How to Automatically Shutdown your PC When its Idle

By default settings of the Windows, a system goes to sleep mode when idle for a long time. However, you can change these settings according to your needs to hibernate or shut down the PC when idle for a certain period. In this article, you will get to know how to set your system to shut down automatically when idle for a long time.

Before going into the details, you must know the caution of these settings. A system is idle when no processes are going on. Therefore, the system does not check for the unsaved work and if you configure your system to shut down automatically in idle state, then there is a risk of loss of unsaved data.

That is why some applications may interfere in the shutdown task when they are open with unsaved work.

Automatically Shutdown your PC When its Idle

Search and open the “Task Scheduler” application from the search bar of the Windows left bottom.

In the Task Scheduler, on the right side there is “Actions” column, click on the “Create Task” under the “Actions” column.

In the create task window, type the name of the task. Turn on the option ‘Run with highest privileges’ and from a down list choose the “Windows 10”.

Go to the “Triggers” tab and click on the “New” to add a new trigger at the bottom.

Select “On Idle” for this trigger of the task. Also, turn on the option, “Synchronize across time zones”

Now jump to the “Actions” tab and press the “New” button.

In the new action window, enter the address ”C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe” in front of “Program/Script bar” or click browse and locate the “shutdown.exe”.

Now, move to the “Conditions” tab and turn on the option “Start the task only if the computer is idle for”. Now select the time for how long your system should be idle before shut down.

Press “OK” and you are all set to, automatically shut down your computer after it is idle for a specific time.

Muhammad Imran Habib

Imran is a technology evangelist with 8 years of experience working with some of the Industry leading companies. Imran's expertise includes On-Prem/Virtual Infrastructure deployments, IT Solutions for SMEs, End User Computing Support.

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