How do you do....it? Thread, How to force Windows XP shut down in Technical; Can anyone recommend a way to force windows xp laptops to shut down after a certain time?
I notice Vista ...
30th September 2008, 01:40 PM #1
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How to force Windows XP shut down
Can anyone recommend a way to force windows xp laptops to shut down after a certain time?
I notice Vista has the option to assign an action to shut down the machine when the laptop lid is closed - unfortunately this wonderful option is not included in Windows XP.
I've tried a lot of shut down programs but they don't work once the user has logged off (which is where I want the shut down to kick in). I have also tried a batch file which shuts down after a count down but this also fails to work once the user has logged out.
Using managed service Northgate so my options are limited
30th September 2008, 01:42 PM #2
Actually it depends on the hardware/chipset if this is possible in XP - might be worth seeing if there's a driver/software update that can enable this
Originally Posted by SteveB_NI
30th September 2008, 01:53 PM #3
Shutdownertron will shut them down at the end of the day for you, as long as they're awake, but it sounds like you want a timeout rather than a schedule.
30th September 2008, 02:14 PM #4
I just glare at them from afar...
1st October 2008, 05:11 PM #5
psshutdown run from a scheduled task on the machine, so nobody needs to be logged in.
1st October 2008, 10:08 PM #6
How about making a scheduled task to run at whatever time that runs "shutdown -f" - or whatever the arg is.
1st October 2008, 10:21 PM #7
A scheduled task still only runs at a pre-defined time, not on a timeout.
1st October 2008, 11:32 PM #8
I have a script that will do this, after a certain amount of time after logon it forces the user to log off. It can be easily be edited to make a shutdown
PM me if your interested.
2nd October 2008, 02:29 PM #9
Set the scheduled task to launch on startup, but in the Settings tab, there are:
Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey
Only start the task if the computer has been idle for at least [ 30 ] minutes
If the computer has not been idle that long, retry for up to: [ 600 ] minutes
Then it should shutdown if, within 10 hours of being started up, it does nothing for half an hour it will run the specified task (eg shutdown).
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