Making XP automatically shut down?

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  1. BadRotation

    BadRotation New Member

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    Is there any way in windows xp to make the computer automatically shut all the way off after a period of inactivity?

    My sister has a bad habit of leaving the livingroom computer on 24/7 with her AIM going. She refuses to turn it off when she is done. The computer has some halfway serious cooling problems (Its in an antec Minuet case to give you an idea) and I have already burned out a power supply due to heat in the case.
    The computer is fine for general tasks, but when she leaves it on all night, the case gets quite warm. I have all the cooling fans that case will fit (CPU,Video Card, Power supply, and one small ass 40mm fan in the back of the case)

    Basically I just need to know how to get windows to shut it off after like 30 minutes of not being used, or I need to know a program (preferably freeware) that will do this.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Aimless

    Aimless Resident drunkey

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    I can't find anything that works with XP :hs:
     
  3. Atlantis

    Atlantis Guest

    Start > Settings > Control Panel > Power Options

    Pick Turn off Hard Disk & turn off monitor. You want your monitor to go off first. Have stand by turned OFF.

    Normally, stand by sends the same command that would turn your computer off, but it leave it with a low power setting. Doing the above will not send the added command & just shut everything off.

    Remember to have stand by turned OFF or it will not work as you want it.
     
  4. BadRotation

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    Thanks I will give it a try tonight, hopefully it works.
     
  5. Atlantis

    Atlantis Guest

    If it doesn't, double check your BOIS setting. Some newer motherboards have the option, but it's better to have your OS do it, if you can.
     
  6. cmsurfer

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    If you are worried that it may get too hot overnight, you may be able to get a program that monitors your PC's temp and have it shutdown if it gets to a certain high temp.

    I use Motherboard Monitor on my machine to monitor the temps. I am not sure if it can shutdown for you at a certain temp, but maybe some else here may know.
     
  7. Slid.

    Slid. I'm a guy.

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    Theres a program I use at home (with XP) that works great. You can set it for idle time, period of time or set a specific time. I'll post the name of it when I get home.
     
  8. bbwarrior

    bbwarrior New Member

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    A potential problem that I see with setting it to shut down automatically is that: say your downloading some big file like porn and then go watch TV or something, would it shut off? Or is downloading not considered idle?
     
  9. col_panic

    col_panic calm like a bomb Moderator

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    exactly - if the reason for shutting down is heat, let heat be the factor that triggers shutdown, not the time.

    check your bios settings to see if they support power-down at a certain temp
     
  10. Black Light

    Black Light Guest

    Why not just enable hybernation instead? :hsugh:
     
  11. Slid.

    Slid. I'm a guy.

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  12. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    You can also simply use a batch file that calls shutdown.exe (it's in the resource kit from MS if you don't have it) and the scheduler. You can have the scheduler check to see if the system has been idle for x number of minutes/hours.

    But I'd agree, temp monitoring would be a better way to go instead of idle.
     
  13. Scoob_13

    Scoob_13 Anything is possible, but the odds are astronomica

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    Shutdown.exe is also included with the XP Pro standard installation.
     
  14. Black Light

    Black Light Guest

    You can code a desktop shortcut to shutdown your PC in any way you want it to :o
     

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