Boot up or Shut Down Windows Computer with Time Scheduler

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Thanks for Sleep mode on Windows. You can schedule boot-ups, shut-downs, and wake-ups on Windows computer, which you computer can automatically power up in the morning and automatically shut down at night.

You can set Windows boot up and shutdown times through Windows task scheduler. A Windows handy tool allows your PC automatically wake from sleep or computer enter to sleep mode at a specific time. You can find Task Scheduler application on Windows 7 & Windows 8.

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This Windows scheduler can be particularly useful if you want your PC to wake and perform downloads in off-peak hours or start other actions before you wake up in the morning — without running all night. Below are the step to boot up or shutdown Windows computer automatically with time scheduler.

Steps to Boot up Windows Computer Automatically with Time Scheduler:

  1. Open the Task Scheduler by typing Task Scheduler into the Start menu and pressing Enter.Task Scheduler
  2. In the Task Scheduler window, click the Create Task link to create a new task.
  3. Name the task something like “Wake Computer”. You may also want to tell it to run whether a user is logged on or not and set it to run with highest privileges.
  4. On the Triggers tab, create a new trigger that runs the task at your desired time. This can be a repeating schedule or a single time.
  5. On the conditions tab, enable the Wake the computer to run this task option.
  6. On the actions tab, you must specify at least one action for the task – For example, you can choose “Start a program” task launch a Windows application like Windows FTP Client.Wake up WindowsOr if you just want to wake the Windows only without running a program, you can tell the task to run cmd.exe with the /c “exit” arguments – this will launch a Command Prompt window and immediately close it, effectively doing nothing.

Step to shut down Windows computer Automatically with Time Scheduler:

  1. Open the Task Scheduler by typing Task Scheduler into the Start menu and pressing Enter.
  2. In the Task Scheduler window, click the Create Task link to create a new task.
  3. Name the task something like “Sleep computer” and make sure check the box for “Run with highest privileges”. Since the shutdown computer utility requires admin access.
  4. On the Time Schedule Triggers tab, create a new trigger that runs the shutdown computer task at your desired time. This can be a repeating schedule or a single time.
  5. Now flip over to the Actions tab, click New, and then enter shutdown into the Program box, and /S into the parameters box. If you want to force a shutdown and kill every app, you can use /S /F to force it to happen right away.
  6. On Task Scheduler Conditions tab, you need check the box to only start the task if the computer is idle for more than x minutes. You can also choose to stop the task if the PC isn’t idle to help make sure it doesn’t kick in if you are on the PC.Task Scheduler Condition
  7. Lastly is the Time Scheduler Settings tab, you need to choose to restart the task every 30 minutes if the task fails—that way, if you are on the PC for a while past the normal time, the job will start up later on and shut down the PC.Task Scheduler Setting Tab

Beside using Windows task scheduler, you can also used command prompt to put the Windows computer to sleep or hibernate it. Below are the commands:

  • Shut Down: shutdown.exe -s -t 00
  • Hibernate: rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState
  • Sleep: rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0