How to Schedule a Smart Nightly Shutdown

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Joshin

Sleep / Wake up

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nordraw

How do you know that you are a geek? Just read these posts and if you see your name, well, there you go.

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Theatre Booth Guy

If we shut our machines down, we won't get nearly as much folding done for team 11108

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jelenko

How about just using Task Scheduler?

I love all these apps that just do what is already built into Windows.

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Xtomik

If your BIOS doesn't have a wakeup feature, you may be able to set it to wake-on-lan and use your router to send a wakeup network packet at a certain time, or pass through a WOL packet from an external site. I think some third part router software like Tomato and DD-WRT support this. Here are is a walkthrough of one idea:

http://lifehacker.com/#!348197/access-your-computer-anytime-and-save-energy-with-wake+on+lan

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Daemon

Or ... go one better and learn to code your own automation algo, to do several things, like run your cccleaner, windows update, antivirus scan, etc... then finally complete shutdown, as per your own schedule nightly, even if you're away from your pc for emergency trips to hospitals or whatever.  This and more is easily done via an automation suite called AutoIt <code><a href="http://www.autoitscript.com/site/autoit/">go there</a></code>

with AutoIt you're only limited by your imagination. AutoIt has a strong vibrant forum community and a lot of dedicated development experts, and is very well doccumented.

**Edit: meh, damn "code" won't work or that'd be a clickable link. Compose tips are FUBAR.

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10pound

No offense Alex but why bother with a third party app like this when a person (Windows user that is) can just use Windows built in task scheduler to run the shutdown command ("C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe")?  The "No Mouse/Keyboard input" feature is cool I suppose but for those of us who maintain a fairly consistent schedule due to work obligations and such, its basically fluff.  I know when I will be calling it quits each night.

To the thread posters who want their PC to boot at a specific time: Not all BIOS manufacturers offer it but my computer boots from a fully powered down state each morning at 6:30AM thanks to a boot scheduler in my ASUS motherboard.

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SleepyCatChris

My desktop wakes up in less than 3 seconds. How is this a "pain"? Unless my SSD really makes that much of a difference. What's typical with a regular hard drive?

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COMMANDER_COOK

My laptop wakes from sleep in just a few seconds. I think this is a waste. You can schedule a shutdown using Window's task scheduler in the time it takes just to install this program.

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Obsidian

Ok, this is great, but what about turning back on at a certain time? Let's say I'm gone for a week, and I want my MPC-inspired DVR to turn on during recording hours and off after the commercial detection and encode is complete. I would really like not having to remember to turn on my PC when I come home every night and for vacations this would be great so that I don't have to leave it on 24/7.

Is there some software that will allow not only shut down time with some of the features of the product above, but also allow turn on time? Assuming windows 7 64-bit, home, professional or ultimate is the target operating system.

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ltjad

I know this is a very late reply.  I just stumbled upon the article.  I have used a product called TimeComX.  It will allow you to schedule a shut down and restart from Hibernation.

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big_montana

I do not know of anything that will turn a computer on from off state, other then wake on lan in your BIOS, but you can always wake it from hibernate (which uses roughly the same power when powered off). There is a freeware utility called WakeupOnStandby that will do the trick. You can use it to run a task or program then place your machine back into hibernate. I use it to download my torrents automatically while I am asleep or out on the town or on vacation. Then when done, it hybernates my computer again. Also use it to run my back ups and virus scans late at night. Been using it for over two years now, and it does run on Win7.

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Blaze589

Hibernation is the same as shutting down your PC the only difference is that it flushes the information in RAM to the HDD/SSD and restores it to the RAM on power up. Standby keeps your system on but utilizes enough power to keep components idle whilst maintaining all information on RAM. You perhaps mean standby.

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big_montana

If I meant standby, I would have said standby. I meant just what I stated and do not need technical terms explained to me, as I have been working in the IT field since 1978. Just because the app I recommended has standby in the name, does not mean it only works with standby mode. Do not assume anything as it only makes an azz out you, and google (or Bing if that is your preference) something next time before commenting.

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neo912

So have you been a total jerk since 1978 or is that a recent development?

First of all throwing around your credentials means nothing. How much of that tech you worked with in the 70s and 80s is even still around and useful?...not much...plus its the internet people lie.

Second the guy wasn't rude at all he just thought you might have meant something else and typed the wrong term you really don't have to be an azz about it.

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SleepyCatChris

Holy shit dude. Overreact much?

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Blaze589

Apologies.

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Blaze589

You can use the BIOs. It should be named wake on alarm or wake on timer. You can only schedule one time though. If your a bit more technical you can with a smart phone or PC send a "magic packet" to start your PC for you.

magicpacket.free.fr

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