Possible Options to Set Auto Shutdown Timer in Windows 10

Windows 10 has this amazing feature of automatic shutdown that is really helpful. It not only makes the computer usage safe and secure; it further ensures that the machine is shutdown properly every time. With the current situation where children are getting education online, they are getting prone on using computers and laptops. There are times when they don’t follow the protocol of shutting down the machine. In such cases, automatic shutdown scheduler works as a savior.

Options to enable shutdown timer

Windows 10 allows its users to create a shutdown timer in 4 different ways

Using Run command

Follow the instructions below to create a shutdown timer using Run command in a Windows 10 machine:

  1. Go to Start menu > Run. Or Press Windows + R key on keyboard to launch the RUN dialog box.
  2. Type “shutdown -s –t <number of seconds>” and press OK.

Note: Here, the number indicates the seconds after which you want the system to auto shutdown. For example, if you want to shut down the machine after 10 minutes, then enter 600 seconds.

Once you press OK, the system prompts you about the auto shutdown timer.

Using Command Prompt

Follow the instructions below to create a shutdown timer using Command Prompt in a Windows 10 machine:

  1. In the Search box, type cmd and click on the Command Prompt in the results.
  2. Type shutdown –s –t 1200 and press Enter.

Using Windows Powershell

Follow the instructions below to create a shutdown timer using Windows Powershell in a Windows 10 machine:

  1. In the Search box next to Start menu, type Windows Powershell and select the Windows Powershell app in the results.
  2. Type shutdown –s –t 1800 (i.e. 30 minutes) and press Enter.

Using Task Scheduler

Follow the instructions below to create a shutdown timer using Task Scheduler in a Windows 10 machine:

  1. In the Search box next to Start menu, type schedule and select Task Scheduler.
  2. The Task Scheduler app is displayed.
  3. Click on the Create Basic Task hyperlink.
  4. Type Shutdown in the Name field. Click Next.
  5. Select from the given options:
    • Daily
    • Weekly
    • Monthly
    • One Time
    • When the computer starts
    • When I log on
    • When a specific event is logged.

    Click Next.

  6. Select the Start Date and Time. Click Next.
  7. Click on Start a program option and click Next.
  8. Browse to Disk C/Windows/System32 and click Next.
  9. Click on shutdown exe file and click Open.
  10. Enter –s in the Add arguments field and click Next.
  11. Click on Finish to create a shutdown timer via Task Scheduler.



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