any software can shut down my computer automatically?
Thread poster: jun1
Jan 24, 2007

I often leave my office by doing other things at work time (im a salesman). So there's a problem about my pc, how can i leave my pc on when i go out but it can automaticallly shut down at time i expect? I often download films or tv programs when i work.

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Mulyadi Subali  Identity Verified
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automatic shutdown Jan 24, 2007

there are lots of program to automatically shut down your computer. starting from commercial ones, such as autoshutdown pro, to freewares, such as auto shutdown, which can be downloaded here:
i can't give recommendation on which one is the best, as i don't use any. my suggestion is for you to try the free one first.

[Edited at 2007-01-24 10:36]

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PAS  Identity Verified
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Download managers Jan 24, 2007

If you are leaving your computer on to download large files, use a download manager.

Most (?) should have an option "shut down computer when finished downloading".

I can't recommend anything specific. There are very many download managers around. I use DAP (

Pawel Skalinski

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Suzanne Blangsted  Identity Verified
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shut-down//power options Jan 24, 2007

You have control over your computer's shut down. Check "power options".

First click on start, then choose "control panel", then click on "power options". There are several choices, so you can decide what you want to do.

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Prokop Vantuch  Identity Verified
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Try this one Jan 24, 2007

Download this one from my website:
It supports Czech, English and German. It can shutdown your computer at certain time or there is a countdown feature.


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Zoltán Medgyesi
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My favourite: Shutdown scheduler Jan 24, 2007

By Damian Pasternak. It can be used to shut down or hibernate the machine after a given time, or when a given application closes.

In the evening I start my backup utility, then Shutdown scheduler, and I tell it to shutdown the computer when the backup program closes.

It works fine.

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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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Please stay on topic Jan 24, 2007

Dear all, I hid some postings as they were irrelevant in regard to the Subject of this topic or were plain advertising of poster's own product. Please stay on point when replying,

Thank you all,

Best Regards,


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on windows? Jan 24, 2007

You may have to be your PC's local admin or at least Power user to do this.

On windows 2000 or windows xp:
Start->Control Panel (Classic View)->Scheduled tasks->Add a scheduled task->Next->Browse

Create a one-liner batch file, e.g., c:\>test.bat with the following line:

shutdown -s

Select the time you want your PC down in the Scheduled tasks.

Try "shutdown -s" on the command line first (interactively), if succeeded, try the scheduled job by setting it at, say 10 minutes, down the track to be sure that it has worked before setting it up for production.

On Linux, you need to have the privilidge to run the cron job:
crontab -e

Select the time you want your PC down and create a one liner:

init 0 or shutdown -h 0 or halt

Do a man cron, man init, man shutdown. Be sure that one of or all of these shell commands have worked for you before setting up the cron job for production.

In both cases, the OSes themselves allow for timed shutdown by (privilidged) users.

[Edited at 2007-01-24 22:51]

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gfichter  Identity Verified
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This one's free Jan 25, 2007

On Windows, start up a command prompt (Start-->Run-->cmd) and type:
shutdown -s -t

This will shutdown your computer in t seconds. If you want to restart, use -r.

shutdown -s -t 0
shut down right now

shutdown -r -t 3600
restart in 60 minutes (3600 seconds)

This comes in handy when you want a print job to finish but you are on your way out the door, and it is also helpful when things get locked up on your computer. The command prompt is a relatively dumb program so it can sometimes work when other programs are clogged up.

For info on more options try this:
shutdown /?

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