startup network computer through command prompt

Is there a way to turn on a PC which is off and connected to the network?  Is there a command line that can be used from the Domain Controller to do this? or any other way to start a turned off PC?
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
The only way this can be done is if the unit has a remote management card installed or a WOL (Wake On LAN) network card. The later being the more common and far less expensive. Most server grade network cards, and many quality workstation network adapters have this feature built in. You send, from a remote workstation, manually or through a script, a "magic packet" which initiates the boot sequence. As mentioned, the network adapter must have the capability and it has to be configured in the PC's BIOS settings.
Have a look at the following sites for a more detailed explanation:
There is a thing called WOL (Wake on LAN) to start servers or pc,s
Tool for WOL:

for shutdown yuo can use shutdown in de cmd.

Good luck,


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mdmcq5Author Commented:
Looks like my motherboard has the “Power Settings” for settings “Power Up Control”  settings related to Power Up on Network.

I'm going to download the free Wake-On-Lan program from solarwinds and give it a shot.

Thank you both for your input.
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Rob WilliamsCommented:
>>"I'm going to download the free Wake-On-Lan program from solarwinds and give it a shot."
I assume your network card has the WOL feature ?

Thanks mdmcq5,
mdmcq5Author Commented:
Yes it does.
Rob WilliamsCommented:
Great should be all set.
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