This tutorial will teach you how to schedule your computer to shut down automatically
after a certain amount of inactivity. This is a great way to ensure the security of files and documents on your PC as well as ensure that your computer does not run for hours (or days) on end for no reason.
Automatically Shut Down Your Computer
Open your Task Scheduler
by clicking Start
> Control Panel
> System and Security
> Administrative Tools
. Then click Task Scheduler
In the right side of menu that opens, click Task Scheduler
> Schedule Task
. Give your task a name and description. At the bottom of the page, be sure to check the box that reads Run with highest privileges
In the Task triggers
tab, click New
. Now, set the frequency of your task (i.e. daily
, or monthly
). Click OK
Now, head to the Actions
tab. Click New
, and enter the location of the shutdown program. Enter the program into the Program/Script
field. Then enter /S
into the Arguments
, and review your automated task. Click Finish
to save your settings. Do NOT close your window.
Shut Down PC After Inactivity
Now that your task is planned, you can schedule your computer to shut down after a certain period of inactivity. This can be done by adding a condition
to your task.
Open the Conditions
tab, and click Create a task
Tick the button underneath the box Start the task if the computer is idle for
, and set the desired time. You can also check the boxes Shut down if the computer is no longer active
and Stop if the computer ceases to be idle
to ensure that your computer does not stop when you use it again.
Finally, go to the Settings
tab, and check the box If the Task Fails, Restart every…
. Choose 1 hour
Apply your new settings by clicking OK
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Published by ChristinaCCM
Latest update on September 8, 2016 at 02:09 PM by owilson.