5 Alternatives for scheduling Windows shutdown or restart

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There are jobs in which a person has to leave their personal computer on to finish a task that may last a few hours. Assuming it's already midnight and practically we we no longer have to do absolutely anything in the application but rather, letting our Windows computer act, we could make use of a few alternatives to order the computer to turn off after a certain time.

The tools that we will mention below will help us to be able to program the exact time in which the personal computer with Windows would have to turn off, something that has to be well calculated because otherwise we could be losing all work if the task (turn off to the computer), it is concluded a long time later. Anyway, with any of the alternatives that we will mention below you could get to command Windows to go into hibernation, so work will not be lost due to the equipment not being completely shut down.

A good alternative is found in this tool called "Vista Shutdown Timer", as it is compatible with most operating systems ranging from Windows 2000 onwards. The interface is completely user-friendly and therefore, there will not be a moment in which we get confused with some of its functions.


The only thing you need to do is select any of the functions through their respective icons on the top bar; this means that you can choose lock the computer, hibernate, sleep, restart or just turn it off. With each choice a few additional options will appear at the bottom, which will help you define the time in which said action should be executed; In addition, the application will help you define a specific time and also a special day in which you also want this task to be carried out.

Although with a completely different interface to the alternative that we mentioned above, Wise Auto Shutdown also offers us the possibility of being able to program a similar task.

Wise Auto Shutdown

On the left side you will have to choose anyone, while from the right region you can specify the exact time and date in which it will take place. You can define if you want this operation to be carried out daily or only at certain times of the day.

Another interesting alternative to use is "Airytec Switch Off", where we have a simple and minimalist interface that, however, offers us full features to use when carrying out this type of programming.

Airytec Switch Off

You can define if you want this entrusted task to be carried out weekly or daily and at a specific time, this from the upper area of ​​the interface. You can also choose the type of task, that is, if you want the computer to restart, turn off, block or any other similar.

  • 4.TimeComX Basic

With a more attractive interface and different from the previous alternatives, «TimeComX Basic» in the first instance offers us the possibility of using a small remaining time stopwatch missing for a specific task to be done.

TimeComX Basic

A very interesting section is the lower part, where you can order this tool take a "screenshot" of the entire desktop or the tool present at that moment, 30 seconds before executing the assigned task.

We have left this last alternative for last due to how complex its interface is practically. We could come to assure that here there is absolutely everything to customize a task like the one we have been mentioning from the beginning.


Everything is structured based on different tabs and is supported by a function bar at the top. You can play with a large number of options that are shown in each of the tabs, which will surely help you to program a specialized function depending on the work you are doing on the personal computer at any moment.

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