Boardroom PCs usually get forgotten about after meetings conclude and staff
walk away from the room. Since these infrequently accessed PCs tend to have
Hibernation disabled, they can remain powered up for days on end doing nothing
but consuming electricity.
I decided to tackle the problem with Windows 'Sheduled Tasks' by configuring the computer to automatically close all programs and shut itself down at the end of the business day. Scheduled
Tasks is a powerful tool built into Windows 7 that most IT Admins overlook, but
is incredibly handy when you need to fun custom batch script or a pre-defined
program... we're not even scratching the surfce in this brief TechTip.
Anyway, to automatically shut down a computer at a pre-determined time, go to
Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Task Scheduler. In Task
Manager choose the 'Action' menu > Create Basic Task > name it
"AUTO_Shutdown" and click next > select "Daily" > leave the start date as
is and update the time to when you want the computer to shutdown, say
"6:00:00PM." Set it to recur every "1" days > choose "start a program" >
click "browse" and navigate to "c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe". In the Add
Arguments feild, type: "/s /f" without the outside quotes. Click Next, check the
"open the priorities box..." button. > Finish. Check "run whether user is
logged in or not", OK > enter your Windows log in credentials and click OK
one last time.
If you now click on "Task Scheduler Library" in the left hand pane of the
Task Sheduler window you'll now see the 'AUTO_Shutdown' task you've just
Double click on this and then right click > Properties if
you want need to adjust when the task runs, or right click > Delete. When the
task runs, a box will pop up that says "Windows will shut down in less than a
minute", then all open programs will be forced close and the PC automatically
Problem solved, power saved!
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