there are a number of freeware programs which you can use to schedule shutdowns, reboots etc at certain times. The best one I can think of is Karen's Show Stopper which you can get from here. She has made quite a few handy applications so the website is well worth checking out.
You can also use Window's own scheduler to program a shutdown or reboot event. To do that, please follow these instructions:
- Click Start -> Run -> type:
- Click OK
- That will launch Scheduled Tasks
- Click 'Add Scheduled Task' then click Next
- Then browse to shutdown.exe which is located in C:\Windows\system32\
- Then you can choose a name for the task and when to run i.e, daily, weekly, monthly etc then click Next
- Choose the time/date of the task then click Next
- Then you will be prompted for your password so that the task can run with your credentials then click Next
- Place a check in 'Open advanced properties for this task when I click finish' then click Finish
- Now in the run box, you can edit whether you want to shutdown/reboot etc
- To shutdown, change the C:\WINDOWS\system32\shutdown.exe line to:
%windir%\system32\SHUTDOWN.exe -s -t 01
- That will program a shutdown with a 1 second countdown but you can change the countdown by replacing the 01 with your preference
- If you want to schedule a reboot, you will need to change the C:\WINDOWS\system32\shutdown.exe line to:
%windir%\system32\SHUTDOWN.exe -r -t 01
- That will set a reboot with a 1 second countdown but again, you can change that if you like
- Click Apply/OK to save any changes and it's set
It's a bit trickier doing it the latter way so it's up to you which method you want to use.
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