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How to schedule automatic shutdown in Windows 10

Hi! Despite the enormous advance in the functions of Windows 10, some of them are simply not there. For example, if you need to turn off the automatic system shutdown, you will not see the function. This can lead to a waste of energy. Because sometimes the computer does a certain task or downloads files from the Internet. Then it would be an idea that after the work is finished, it could be turned off automatically. This will prevent energy consumption. In osradar.com we are here to help you and we will show you a couple of ways to execute this step. So come with me to see how to schedule automatic shutdown in Windows 10.

How to program automatic shutdown using the CMD

The first method I propose is very simple to use. However, some users are not comfortable using the command line. Also, this method allows you to program the shutdown for the current section. In addition, the time frame is expressed in seconds, so you will have to convert it to the time you need.

Run a CMD
Run a CMD

Once launched you must enter the following syntax:

shutdown -s -t 
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The value corresponding to -t, represents the time for shutdown. For example, to set the shutdown time to one hour, the command would be as follows:

shutdown -s -3600

Remember that time is represented in seconds. Consequently, 1 hour is equivalent to 3600 seconds. So from now on, you can set any countdown you want. But always remember to express it in seconds. As mentioned, one drawback of this method is that it is only used per session. That is, it cannot be scheduled daily for a certain time. To accomplish this, let’s move on to the next method.

Schedule automatic shutdown of Windows 10 using the task scheduler

This process is longer and more complex than the previous one, but it has more possibilities. Since it allows to program the shutdown to be executed daily. Or also for a specific day and time. Let’s see how to do it. For that purpose, we will use the task scheduler in the search bar.

Open the task scheduler
Open the task scheduler

Then click on Create Basic Task

Please create a new basic task
Please create a new basic task

In the first place, give it a name that is easy to remember and locate. This way you can easily edit or delete it in the future.

Give the task a name.
Give the task a name.

Now it’s time to set the time you want the task to be repeated. That is, you can set the system to turn off as required. In this case we will choose the option Daily.

Next, you must set the start date of the task. Additionally, add the time you want the computer to be turned off. And to ensure that it repeats every day at the same time, please type 1 in the repeat box.

Please set the date and time of the task
Please set the date and time of the task

Please select the option to Start a program.

In the box corresponding to the program or script please paste the following: C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe. This corresponds to the shutdown action in Windows 10. You can also search for it manually by browsing in the System32 directory

Finally, check the parameters of the newly created task. If you’ve done everything right, you’ll see the summary of the settings.

After pressing Finish, the task will have been successfully added. Consequently, the computer will be turned off daily at the set time. Well, this way we’ve seen a couple of methods to schedule automatic shutdown in Windows 10. This way you’ll have more control over your system. All right, that’s it for now. Please visit our Telegram channel and check out our post about how to install MAMP in Windows 10. Bye!

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