive itself that's broken. When a hard drive gets too old, the arm inside of it can randomly start reading the drive and wake it up. If your computer keeps turning on, don't be surprised if it breaks within the next few months. "But my computer was shut down. That can't happen!" Although that is true, there's still an electrical current running into your computer from the wall. As long as there's a current, anything can be randomly powered on. I'd suggest making a back up of your drive and then cloning it to a new one. There are plenty of free programs that will do that for you. Plus, a new drive is only $50 for 1TB
Jim:
There's four ways to shut down a computer, Sleep, Hibernate, Log Off, Full Shut Down.
You simply turned off the computer using sleep or hibernate.
Both these modes keep the programs etc that you were using, on and ready for use. Sleep mode can awaken the computer with your last page or software running by itself, hibernate puts the computer into a deeper state using less power.
Had you done a full shut down you would not see the last page you were on.
Debbie:
I've had this happen a few times with my desktop. The case I bought came with those bright blue lights. Anyway, in each case, I found I had just forgotten to shut down the computer properly and it went into sleep or hybernate mode. After virus scans, I couldn't find anything, so I chalked it up to the computer needing to do something and it woke up to do it. I know it's not shut off properly right now, but it hasn't woken up. Thing is, my wired cable got eaten by my dog and I put in a wifi adapter (looks like a thumb drive on a thin cable) and the computer hasn't woken up with just the wifi in use. Btw, thanks. I need to shut my desktop down now that I've been reminded.
champer:
It's because you haven't powered it down completely and something, probably an update, is scheduled to restart it. In future, shut the machine down and turn off the wall switch.
threeplusonedollarbills:
Starts up after not fully shutting down.
David:
Is there any chance you let someone else to access your computer earlier? Someone may have installed team viewer app in order to remotely control your PC/Mac. Otherwise it is a kind of Poltergeist.
Francis:
maybe you didnt turn it off properly and an update or something similar restarted it
baths:
demons. clearly demons.
Robert:
the Ghost in the code… obviously

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