How can I schedule my computer to shutdown at a certain time?
Question by Nkeshimana Emmanuel /

How can I schedule my Windows XP computer to shutdown at a certain time?

Browse other questions & answers in the category ; tagged , , , ; or ask your own question.

Comments for this Question are closed.

If you are looking for help, please ask a new question.

We will be happy to help you!

Answers (7)
  • Adjei Kofi

    You can use command prompt to create a simple scheduled shutdown.
    Open command prompt. Then type the following:
    “shutdown -s -t 60″ (without quotes)
    The numeric figure represents the time for the shutdown process to begin. It reads in seconds. So for the system to shutdown in a minute, you use 60; for an hour, you use 360, and so on…
    have fun trying :)

  • tito

    How to Set a Timer for Automatic Shutdown
    Setting up a timer for automatic shutdown is no big deal, in fact many people would already know about it, but if you don’t, read on.

    There is no software to install and no tweaks to be made. An automatic shutdown is inbuilt into Windows and ready to be explored. Let’s check out how we can set a timer for automatic shutdown.

    Right click on the desktop. Select New → Shortcut.
    A New Shortcut dialog box will appear.
    In the location box, this is how you will enter the details: shutdown.exe is for calling the shutdown executable. s is the command for shutdown. f is for performing a forced shutdown. If an application stops responding when shutting down, this command will force shut it. Using this command is not compulsory, but recommended. And next, the t command is for specifying the time the shutdown will take place. After you put the t command give a space and then enter the time in seconds. So in the above example, the computer will be shut down in 6 hours. Let’s put the whole command in one line:shutdown.exe -s -f -t seconds
    Click next and the shortcut will be created on the desktop. Give it a name and click it whenever you wish to initiate an automatic shutdown. If you want to change the time, right click on the shortcut, select properties and change the time from the dialog that opens.
    Tip: This command can also be initiated from the Run box or CMD.

    Tip 2: If you want to display a message that displays when the countdown is in progress, you can append a c command with a message attached. Like this:
    -c Computer is shutting down

    Tip 3: If you want to restart the computer instead of shutting it down, replace the s with r. Similarly, if you’d like to logoff, replace s with l.

    How to abort Shutdown
    If you just woke up from sleep and feel like working on your laptop a bit more, there is no easy way you can abort the shutdown. The cross on the top will not work and you won’t be able to kill the process from task manager. But still there’s a way to stop the timer and stopping the bomb before it blasts.

    Click the WinKey + R
    The run dialog box will appear. Type shutdown.exe a
    A stands for abort. The shutdown timer will vanish.
    So this was it, let us know how you make use of this feature in the comments!

  • Irshaad Abdool

    create a new scheduled task that fires shutdown.exe (found in system32)

  • Anonymous

    TaskmgrPro Shutdown Scheduler
    if you launch your task manager then you will find a new tab there.
    Go to run and type taskmgr

  • Mjevolve

    hello .

    there are many ways .

    >schedule a shutdown task in windows Task Scheduler .
    >use programs like autoshutdown  ,  a music player with such a function like AiMP player , Jet Audio .
    >if you use a system maintenance utility like the Advanced System Optimizer , even it has such type of in built tools .

    try n see 

  • Jay

    and yes, if the pc is going to be idle, then you can enable hibernation.

    Display properties> screensavers > power> hibernate>enable hibernation
    display properties> screensavers > power> system hibernates: select time
    press ok.

  • Jay

    Can tell me the exact purpose ?

    If you want to shutdown on a particular time eg. 5:12

    control panel> sseduled tasks
    open C:WINDOWSTasks

    add scheduled task
    press next
    click browse

    Select one time or repeat level
    select time and date
    press next
    you will see the added task with name of exe and time.

New comment

Please login to avoid entering captcha

Log In