Shut Down and Boot Your Computer Automatically

| January 19, 2014 | 2 Comments

To shut down or not to shut down, that is the question. Since the birth of personal computing, users have been debating whether or not it is necessary to shut down your computer every night. Some complain it takes too long to boot their computers in the morning so they simply leave it on all of the time. Preferable, it’s best to restart a PC everyday. Below, we’ll show you how to automatically shut down and restart the computer each morning so you can get the best of both worlds.

How To Automatically Shut down Windows Every Night

To automatically turn off your computer every night you will need to use Task Scheduler. To Access Task Scheduler in Windows, navigate to the Control Panel and then click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Task Scheduler to launch the utility.

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In the right-hand section under Actions, click “Create Basic Task . . .”

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In the Create Basic Task Wizard, name and describe the task you are creating. In this example, we just named it “Shut Down Computer.”

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On the “Start a Program” section, type C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe in the “Program/script” text area. In the Add arguments section, type /s and then click Next.

On the next screen confirm all of your settings and then click Finish to set the scheduled task to shut down your computer at the same time every night.

How To Automatically Boot Your Computer Everyday

Since your computer will be off, you will need to use the BIOS to automatically start the computer for you in the morning. All late model computers should have this capability. If your PC is ten years old and not using AHCI, then you may not.

To set this up, you will first have to get into your system BIOS. The BIOS is accessed by tapping a key when first powering up your computer. Some computers use F1, some use F2, F10, F12 or Del. You will have to watch for something that says “To access setup, press the F1 key,” for example.

Once you get into the BIOS, look for a menu that says “Power” or “Power Settings.”

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In the above example, the ability to turn on the computer through the BIOS was under a setting called “Power On By RTC.” The terminology used on your computer may differ. Enable it and then set the hour you want your computer to turn on automatically.

In conclusion, having the ability to allow you computer to control when the machine is powered off and powered on allows you to reboot daily without having to go through the hassle of sitting in front of the machine and watching it load. Automatically booting your computer will help it run more efficiently and save power during the off-hours when you are away from it.

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  1. Brian says:

    How can I get this to work on XP?

    • Dave Dave says:

      Hi Brian. You should still be able to schedule Windows to shut down automatically. My main concern is the age of that computer and whether of not the BIOS supports the capability of waking the computer at a specific time. Have you checked the BIOS for the setting mentioned in the article?

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