Installing a program that’s going to take hours to install or downloading something from the internet that’s going to take a few hours? If that’s the case, you certainly won’t want to be by your computer’s side the whole time so that you can simply shut it down once it’s done, but you’re probably going to do it anyway because you don’t want your computer to keep running once it’s done. Well, what most people don’t know is that they can schedule their computers to shut down at a time that they themselves designate!
Yeah, that’s right – you can instruct your Windows 7/8/8.1/10 computer to shut down at a specific time. And best of all, you won’t have to use any third-party applications or tools to do so! Sure, there are tons of third-party programs out there that you can use to make your computer shut down at a specific time, but why bother using an application that you are going to have to download if you can simply use a utility that is already built into your computer? Here’s how you can make your Windows computer shut down at a specific time using the built-in Task Scheduler:
Open the Start Menu
Type taskschd.msc into the Start Menu and press Enter to launch the Task Scheduler.
In the right pane of the Task Scheduler, click on Create Basic Task….
Type a name for the task in the Name field and, if you want to, give it a Description. Once done, click on Next.
If you want your computer to shut down at the time you will be designating just this once, select One time. On the other hand, if you want your computer to shut down at that specific time daily or on a weekly or monthly basis, select Daily, Weekly or Monthly, respectively. Click on Next once you are done.
Specify the date and time at which you want your computer to shut down and, if applicable, designate how many days you want the scheduled shutdown to recur after, and then click on Next.
Select Start a program and click on Next.
Type shutdown into the Program/script field and –s –f –t 0 into the Add arguments (optional) field and then click on Next.
To create the task, go over it, confirm that everything is in order and then click on Finish.
Once you click on Finish, the task will be created, after which you can view and edit it in your Task Scheduler Library. Once the task has been created, your computer will successfully shut down at the time(s) (and day(s)) you have specified.