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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

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveB_NI View Post
    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.
    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

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    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.

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    I just glare at them from afar...

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    psshutdown run from a scheduled task on the machine, so nobody needs to be logged in.

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    How about making a scheduled task to run at whatever time that runs "shutdown -f" - or whatever the arg is.

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    A scheduled task still only runs at a pre-defined time, not on a timeout.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    A scheduled task still only runs at a pre-defined time, not on a timeout.
    Set the scheduled task to launch on startup, but in the Settings tab, there are:

    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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