View Full Version : auto shutdown desktop computer?
06-26-2006, 10:28 PM
i would like to have my desktop computer shutdown automatically at midnight everyday. I searched on google but everything requires money.
the other problem i have is that outpost firewall and sometimes my tv recording programs have prompts that ask me if i want to end the program and wont quit without user intervention.
any help would be appreciated. thanks :)
06-26-2006, 10:29 PM
Did you check out C:\WINDOWS\system32\shutdown.exe + Task Scheduler?
06-26-2006, 10:47 PM
i cant try that yet becuase the computer is still recording but some people said that didnt work, the only thing i have to be sure of is that it closes all of the disalog boxes that popup so my computer isn't sitting there in a state of half on half off waiting for user interaction.
06-26-2006, 10:50 PM
Try the -f switch as well.
Or maybe -t 20 or something.
06-27-2006, 04:36 AM
If I remember correctly, the task scheduler shutdown only works if you are logged off of the machine.
If whatever you're running can be done without a user logged in, you can use the built in scheduler.
06-27-2006, 11:07 AM
Maybe you can get it to switch into 'Hibernate' by using a flag at the end of 'shutdown.exe.' The computer turns entirely off and it doesn't ask you to close anything.
06-27-2006, 09:07 PM
heres what i did to get it to work
"shutdown.exe -s -f"
set it to run at 12:05 am everyday :)
problem solved, thanks for the help guys
07-02-2006, 09:18 AM
is there any way to automatically turn it back on? (other than having to ask your roommate)
07-02-2006, 11:06 AM
Most computers can be set to be turned on automatically from inside the BIOS.
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