Windows provides multiple ways to shutdown the system. However, no matter how much you search within the Windows settings, you will not find any option whatsoever to schedule shutdown. But that doesn't mean you cannot do it.
Here, how to shutdown Windows on timer or schedule shutdown with just a few clicks.
Note: I'm showing how to schedule shutdown in Windows 10. But the below scheduled shutdown procedure will work in Windows 7 and 8 too.
Auto Shutdown Windows
There are two methods to auto shutdown window. The first one is useful when you want to set a temporary and single-use shutdown timer.
The second method is useful when you want Windows to auto shutdown at a specific time regularly, like when you go to sleep.
I will show both PC shutdown timer methods, use the one depending on your needs.
1. Windows 10 Shutdown Timer
Though Windows has no visible option to create a Windows shutdown timer, you can auto shutdown Windows with a single command. All you have to do is execute a single shutdown timer command either in PowerShell or Command Prompt.
This method is very useful when you have to spontaneously set a shutdown timer to auto shutdown Windows. For instance, you can use this tip to limit how long your children can use the system.
1. To set Windows shutdown timer, search either for PowerShell or Command Prompt and open it. In my case, I'm using PowerShell but you can use Command Prompt too.
2. In the PowerShell or Command Prompt window, execute the below auto shutdown command. Replace XXXX with the number of seconds.
shutdown -s -t XXXX
For example, if you want to auto shutdown window after 60 minutes then the command will be something like
shutdown -s -t 3600.
As soon as you execute the command, Windows will schedule shutdown and displays a notification of the same. Once the time is up, it will disable a warning to save your work and shuts down the system. There is no visible cancelation option to abort the shutdown.
2. Windows 10 Scheduled Shutdown Using Task Scheduler
If you want Windows to automatically shutdown at a specific time every day or at regular intervals then you can do that too. We just have to create a scheduled task using the good old Task Scheduler.
1. Search for "Task Scheduler" in the start menu and open it.
2. In the task scheduler, click on the option "Create basic task."
3. In the task creation wizard, enter a meaningful name, description, and click "Next."
4. Now select how often you want to repeat the task. In my case, I want to shutdown my system daily. So, I selected the Daily option. You can select whatever option you want.
5. Enter the time and click "Next." Since I want to shutdown my system at 11 PM, I've entered appropriate time.
Note: If you are using 12-hour clock then don't forget to select AM or PM. If you are using 24-hour clock then enter the time in 24-hour format, as shown in the below image.
6. Here, enter
shutdown.exe in the Program/Script field and
/s in the Add Arguments field. Click "Next" to continue.
7. Click "Finish" to complete the procedure.
8. Once the task has been created, you will see it ready to be executed in the Task Scheduler. The task will be executed and the system will shutdown according to your settings.
If you want to test the scheduled task, save all your work, right-click on the task and select "Run."
That's it. It is that simple to make Windows scheduled shutdown.
In future, if you no longer want Windows to auto shutdown, right-click on the task and select the option "Disable." This action will disable the task. If need be, you can even delete the task by selecting the option "Delete."
Oh, in case you are wondering, you can also cancel scheduled shutdown on Windows.
Comment below if you face any problems or just to talk which method you've used to schedule shutdown in Windows 10.