How to schedule Automatic Shutdown in Windows 10 [EASY GUIDE]

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simple ways to schedule Automatic Shutdown in Windows 10

Sometimes you might want to schedule certain tasks, especially if you don’t have enough time to do them manually.

If you want to learn more about scheduling on Windows 10, today we’re going to show you how to schedule shutdown on Windows 10.

If you can’t shut down your computer manually for some reason, you might want to schedule a shutdown. This is extremely useful if you leave your computer to do something during the night, or if you have to leave your computer for a few hours while you do some errands.

So, let’s see how to schedule a shutdown in Windows 10.

How to schedule shutdown in Windows 10?

1. Use Run dialog, Command Prompt or PowerShell

To start the Run dialog just press Windows key + R. If you want to run Command Prompt or PowerShell you can search it in the search bar.

Now, all that you have to do is type the following command into Run dialog, Command Prompt or PowerShell and press Enter:

shutdown –s –t 600schedule shutdown

We have to mention that 600 represents the number of seconds, so in this example, your computer will turn off automatically after 10 minutes. You can experiment with different values and set the one you want.

If you’re having trouble accessing Command Prompt as an admin, then you better take a closer look at this guide. There’s a similar article about Powershell problems and how to fix them.

2. Use Task Scheduler

  1. Start Task Scheduler by going to the Start Menu, typing schedule in the Search bar, and choosing Schedule tasks.
  2. When Task Scheduler opens, click the Create Basic Task.schedule shutdonw windows 10 1
  3. Enter the name for your task, for example, Shutdown.schedule shutdonw windows 10 2
  4. Now choose When do you want the task to start. In our case, we’ll choose One time.schedule shutdonw windows 10 3
  5. Now enter the time and date when the task will be executed.
  6. Next, choose Start a program.schedule shutdonw windows 10 5
  7. Click the Browse button and go to C:\WindowsSystem32 and select a file called shutdown. Then click Open.schedule shutdonw windows 10 6
  8. Now just in the Add arguments field add -s, and then click Next.schedule shutdonw windows 10 7
  9. Now you should see the task information. You can check it one last time, and if you’re pleased with your settings click Finish to schedule a shutdown.schedule shutdonw windows 10 8

If Task Scheduler doesn’t work, follow this complete guide to fix it.

3. Use a dedicated software to help with shutdown

Windows Shutdown Assistant is a software that allows you to shut down your PC at the set time automatically. You can also set it to shut down in other situations such as system idle, excessive CPU usage, or low battery.

windows 10 shut down

It can also support computer log off, restart, and lock up, all automatically. Thus, we recommend you download the free version of the program before deciding whether it’s worth your money or not.

That’s it, you now know how to schedule a shutdown in Windows 10. If you have any questions, just reach for the comments below.

FAQ:  Learn more about scheduling tasks

  • How do you schedule tasks?

Windows has a built-in app, Task Scheduler, specifically for scheduling tasks and we’re showing you just how to use it so that you maximize your productivity results.

  • What can you do with Task Scheduler?

Task Scheduler is a tool that allows you to create and automatically run virtually any task , from starting up a program, or sending emails, to programming the device to shut down.

  • Does Windows 10 have a task scheduler?

Indeed, Windows 10 has a built-in task scheduler; alternatively, you can use a third-party app that performs similar actions.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in December 2015 and was revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • ok, i have made a couple of tasks, and i clicked the “daily” option. Now i want to delete them, how do i do that, because i have tried to look for the tasks that i made and can not find them

  • I set this task up as per your instructions, but it fails when it launches telling me that the directory name is invalid (0x8007010B). I can’t figure out what’s going on. I followed your instructions to the letter.

  • In the Task Manager, you can find the task in the scrolling menu in the center. Find what you named your task, right click and delete. You might have to double left click it to make the right click menu pop up.

  • I get error code 2147942523 and before I kept getting a message saying this task is already running why I’ve done this once before worked fine :/

  • I have used Task Scheduler to create the “Shutdown” basic task for 2100hrs daily. It only works when I am actually using the computer ! If I stop using my PC at say 1900 hrs it just goes into sleep mode and doesn’t fully shut down which I then have to do when I check it at say 2300 hrs. Is this something to do with a conflict between sleep mode and my Shutdown command ?