You know in the morning your alarm clock goes off if you set it up before you go to bed? Similarly, it is possible to set you computer to go to sleep or shut down automatically at a certain time. It should help you or your work company save on electricity bills at the least. We will show you how it works on your Windows PC platform equipped with Windows XP or Vista operating system. Your computer has a simple program called Windows Task Scheduler. It very easy to set this automatic shutdown process.
First go the Start on the bottom left corner of your screen, then look for Task Scheduler. Open that up, if you can’t find this program you can find it inside your Control Panel too. Anyways after you open that up, double click the Add Scheduled Tasks icon. It will allow you to use Scheduled Task Wizard, you can skip the things that follow until you reach the Browse icon. Ok in there, type in Windows\system32\shutdown.exe and hit Enter button on your keyboard. That’s it. The hardest part of this easy trick is now over.
What you do now is give this task a name and choose how frequently you want your computer system to shut down automatically – daily, weekly, monthly, etc. The pick the time of the day you want that to happen. The task wizard ask for you username and password, which you can skip. Now you are almost ready to click the Finish. Before you do that, check the dialog box that says Open Advanced Properties and inside Run append a space and one or more item -s for shutdown, -l for log off and -r reboot, depending on which one you want your system to do. And you are done.