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How to shut off Pc after lets say, 3 hours?

  • Windows XP
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October 10, 2007 2:18:33 AM

As the title says, I could never find out.

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October 10, 2007 2:33:25 AM

radioheadftw said:
As the title says, I could never find out.

Click on Start. Click on Turn off Computer. Click on Shutdown.
October 10, 2007 2:36:03 AM

I should mention...
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October 10, 2007 2:07:18 PM

That was quite the douche bag of you.
I ment after 3 hours of being away from it, think a little.
October 10, 2007 2:59:51 PM

radioheadftw said:
That was quite the douche bag of you.
I ment after 3 hours of being away from it, think a little.

If you either would have said 'while away' in your original post, or would have not been such a turd in your reply, I probably would have wrote you something in VB to do that.
October 10, 2007 5:29:56 PM

Open Notepad. Type:

shutdown -s -f -t 01

Save the file as "Shutdown.bat"

Create a scheduled task that will run that batch file after 3 hours of your system being Idle.
October 11, 2007 5:21:25 PM

There is a function supported by most PC-s called suspend-to-ram. This means that when activated, the whole PC will shut down (cpu fans, hdd-s, psu fans, etc) except the ram, that will keep a record of all opened applications. When you power up again, the PC will start really fast, and you will be in windows directly, with your applications opened. This is improving the default Windows Suspend mode (normally it only shuts down monitor & hdd-s). This is the recommended shutdown option for someone that wants a quick break & resume.

Depending on the motherboard and the BIOS (my old nforce2 with award BIOS has it), you can enable this simply by entering motherboard's BIOS configuration, and somewhere at Advanced Power & Configuration to find a setting named Suspend type wich defaults to S1. If you select there S3, then when you select Suspend in Windows, it will do the suspend-to-ram thing. The PC will be totally quiet, only the ram will be powered.

And now comes the easy part, in Windows, at Display Properties, Click Power button near the Energy picture, and at Power Schemes, select System standby after...your 3 hours. All done!

Ofcourse there are software programs than can schedulle a normal system shutdown, or the solution offered by Riser that envolves some work, but those cant beat the fast resume in windows that suspend-to-ram can offer. Too bad not many use this.
October 12, 2007 3:48:59 PM

Riser that envolves some work,

Hey :)  Mine doesn't involve a restart of making changes. I believe yours to be more work and testing than mine. ;) 

Open notepad, copy paste, save. Create schedule task. Done. haha

I've never had luck using the suspend to ram. Seems it becomes unstable or the slightest power problem and its all wiped anyhow. But that was a while ago - only tried it once.