iSumsoft » Resources » Windows 10 » How to Set Auto Shutdown in Windows 10

3 Ways to Setup Auto Shutdown on Windows 10 Computer

Occasionally, you may hope your computer can automatically shut down in a scheduled time, for example, when some downloading processes haven’t been completed yet, but you have to leave the computer screen right now. Now this post introduces three ways to setup auto shutdown on Windows 10 computer, which also apply to Windows 8.


Way 1: Setup auto shutdown on Windows 10 by Run dialog box

Step 1: Press Win + R key combination to open Run dialog box.

Step 2: Type shutdown –s –t number, for example, shutdown –s –t 1800 and then click OK.

type shutdown command in Run box

Tip: The number in the entered command is the time in seconds; 1800 just means 1800 seconds (i.e. 30 minutes). You can set the number depending on your own needs.

Way 2: Setup auto shutdown in Windows 10 by Command Prompt

Step 1: Press Win + X and then select Command Prompt to open Command Prompt.

Step 2: Type shutdown –s –t number and press Enter key.

type timed shutdown command

After using either way above to setup auto shutdown in Windows 10, immediately you can notice one notification popping up from the lower right corner of the desktop to inform you that you’re about to be signed out of Windows 10 and computer will shut down at your scheduled time. The pop-up message will disappear soon.

auto shutdown notification

Way 3: Setup auto shutdown in Windows 10 by Task Scheduler

Compared to the above two ways, this way will be a bit more complicated.

Step 1: Open Run dialog. Then type taskschd.msc and click OK.

Step 2: After Task Scheduler opens, in the right-side pane click Create Basic Task....

click Create Basic Task

Step 3: Type Shutdown in the Name field and click Next.

type shutdown as the task name

Step 4: Choose when you want the auto shutdown task to start and click Next.

Choose when to start shutdown

Step 5: Set the specific time when you want your Windows 10 to automatically shut down and click Next.

set specific time

Step 6: Select Start a program and click Next.

Step 7: Click the Browse button. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32. Drop down to find the shutdown application file, select it and click Open.

Step 8: Type –s in the box behind Add arguments (Optional) and then click Next.

Type -s

Step 9: Click Finish. Then the setup will take effect and your Windows 10 computer will automatically shut down at your specified time.

Timed shutdown brings much convenience for us. Hope the above ways will be helpful to you. In addition, if you want to cancel auto shutdown in Windows 10, just need to open Run dialog box (or Command Prompt window) and then type shutdown –a followed by clicking OK to cancel the setup.

cancell auto shutdown