To answer simply would be yes it can power on using a WMC Remote. The key as someone else mentioned is to put it to sleep not hard off. Also as already mentioned, if you must go hard off than the IMON will work, but I don't like it either. To me get a WMC remote, a Harmony Remote, and enable your BIOS and USB ports to wake from USB and you are in the money. All you have to do is program the Harmony using the WMC remote and the Harmony will send the power on signal when you push Watch a Movie. It will also power down to sleep when changing to Watch TV or simply selecting the power off button. Moral of the story is put the machine into sleep, I believe S3 sleep.