Shut Down and Boot Your PC Automatically

Shut Down and Boot Your PC Automatically

How to automatically shut down your PC and restart it each day.–PC Pitstop.

By Dave for

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.


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


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


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.

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4 thoughts on “Shut Down and Boot Your PC Automatically”

  1. Thanks for the great advice. But my computer is more than ten years old and does not have a "Task Scheduler" tab in the Administrative Tools section. But let me ask you: Can you set the time you want the computer to come on in the morning? I did not notice where you have to type the time in.

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