How to Schedule a Shutdown and Start up in Windows 10

by Jennifer Hardegen

This article will go through how to set up your Windows 10 device to automatically start-up and shut off and at a scheduled time. 


Table of Contents:

1. Create an Automated Task Using Task Scheduler to Shut down Your Device

2. Configure BIOS Settings to Startup Your Device



1. Create an automated task using Task Scheduler to shut down your device

1.1. On your Windows 10 device, Open the "Start" menu.

1.2. Next in the search bar, type in "Task Scheduler".  Capture2.PNG

1.3. In your Task Scheduler Library, select "Create Basic Task" on the right hand side of the menu.create-basic-tasks-scheduler-windows-10.jpg

1.4. Next give a name to the task you want to create, for example, "Windows Launcher", then select "Next".

1.5. Select how often you would like the device to turn off, either daily or monthly, and then select "Next".

1.6. Select "Start a program" then select "Next".

1.7. You will be prompted to fill in the arguments for the program you wish to start. Type "shutdown" in the Program/script section.

1.8. Next, you need to add an argument. Type in: /s /f /t 0 and then select "Next".

1.9. Next, give your task a name such as "Shutdown @ 11 PM" and then select "Finish".




2. Configure BIOS settings to start up your device

2.1. To open the BIOS settings, turn off your Windows device and as you turn it back on press and hold either the "F2" button or the "Delete" button. 

2.2. Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, navigate to the left until you enter the "Power" option. 

2.3. Next, using the down arrow key, scroll down to "Automatic Power On" and select "Enter".

2.4. Next, using the down arrow key, scroll down to "Wake Up on Alarm" and select "Enter".

2.5. Now select how often you would like your device to start up and then hit "Enter". E.g. SingleEvent (once), Daily Event, Weekly Event, User Defined.

2.6. Next set the "Startup Sequence" from automatic to "Primary".

2.7. Now set the time you would like your device to start up. Keep in mind you must set the time using a 24-hour clock. (Hour: Minute: Second).

2.8. If you would like your Windows device to start up only on specific days of the week, select the "Wake Up on Alarm" and select "User-Defined".

2.9. Next scroll down to the "User-Defined Alarm" section, select "Enter", and by using the up and down arrow keys, select which days of the week you would like your Windows device to start up on by changing the option from disabled to "Enabled".

2.10. Next "Save" your configurations and start up your Windows Device. 


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