Automatically shut down your XP, Vista and Nework PC

This post walks you through the process of automatically shut down your work PC at the end of the day. In Windows XP — open Scheduled Tasks from the Control Panel, then double-click on Add Scheduled Task. Click browse button, and navigate to Windows\system32\shutdown.exe. Name the task and choose Daily option. Choose a time to shut down; you'll set a […]

This post walks you through the process of automatically shut down your work PC at the end of the day. In Windows XP — open Scheduled Tasks from the Control Panel, then double-click on Add Scheduled Task. Click browse button, and navigate to Windows\system32\shutdown.exe. Name the task and choose Daily option. Choose a time to shut down; you'll set a warning and a fail-safe before we're done. The wizard ask for your username and password; you can fill this in or skip it. Before pressing Finish to save the task, check the box marked Open advanced properties for this task when I click Finish.

Note: Whether you're using XP or Vista, once the shutdown is activated; to kill it, you’ll need to launch Shutdown.exe with the switch -a (for abort). So as a failsafe, create a desktop or Quick Launch icon called something like "Cancel shutdown" with the target C:\Windows\system32\shutdown.exe -a.

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