Wednesday, August 10, 2011

How to Automatically Shut Down your Computer? [Windows]

This is a guest post by Dominic Acito

Shutting down the PC automatically helps many of us save energy. I for one, leave it powered on most of the time (sometimes during the night as well) and automatically shutting it down is a great idea.

  • First, you need to open up the “Task Scheduler” in Windows. In Windows 7, you can click start, type “Task scheduler” into the search box, and hit enter. The task scheduler will pop up in a new window.

Create Basic Task

  • Now, click the “Create basic task” link on the right side of the Task Scheduler window. A new window will pop up. Give the new task a name and click next (I’m calling mine Auto Shutdown).

Task Trigger

  • At this point, you will be asked when you want the task the start. You need to choose daily since we are setting this task to run every night (You can choose the most relevant option in your case).
  • On the next screen, choose a time for your task. I choose 1 am since I know I will be in bed by then for sure.

Start Program

  • Now, click the “Start a Program” checkbox and click next.
  • On the next screen, type “shutdown” in the “program” box. At the arguments field type in “–s –f –t 0”. See the screenshot above for clarification.
  • Now, click the next button and click finish. At this point, your computer will be all setup to shut down every night at the time you specified.
This was written by Dominic Acito. Dominic brings his experience as A Computer Engineer, PC Super User, and a Web Developer to the site. If you find yourself asking why is my computer so slow then be sure to visit his site about fixing slow computers.