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How to Schedule A Power On/Off In Windows 10

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Let’s take a look at the method for How to Schedule A Power Off or Power On Your Windows 10 PC using task scheduler application in Window 10.

Want to get stuff done  quickly and on time? Then Windows 10 Schedule on and off is your best bet.

This feature in the OS allows users to set the time to automatically power on and power off at anytime of the day. You do not need special IT skills to configure this system application on your Windows 10 computer.

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This article gives you a step by step process on how to set up the Windows 10  in such a way that the Power On/Off can and will occur at the specified scheduled time. Let’s Get Started!!

How to Schedule Windows 10 PC to Power Off At A Particular Time

One would ask do I want to do this? Maybe your computer is processing a task or maybe it is downloading files from the Internet, and you do not want to wait till then. You can then schedule it to shut down after say 2 hours, while you go to a meeting or even heading home.


  1.  Type taskschd.msc is start search and hit Enter to open the Task Scheduler.
  2. In the right panel, click on Create Basic Task.
  3. Enter a Name and Description (Optional) for the procedure and Click Next.


  4.  Select One time. Click Next.TaskSch3-TechHabor
  5.  Select the Start date and time.TaskSch4-TechHabor
  6. Click on Next to move to the Action page then Select Start a program and click on Next.TaskSch5-TechHabor
  7. Type shutdown on the Program/Script Field: and /s /f /t 0 in the Add arguments box. If you want the shutdown to commence after say 60 sec, type 60 instead of 0 here.TaskSch6-TechHabor
  8. Click Next to Review the Procedure and finally click Finish. Your PC will shutdown at the designated day and time.TaskSch7-TechHabor


NOTE: In a CMD window, you may run shutdown /? to see all the available command options.

To schedule restarts, you need to use the /r parameter instead of the /s parameter. To log off the current user use /l.

How to Schedule Your PC (Windows) to Power On At A Particular Time

This option can be used on Windows 7/8/10 to automatically start your computer up at a specific time of day, you will actually need to edit your BIOS settings.

To do this:

  1. Boot up your computer and enter your BIOS setup. Usually this involves pressing the Delete key as your computer boots (your computer should say Press DEL to Enter Setup or something similar as you turn it on).
  2. Navigate to the Power Options. If your BIOS supports it, there should be a function for automatically starting up your computer at a certain time of day.
  3. Enable that setting and set the time you want your computer to start every day.
  4. Save and Exit the BIOS, and your computer should follow that schedule from now on.
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