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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

How to schedule your computer to shutdown at specific time

Windows has a secret trick that allows you to do just that :)
How to schedule your computer to shutdown at specific time

1) Go to Start -> Run. Type in 'shutdown -s -t 120' and press Enter.

2) Your computer will shut down in 120 seconds. Change 120 to any number (in seconds) you like :)

Important: If at any time you wish to cancel the operation, type in the command 'shutdown -a'.

PS: You could also use 'at 22:13 shutdown -s' to specify the time to shutdown. Just change 22:13 to any time that you want (must be in 24 hours format)

-s and -t used above are command switches, which is explained in the list below:

-s Shutdown the computer

-t Set a given time for shutdown, in seconds

-r Restart the computer

-l Log off the user

-a Cancels a system shutdown already in progress

-f Forces running applications to close without warning

-i Display a GUI. It must be the first switch

You may use any of these switches to your liking. Normally I'll also add -f to the command so that it will ensure that the computer will shutdown. (but make sure you don't have any unsaved work!)


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