How to schedule shutdowns in Windows 10

Andrew Wafer
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Using Windows 10, 8 is easy, but if you just installed the system and want to learn essential tips and tricks or if you just want to get more familiar with the new Windows 10, 8.1 update, then you can anytime use our dedicated tutorials. In that matter, today, we will be checking how to schedule automatic shutdown in Windows 10, 8.
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‘Automatic shutdown‘ or ‘schedule shutdown‘ is an in built feature that can be found on any Windows system, whether we are talking about older versions of the platform or about the latest release of Windows 10, 8.1. The best is that you can manage to schedule automatic shutdown with ease and in less than a minute as Windows 10, 8 has a great and user friendly interface. Therefore, don’t hesitate and use this step by step guide in order to learn how to properly use your Windows 8.1 laptop, desktop or tablet.

An automatic scheduled shutdown operation should be required each time you want to manage your Windows 10, 8 device without actually using it. For example, you can use this feature when an update is being applied, when you are watching a movie and you might fall asleep or when your device is performing an operation that might take a long time and you don’t want to depend on that process. In all these situations (and not only), the automatic shutdown solution is just perfect for you. Anyway, let’s see how to enable it on your Windows 8 device.

Short guide for automatic shutdown in Windows 10

If you’re running Windows 8.1, use this guide to schedule automatic shutdowns on your computer. If you installed Windows 10, scroll down to find the corresponding solution.

1. First of all, use your keyboard and press Windows key along with R button in order to initiate the “run” sequence.
2. Then type “taskschd.msc” and hit “ok”.
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3. After that, the Task Scheduler will be displayed.
4. From there select “create task” under the “actions” banner.
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5. Set a name for the new action and then tap or click on “triggers”.
6. From the following window select “new” and then set up your shutdown settings and then press on “ok” to confirm.
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7. Again go to “actions” tab and select “new“.
8. Type “shutdown” in the new window and confirm by taping or clicking on “ok”.
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9. Now, select the “conditions tab” and check the “Start the task only if the computer is idle for:”.
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10. Set the shutdown time depending on your needs and click “ok”.

On Windows 10, there are more ways to schedule shutdowns. For example, you can run a simple shutdown command in  a Run dialog window, Command Prompt or PowerShell window. Of course, you can also use Task Scheduler, just as you would on Windows 8.1 or install a dedicated software to help you with this task. For more information, you can check out this guide.

That was all; so this is how you can easily schedule automatic shutdown in Windows 8 if you want your system to close for itself. Stay close for further step by step guides and Windows 8 and 8.1 tips and tricks.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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  • Does NOT work for me. Can U indicate exactly the options selected for a 1 minute idle shutdown.

  • What if it’s 11pm, I’m downloading a big file, going to bed and I want it to shut down at 1am. In Win 7 I could open a command prompt and type: at 01:00 shutdown – s. Simple as that. A very quick one-off task. It’s now a “deprecated” feature. Grrrrr….