Has it ever happened that you were assigned a long-playing task, but you had no time to sit at the computer? Maybe it’s time to go or sleep, and someone has to turn off the computer. Automatic shutdown of your computer will help you.
In what cases is it necessary?
Well, for example, if you:
- enable a full scan of the computer for viruses
- launch the video conversion process
- download a large amount of information from the Internet
- install a “heavy” program or game
- copy a large amount of data, for example, for backup
- and many more options for every taste
In some programs there is a checkbox, such as “Automatically shut down the computer after the completion of the process” or “Auto Shutdown”, for example, as in Nero after the end of the disc burning. But if the program does not provide for such an opportunity, then you will have to schedule an auto shutdown on schedule.
This is not difficult. You just need to set the time after which the computer should turn off, or turn on the timer. You need to calculate the time yourself. If the program writes the estimated execution time, then throw 20-30% and get what you need. And if he doesn’t write, then estimate the time according to the speed of the task.
There are two simple ways to schedule a scheduled shutdown of your computer:
- Standard Windows 7/8/10 Tools
- Third-party timer programs
We advise you to use special programs; they are simple and straightforward. Now we will analyse the standard method.
Automatic shutdown of the computer using standard Windows tools
To do this, we need a standard “Task Scheduler”. So, let’s take a closer look at how to configure the “Task Scheduler” to turn off the laptop after a certain time:
Launch “Task Scheduler” through “Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler”, or just write the word “scheduler” in the search bar of the “Start” menu
In the task scheduler, we can go to the “Task Scheduler Library” and see all active tasks. Click on “Create a simple task”
In the first window, write a friendly name for the task, for example “Turn off the computer” and click “Next”
We select the frequency of starting the task. Suitable for one-time action “Once”
And enter the desired response time
At the next step, we leave the default value “Run the program”
And enter the name of the startup program “shutdown” with the arguments “-s -f”. The “-f” switch is optional, but I recommend it. It forcibly closes naughty programs.
That’s it, the task has been created. To view it and change the time, you need to go to the task scheduler library and click on our task 2 times with the mouse. Next, you need to go to the “Triggers” tab and click “Change”. Everything is explained in detail in the figure.
At the specified time, all programs will be completed and the computer will turn off. Take care of saving all data in open programs in advance.
You might have noticed that we entered the program name “shutdown” and the arguments “–s -f”. Basically, you can just type “shutdown –s -f” and do nothing else in the argument field. Then the planner will warn you that it has found the arguments itself and will ask permission to use them.
Delayed auto shutdown of the computer through the command line
You can also turn off the computer without the task scheduler through the command line in the “Run” window. And more specifically, then:
We call the “Run” window through the “Start -> Run” menu or hot keys “Win + R”
We enter “shutdown –s –f – t 1000”, where “1000” is the number of seconds after which the automatic shutdown will occur
Those. we write everything the same, only change “1000” to the required number of seconds (3600 seconds in one hour). After the specified time has elapsed, one more minute will remain, which will be warned about by a special window
If you change your mind about shutting down your computer, just enter the command “shutdown -a” in the “Run” window.