Ever Wondered How To make a auto shutdown?



You will need to disable -Hide Extensions For Known File Types- In the folder options so you can rename file type extensions.

Open notepad and simply type this

shutdown -f -s

Save it to C: as shutdown.txt then rename it to shutdown.bat
Windows will tell you the file could become unstable by changing the extension Ignore this warning.

Then simply add a scheduled event and make shutdown.bat the command line program. Set the desired date/time.

You are finished.. Now your computer will shutdown at a certain time. This can enhance security or just save power.

Here is a detailed explanation of how the shutdown commands work.

ShutdownAllows you to shut down or restart a local or remote computer. Used without parameters, shutdown will logoff the current user.

shutdown [{-l|-s|-r|-a}] [-f] [-m [\\ComputerName]] [-t xx] [-c "message"] [-d[p]:xx:yy]

Logs off the current user, this is also the defualt. -m ComputerName takes precedence.
Shuts down the local computer.
Reboots after shutdown.
Aborts shutdown. Ignores other parameters, except -l and ComputerName. You can only use -a during the time-out period.
Forces running applications to close.
-m [\\ComputerName]
Specifies the computer that you want to shut down.
-t xx
Sets the timer for system shutdown in xx seconds. The default is 20 seconds.
-c "message"
Specifies a message to be displayed in the Message area of the System Shutdown window. You can use a maximum of 127 characters. You must enclose the message in quotation marks.
-d [p]:xx:yy
Lists the reason code for the shutdown. The following table lists the different values. Value Description
u Indicates a user code.
p Indicates a planned shutdown code.
xx Specifies the major reason code (0-255).
yy Specifies the minor reason code (0-65536).

To shut down \\MyServer in 60 seconds, force running applications to close, restart the computer after shutdown, indicate a user code, indicate that the shutdown is planned, log major reason code 125, and log minor reason code 1, type:

shutdown -r -f -m \\MyServer -t 60 -d up:125:1

Jason Roberts

I have already done this tweak! It is a very nice feature where I forget to shut down my computer, this feature automatically shuts down the computer for me. ;)


LoL Nick M
Might ought to Hide the file then and Delete scheduled tasks shortcut from the start menu ;)
Remember to do a -c "Message Goes Here"
To really tick off the teachers...


Not if you have ServicePack 1 installed.
Another question - why not schedule shutdown.exe directly without making a batch file first?


Originally posted by yoyo
Not if you have ServicePack 1 installed.
Another question - why not schedule shutdown.exe directly without making a batch file first?
Because You can cancle this shutdown.

All you have to do is

Run / shutdown -a

That command aborts the shutdown The default timer on shutdown is 30seconds...

Also you can shutdown a system remotly with this command.
The Batch file gives more control to you the user instead of a direct shutdown...

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