How to schedule automatic shutdown in Windows 10 : 4 ways

Do you always forget to switch off your computer before going to bed, or just forget to look at the clock while you’re working? Or maybe you have something important going on your computer but you have to leave it, how convinient it would be if the computer would shut itself down after a certain time wouldn’t it? This article will tell you how to get your computer to shut down at a time specified by you. This works for almost all versions of windows from 7 to 10.

Set auto shutdown via Run.

Show Run by Windows+R, type shutdown –s –t number and tap OK.

Tip: The number in the run command represents the value of seconds.

For example, if you want your PC to automatically shut down in 10 minutes, the command to be entered is shutdown –s –t 600.

After finishing this setting, the system will prompt you about the auto shutdown time, as shown in the following screen shot.

Set auto shutdown via Command Prompt.

Step 1: Open Command Prompt. (right click on the windows start button)

Step 2: Type shutdown –s –t 1200 (i.e. 20 minutes) and press Enter.

Set auto shutdown in Windows PowerShell.

Open Windows PowerShell (hit the windows button on your keyboard and type in ‘powershell’), input shutdown –s –t 1800 (i.e. 30 minutes) and hit Enter.

Create a basic task named Shutdown.

Step 1: Open Task Scheduler (by searching for it just like powershell)

Step 2: Tap Create Basic Task on the right.

Step 3: Type Shutdown as the task name and click Next.

Step 4: Choose when the task starts from Daily, Weekly, Monthly, One time, When the computer starts,When I log on and When a specific event is logged, and then hit Next.

Step 5: Set the start time of the task and click Next.

Step 6: Select Start a program and tap Next.

Step 7: Click the Browse button, open Disk C/Windows/System32, choose the exe file named shutdown and hit Open.

Step 8: Enter –s as the argument and click Next.

Step 9: Click Finish to complete the task creation and bring the task into effect.

That’s it, you now know how to schedule a shutdown in Windows 10. If you have any questions, just reach for the comments below.

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