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How to make your pc automatically turn on on a schedule

You may also be working from home like us and it is such a pain when you have to turn on your PC every time you start to work. How about your PC turns on automatically at a particular time so you just have to just get to your desk and start working? Well, there is a possible way to automatically turn on your PC on schedule.

Windows PC has a feature built right into the BIOS but you have to enable it by booting it into the BIOS mode. Here is a step by step guide to tell you how you can enable that to automatically turn on your PC at a scheduled time.

Steps to turn on your PC on schedule

  1. First, you have to boot your PC to the BIOS mode to do that, just reboot your PC while holding the “Shift” key.
  2. Your computer will boot to the Advanced setup screen. Go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options and then click the UEFI Firmware Settings. This will reboot your PC to the BIOS Mode.
  3. Once you reach the BIOS menu you have to use the arrow keys to navigate and enter key to select.
  4. Now, look for Advanced options or Power options in the BIOS and you will see a Wake up on Alarm option.
  5. Select that option and it will ask you the time to bot your PC and save the settings and then exit the BIOS page.

Wrapping up

This is how you can set up an alarm to turn on your PC on schedule automatically. Make sure that your PC is turned on from the power socket or it obviously won’t boot up. However, laptops will boot up without the need to attach it to the charger.

One of the most useful features on any Windows PC or Mac is the ability to schedule it to power it on at a set time each day. It’s a quick way to get your day going even while you’re making coffee or lying in bed for a few extra minutes—whatever you prefer to do instead of sitting at your desk, waiting for your desktop or laptop to boot up.

If you’re a Mac user, this is easy to set up : just visit System Preferences > Energy Saver (or Battery, if you’re on macOS Big Sur), where you’ll then use the Schedule option to set a startup or wake time for your system.

On Windows, you’re going to have to fuss around with your system’s BIOS to take advantage of this feature—and as there are so many different system manufacturers and motherboard makers, it’s possible you might not have the option at all.

On my system’s BIOS, the feature is buried in my BIOS’ Advanced Settings menu, under an “APM Configuration menu”—that’s short for “Advanced Power Management,” if you didn’t know. When I enable “Power On By RTC” (which stands for “Real-Time Clock”), I can tell my system to start up at a specific time each day (or on any interval of days that I want).

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Too lazy to walk into your office and push the ON button every morning? Me too. That’s why I set up Windows Task Scheduler so my computer automatically sleeps and wakes at a certain time. You can, too, with this tutorial.

Brian has been doing an awesome job covering several neat things you can do with Windows Task Scheduler. One more: scheduling Windows to wake or sleep automatically at a particular time. Why would you want to do this? I don’t know about you, but for me, I was using my desktop Windows 7 PC as a file server for some time. Rather than sending wake-on-LAN packets every time I wanted to access a file on my Windows file server, I decided to leave the thing on from 10 AM to 10 PM every day. This was a compromise between waking up on demand and leaving my computer on 24/7 (sorry, environment.)

Schedule Windows to Sleep and Wake Automatically

There are third-party power management programs that do this, many of which come bundled with laptops. But if you are on a plain vanilla Windows desktop, you may want just to go ahead and do it natively. Here’s how:

How to Disable Hybrid Sleep/Hibernation in Windows

The first step is to disable hybrid sleep and/or hibernation on your computer. Why would you want to do this?

Hibernate is a power-saving feature that saves your machine’s state (including unsaved documents, program states, etc.) onto your primary hard disk instead of onto the RAM (as sleep does.) The tradeoff is slower resume time but less power draw. This is important for laptops with batteries, but not so much for desktops. Hybrid sleep does both—it saves open documents and application states into the memory and the hard disk. This is so you won’t lose anything in case of a power outage.

But the real issue is that sometimes, hybrid sleep/hibernation can interfere with an automated wake script, depending on your configuration. In my case, waking from hibernation from a script only half worked—the computer would turn on, the fans would spin, and I’d get stuck on the “Resuming Windows” screen forever. If you have similar problems, you might just want to disable hibernation/hybrid sleep altogether. Here’s how:

Open a command prompt as an administrator. To do this in Windows 7, click the Start button, type Cmd and then right-click cmd.exe and choose Run as administrator.

Type powercfg -h off and press Enter.

If the command was successful, then you’ll get no error messages.

If you get the error message: “You do not have permission to enable or disable the Hibernate feature,” then re-read the previous step about running cmd.exe as an administrator.

Now, like a bear addicted to espresso, your computer will no longer hibernate. It’ll sleep, but it won’t hibernate. Mission accomplished.

For more information on Hibernation vs. Sleep, read this write-up that Austin did on the subject: Understanding Your PC And Devices, Sleep VS. Hibernate [groovyTips]

How to Create a Batch (.bat) File to Put Your Computer to Sleep

The way we’ll put your computer to sleep is by running a script (.bat) that will initiate the sleep command. By using a batch file, you can add other parameters and commands to it later without rejiggering your Windows Task Scheduler task.

To create a sleep batch file, open up Notepad and type the following:

Rundll32.exe Powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState Sleep

Click File –> Save As, Under Save as type, choose All files *.* and give your file a name like sleep.bat (or something else with a .bat extension.)

Got it? If not, you can just download the sleep and wake batch files I already created by clicking here.

How to Create a Batch (.bat) File to Wake Your Computer

There isn’t a command-line command to wake your computer. That’s because if you are in a position to be running commands, then your computer is, of course, already awake. But what we can do is create a batch file with something arbitrary in it and then tell Windows Task Scheduler that it can wake the computer to run it. So, go ahead and make a batch file that does something like “echo Hello!” and then save it as wake.bat.

Again, you can also just download our sleep/wake batch files here.

How to Schedule Your Computer to Sleep and Wake at a Certain Times

Now that we have batch files to sleep and wake our computer, we need to tell Windows when to run them.

Run Task Scheduler. The fastest way to get to it is by clicking the Start button and typing Task Scheduler.

Click Action and then Create Task; in the General tab, give it a name like “Sleep.”

In the Triggers tab, click New. Set the task up to begin “On a schedule,” and choose daily, and plug in the time when you want it to run. Click OK.

Your trigger will be enabled.

Next, click the Actions tab and click New. Set the action to “Start a program” and browse to your sleep.bat script. Click OK.

Here’s your action:

If you want to prevent the computer from sleeping if programs are running or someone is using the computer, then use the following settings in the Conditions tab:

Click OK. You’re done with this part. If you want to test it out, you can add a new trigger that sets it in motion 1 minute from now.

Next, let’s make a Wake task. Click Action and Create Task, and name it Wake in the general tab.

Then, create a daily trigger with the time you want to wake your computer.

Next, go to the Actions tab and make an action to run your wake.bat script.

Now, go to the Conditions tab. Here, make sure that the “Wake the computer to run this task” option is checked.

Click OK. Now, your computer will wake and sleep at the scheduled times. Enjoy!

You probably already know that you can bring your computer to Sleep mode to save a lot of power or battery on your laptop. A battery-powered device can be maintained for several days in standby mode because the amount of energy consumed in this state is extremely low.

Users can “wake up” the computer at any time by pressing the power button or any key on the keyboard. But what if you want it to automatically ‘wake up’ at a certain time? The cause of this may be that users want to automate certain tasks, such as downloading something at 4 am, when the Internet speed may be much higher than the times. another day. With a bit of ‘magic’ from the command line, users can now automatically turn on Linux computers, perform some tasks, and then “sleep” again.

Besides re-enabling from standby, it is more useful to turn off the computer completely and turn on the power at certain times. Hibernation is also supported, but Linux systems use proprietary drivers that often don’t “wake up” from hibernation properly.

Install Linux to automatically turn on

  1. Check if the computer supports ‘wake up’ options
  2. How to use rtcwake command
    1. Rtwwake Date parameter
    2. rtcwake Dry Run
    3. Energy saving method with rtcwake

Check if the computer supports ‘wake up’ options

Most computers will support “wake up” options, but most computers may not have the right hardware to do this. You can perform a quick test by opening the terminal and entering the following command:

The computer will enter Sleep mode and ‘wake up’ after 30 seconds. If you want your device to be in standby mode longer, increase the number 30 to a larger value.

Also, check to see if the computer supports the ‘wake up’ feature after completely shutdown.

Regarding the -m off parameter , the user guide usually refers to the content: ‘ Not officially supported by ACPI, but nГі thЖ°б»ќng works ‘. (Not officially supported by ACPI, but usually works).

If the kernel, drivers and hardware are compatible, there will be no problem. If timers are not supported, it may be because the hardware and / or BIOS / UEFI configuration does not meet the requirements. You can also try upgrading some drivers or switching from proprietary drivers to open source drivers. Maybe they will solve the problem. Alternatively, try installing a new kernel.

As mentioned earlier, hibernation has problems not related to the rtcwake command . In most cases it will work well but sometimes there are times when it fails. When it fails, the screen will remain dark or display an error message.

How to use rtcwake command

The basic usage of the command is simple: Choose a method to save energy and the time the computer ‘wakes up’. In the previous command, the -s parameter was used to specify the number of seconds before the computer turned on again. But usually, users will want to specify absolute time, such as 9 am tomorrow. To do that, use the –date parameter instead of -s.

Rtwwake Date parameter

Note: Not all hardware supports setting the turn on time to the next day. Users will have to check if it works with their specific device.

Time is set in 24-hour format. The screenshot below uses the rtcwake command with different options to set the time and date for the machine to turn itself back on.

‘YYYY-MM-DD hh: mm’ : year, month, day, hour and minute. For example:

means 3 pm on February 28, 2020.

Test the rtcwake command

You can add another parameter to rtcwake, -n, to display the time to turn on the machine.

This is a ‘dry run’ command, it is not really timed but just ‘pretending’ to do it. Adding the -n parameter is useful when you want to check if the parameter associated with the date is set correctly. Once you make sure that this parameter is correct, simply remove the -n parameter in the command to set the actual ‘wake up’ time.

Energy saving method with rtcwake

The options related to the -m parameter are:

  1. -m mem – Normal standby, which the user is familiar with in the Shutdown menu.
  2. -m disk – Hibernation mode, save the memory contents to the storage device. Not recommended when using proprietary drivers.
  3. -m off – Turn off the phone normally.
  4. -m disable – Remove the previously set timer.
  5. -m no – Do not enable or set the standby mode, just set the ‘wake up’ event. For example, you can set the time when the computer will “wake up” tomorrow, then continue working on your computer. When you’re done, turn off the device normally and the device will automatically power on in the morning.
  6. -m show – Displays ‘wake up’ events (previously set alarms) currently active.

You can find creative ways to use the rtcwake command. In this way, users can skip the boring boot process (this may take more than a minute on some systems). You can also install a utility, such as at, to automate the tasks that the computer runs after waking up.

  1. Set the time to automatically shutdown in Ubuntu with EasyShutdown
  2. How to turn off the computer automatically
  3. Set the shutdown or hibernate time for the computer

Introduction: How to Make Your Computer Automaticly Start Up Every Day or Whenever

in this instructable you will learn how to make your computer start up automaticly each day at a certain time also this is my first instructable

Step 1: Shut Down Computer

first shutdown your computer then restart it this only works for windows and when you get to the screen that says press delete to enter setup press delete

Step 2: Bios

when you are in bios go to power tab using the arrow keys then go to power up control then press enter

Step 3: Setting Time

now once u are in the power up control go to the bottom where it says automatic power up then you can select everyday then go to the time alarm and go to hours then press enter to change each number to correct hour

Step 4:

Step 5: Saving and Exiting

press esc on keyboard and it will take you too this screen and press enter on the exit saving changes button it will bring up an are you sure you want to exit and save chenges say yes and it will reboot your computer with these changes then turn off computer at night and it will reboot your computer at the time you set it too

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This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!

This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!

Question 3 years ago

What if your bios don’t have a power option? Windows 10 Acer

Answer 3 years ago

This guide was written back in XP days. I would follow this guide for Windows 10 now. This guide does still work for most machines.

Nice, simple Instructable. I appreciate the photos, too, though it would be easier for the viewer if some were rotated. I found this Instructable through googling basically this situation: how to set my computer to automatically start up at a certain time.

I can get to the Power tab in bios, but there only seems to be around 3 choices for me to change their preferences and it’s basically either [ON] or [OFF]: I can’t seem to find anywhere I can deal with setting any startup time.

Maybe I need a super, image heavy step by step or slow-mo video Instructable for this. I can try and copy down or photograph the choices I have when I get the chance (it’s on my mom’s computer that I want to do this, and she is currently watching some old black and white Christmas movie with ghosts and people throwing wallets out the windows, so I’ll let her finish that up).

Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

In my BIOS SETUP UTILITY, the top tabs are:
Main. Advanced. Power. Boot. Exit.

I arrow over to “Power,” and the choices I have available are:
———————————————————————–
After Power Failure [Stay Off] (other options: Last State, Power On)
Wake On PCI PME [Stay of] (other option “Power On”)
Wake on LAN from AA [Stay Off] ( other option “Power On”)

> Hardware Monitoring (And this just brings be to “Monitor system temps, voltages, etc. and causes my fans to kick into high gear and just be annoying)
———————————————————————–

I just recently changed that second option to [Power On] to see if that magically did anything (it didn’t seem too threatening. ).

What should I do?

I need an easy and cost effective way to have my mom’s computer start at a certain time, since she cannot physically press the power button. Other solutions such as waking it from sleep do not work for us, since we have quite frequent power outages that come and go, so having a computer come right back to life only to have the power go out 15 seconds later really takes a toll on everything.

Thanks. Great instructable for helping me out, I just feel like I must be missing something with looking into my bios.

Introduction: Shutdown, Restart, or Hibernate Your Computer on a Schedule

In this instructable, I will be showing you how to shutdown, restart, or hibernate your computer on a schedule.

See the notice at the end if you are using an older operating system than Windows XP.

Step 1: Create a Batch File

First, you must create a batch file (.bat) to be executed. Open notepad (all programs\ accessories). Type in exactly as I dictate:

c:\windows\system32\shutdown -s -f -t 00 (or do . shutdown -p -f)

c:\windows\system32\shutdown -r -t 00

Save it anywhere you like as shutdown (or whichever accordingly) .bat so it would be “shutdown.bat” for example.
DO NOT save as a -.bat.txt, you are then merely saving text.

Step 2: Schedule It

In Windows Vista or 7 search “task”; Task Scheduler should be at the top of the list. Open it. Click “create basic task”. Type in the name you want to call it and a description if you like. Specify when you want it to start. Specify date, time, and recurrence. Choose an action (start a program). Browse for the batch file. At the end, view over it to make sure it is exactly what you want, and click finish. At the task manager main menu, you will have to refresh the list at the bottom for your new batch file to appear (this is optional, it will take affect either way). It is best for the computer to restart to take affect.

Windows XP users and older with have a slightly different process. See next step.

Step 3: Schedule It for XP and Older

For computers running XP and older, follow these steps. First, open Scheduled Tasks (all programs\accessories\system tools\scheduled tasks). Add Scheduled Task; a wizard comes up. Select the batch file. Choose the conditions under which this task will perform. Give specific date, time, and recurrence. If you use a password enter it. Finish it.

Step 4: Task Properties

These tasks come with pre-programmed settings and conditions that may be unfavorable to some users. For Windows Vista and 7 users, open Task Scheduler. It will typically open the main menu; Task Scheduler (Local), on the top right-hand window. Right below that, click on Task Scheduler Library. Right-click your task and make favorable changes in the general, conditions, and settings tabs.

In Windows XP and older, open Scheduled Tasks. Right-click your task and open up its properties. Make favorable adjustments in the settings tab.

Step 5: Notes

In the batch files:

-s indicates that the shutdown application is actually going to shut down the computer

-f forces all running programs to close

-t 00 indicates no delay in execution (this does not apply to the hibernate batch file)

-r indicates a restart

/h indicates hibernation

-t xx timeout period (xx is number of seconds)

-l is logoff [L] (can only be used by itself)

-a is to abort an already initiated sequence

-i opens the shutdown GUI

-m \\computername name of computer that action is applied to (using your computer name is
same as not putting it in and may be configured to shut down a local
remote computer though I am not sure how

-g restarts computer and any registered applications

-p turn off computer with no time-out or warning (same as ..shutdown -s -t 00)

-e document reason for unexpected shutdown

-c “comment” comment on the action

-d [p or u]:xx:yy reason; p indicates it is planned; u indicates it is user defined; xx and yy are
reason ID numbers (u:0:0 is easiest, it means other and unplanned)

All these functions also work in comand prompt (cmd). In cmd, you also do not have type the entire filepath.

Type shutdown in cmd and it will give a list of these variables. Note, not all operating systems will give a complete list, some may not give all the reason ID numbers, some may not have all the variables or may not support them, some may even simply shut down no matter what form of the shutdown command is put in the command line.

When in cmd or making a batch file, doing more than what I have simply told you requires following a strict syntax. Does NOT include the brackets. (The “or”s also are exempt from it):

shutdown [-i or -l or -s or -r or -g or -a or -p or /h or -e] -f -m \\computername -t xx -d [p or u]:xx:yy -c “comment”

You probably already knew this, but these batch files work under normal conditions, not just as scheduled tasks. Click it like you would any other icon or program to run it in Windows.

Step 6: Notice

For Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0 users: shutdown.exe is not already on the computer, you must get it from the resource disc or a computer running Windows XP. You cannot download it from microsoft. Also, for anyone running an operating system older than Windows XP, there is no windows folder, the windows folder replaced the winnt folder in XP. So, it would be c:\winnt\system32\shutdown (if you save it there). You should also be able to transfer it from XP to any older computer such as 95, 98, or ME if it is not already on them.

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Many of my devices like the PS4 will automatically kick on the TV when I turn the PS4 on. I think it’s called HDCP-CEC or something like that.
I have an Nvidia 6800GTX GPU, connected with an HDMI cable, the GPU says HDCP compliant, is there a way I can do this as well?

You buy an HDMI-CEC USB Adapter to allow your Computer to also use HDMI-CEC.

It has nothing to do with HDCP.

You need a CEC adapter similar to this. Or that one exactly. Not sure if there are others.

The AnandTech review of the PulseEight CEC adapter has a great explanation of what CEC is, how it works, and what your options are: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5463/puls . ter-review

Oh man I had no idea. This is awesome

CEC is great for HTPC use.

The Raspberry Pi has CEC support. I need to install XBMC on an SD card so I can confirm whether or not my somewhat older projector will actually take CEC commands before I drop $50 on a USB CEC adapter.

CEC is great for HTPC use.

The Raspberry Pi has CEC support. I need to install XBMC on an SD card so I can confirm whether or not my somewhat older projector will actually take CEC commands before I drop $50 on a USB CEC adapter.

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This post shows students and new users how to schedule a task to automatically shutdown Windows 11 computer at specific time. If you want to have your computer automatically shutdown at a given time, Windows allows you to create a task and schedule it to shutdown your computer.

In some environments, users may forget to shutdown their computer at the end of the day. Keeping one’s computer on allows it to receive important updates and patches from Microsoft. However, computers also use a lot of energy when stay powered on for long time.

You can have your computer receive update, but also shutdown automatically at a specific time so that it doesn’t stay on all day using energy that could be used elsewhere. The steps below will show you how to do that when using Windows 11.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features with new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows look and feel modern.

If you’re exited about Windows 11, keep reading out posts on it.

To get started with scheduling Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to automatically turn off Windows 11 computer

As mentioned above, it’s important to keep Windows 11 on to receive important updates. However, keeping your computer on forever may not be a good thing for your energy bills. You can schedule your computer to shutdown automatically so that energy isn’t wasted.

To do that, go to the Start menu, then search for and select “Task Scheduler” app as shown in the image below.

When Task Scheduler opens, click on Task Scheduler Library and on the right pane, click Create Task.. as highlighted below.

A new pop up settings pane should open up. On the General tab, type in a name for the task, a description (optional), select to “Run whether user is logged on or not” and “Run with highest privileges“. All highlighted below.

Then select “Configure for: Windows 10 or Windows 11

Next, select the Triggers tab. Then click the New. button.

On the pop up settings pane, select task to begin “On a schedule“, then choose “Daily” for the task to run. Choose the Start date and time, and task should recur every “1” days.

Also check the Enabled box as the bottom to enable the task. Click OK to close the trigger settings.

Next, click the Actions tab, and click the New. button.

A new actions pop up settings pane should appear. There, select “Start a program” for the action. Under Program/script: type in shutdown.exe with arguments: /s /t 60 “Computer will shutdown in 60 seconds”.

Program/script: shutdown.exe

Add arguments (optional): /s /t 60 “Computer will shutdown in 60 seconds”

Click OK to save settings.

Next, select the Conditions tab. Then uncheck the box the reads “Start the task only if the computer is on AC power” and check the box for “Wake the computer to run this task“. Click OK to exit.

When you click OK on the last screen, it will prompt you to type your account password to save the task. Retype your password and click OK.

Once finished, a new task should be created with the settings you created above.

If you change your mind about shutting your PC automatically, simply log back to Task Scheduler and delete the task.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to schedule a task in Windows to automatically shutdown the computer as specific time. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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In my spare time, I research topics that are interesting and worthwhile for users and students who want to try something new. I, too, am a student and my focus here is to help other students and new users get started with managing Ubuntu Linux, Windows, Content Management Systems (CMS) and others.

I try to do my best explaining the topics and detailing the instructions so that anyone can understand. These tutorials may not work in all situations and for all users. However, if you run into trouble, please ask your questions below and I or someone from the community may help you resolve. Thanks for reading and hope you come back.

Windows 11 updates are vital for security, but unexpected updates can be frustrating. Here’s how to take control.

Attila is a Staff Writer for CNET, covering software, apps and services with a focus on virtual private networks. He is an advocate for digital privacy and has been quoted in online publications like Computer Weekly, The Guardian, BBC News, HuffPost, Wired and TechRepublic. When not tapping away on his laptop, Attila enjoys spending time with his family, reading and collecting guitars.

Keeping your operating system up to date is one of the most important things you can do to make sure your devices remain properly secured. Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about keeping track of each and every update that’s released because Windows 11 is set to automatically download and install updates by default. However, the automatic updates can sometimes come at inopportune moments, and sometimes you may want to hold off if the update doesn’t include a patch for a security vulnerability.

Why restrict automatic updates in Windows 11?

Most updates shouldn’t negatively affect your device, but some may be buggy, causing problems with a certain app or function you use regularly. In cases like this, it can be better to wait for a fix to any issues a particular update may have caused. In addition, restarts and update installations can sometimes take hours, depending on your connection speed and the size of the update.

If you want to have more control over your Windows 11 updates, there are things you can do like pause updates for a set amount of time, restrict automatic updates from completing at certain times of the day, check for updates manually or disable automatic updates entirely.

It’s worth reiterating that updates with important security patches should be applied immediately to protect your device. But if you want more control over nonessential updates, here’s how to manage automatic updates for Windows 11.

How to pause automatic updates in Windows 11

You can pause automatic updates from happening for a set amount of time — anywhere from one to five weeks.

1. Go to Settings

2. Click on Windows Update

3. Under More options, click the Pause updates dropdown to select the amount of time you’d like to pause your automatic updates

If you want to resume automatic updates at any time prior to the end of your selected time period, you can click the Resume updates button in the same Windows Update menu.

Note that you can’t pause updates indefinitely: Once the pause time has lapsed, you’ll need to install the latest updates before you can use the pause feature again.

How to disable Windows 11 automatic updates

If you’d rather disable automatic updates for an indefinite period of time, you can do so through Windows Services if you don’t mind getting a little technical.

1. Launch the Run window by hitting the Windows button + R

2. Type services.msc into the text field and click OK

3. In the Services menu, click on Windows Update

4. In the General tab, select Disabled from the Startup type dropdown menu

5. Click the Apply button

To turn automatic updates back on, go through the same steps above and select Automatic from the Startup type dropdown menu.

Even if you’ve disabled automatic updates using Windows Services, you can still manually download and install updates.

How to manually download and install Windows 11 updates

If you’ve disabled automatic updates on your Windows 11 PC, you’ll need to manually install the updates as they become available.

1. Go to Settings

2. Click on Windows Update

3. Click on Check for updates

If an update is available, you’ll get a notice letting you know that the update is available to download. Click on either Download now or Download & install to run the update.

Advanced options for managing Windows 11 updates

Some updates require a system restart, which can be inconvenient if it happens in the middle of your workday. Thankfully, you can enable restrictions on when your machine can restart and complete an automatic update.

1. Go to Settings

2. Click on Windows Update

3. Click on Advanced options

4. Click on Active hours and set the time frame when you don’t want Windows to restart your PC

You can also choose the Get me up to date option to restart as soon as possible, even during your active hours. This option is good for when a critical update is available and the timing is convenient for you. With this option enabled, you’ll still get a notification 15 minutes before the restart.

Можно задать для компьютера Mac время включения, выключения, перехода в режим сна или выхода из режима сна. Эта функция необходима для того, чтобы Вы точно знали, что компьютер Mac выключится после того, как Вы прекратите работу, и включится перед тем, как Вы ее возобновите.

На Mac выберите пункт меню Apple

> «Системные настройки», нажмите «Экономия энергии» , затем нажмите «Расписание».

Выберите нужные параметры.

Составьте расписание включения компьютера Mac или его выхода из режима сна. Установите флажок «Включать или выводить из режима сна». Во всплывающем меню выберите один или несколько дней, введите время, затем нажмите «Применить».

Составьте расписание перехода в режим сна, перезагрузки или выключения компьютера Mac. Установите флажок «Перейти в режим сна, перезагрузить или выключить» и во всплывающем меню слева выберите нужный вариант. Выберите день или группу дней, введите время, затем нажмите «Применить».

Нажмите «Восстановить предыдущие настройки», чтобы отменить изменения и вернуться к последнему расписанию.

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Примечание. Если в открытых документах есть несохраненные изменения, это может предотвратить перевод в режим сна или отключение Mac в назначенное время.

If you are a Windows user, you most likely have encountered your PC automatically restarting on you in the middle of working. Yes, updates for our computers are essential in keeping it running efficiently. When a restart happens without us knowing, though, it can be quite frustrating. Here’s how to set up a restart schedule for your Windows 10 computer.

With the current version of Windows, your PC automatically downloads updates and installs them when your PC detects that you are not using your computer for a period of time. This happens when your Windows Update has been set to “automatic” – it will work the same way as it has in the previous Windows by waiting until your PC is idle.

However, idle does not mean you allow your PC to be restarted. There may be instances when you just happen to leave your PC for a moment while working on a paper that is due hours from now. Next thing you know, your PC is automatically restarting! We do not want this to happen so Microsoft has given us the option to schedule a specific start time. With this, you now have a measure of control and it is time for you to be proactive with it! No more “Remind me later” pop-ups when you can customize your restarting schedules.

How to set up a restart schedule

  • Click on the Start menu and open the Settings option.
  • Select Update & Security > Windows Update. You will see two options wherein the first one is a schedule chosen by your computer. The other option is for you to select a specific restart time.

The first option shows a specific time your PC has chosen for you (e.g. 2:30 in the morning). If you want a specific time and date, click on Select a Restart Time and choose a Time and Day. For Time, tap on the box and hover over each part of the time (minutes, hours, and AM/PM) until you can choose your desired schedule. For the Day, you are given dates of the next few days for you to select which one you prefer most.

If you want updates to start immediately, you can choose the Restart Now option at the bottom of the page. Know that Windows schedules its own reboot first and you will have to override it through the Settings page to adjust it to your own schedule.

Go through those easy and simple steps and you no longer have to worry about your computer restarting whenever there is a need for you to leave it for a short period of time. It is also important for users to be notified when the system needs to reboot. You can control this option by following these steps:

  • Click on Advanced Options at the bottom part of the Windows Update page.
  • Go to the top of the screen and tap on Choose how updates are installed.
  • Click the drop down and select the option to Notify to schedule restart.

This way, you will no longer find the need to keep checking the Settings menu if updates have already been installed. You will now receive prompts whenever updates require a restart of your PC. If you happen to be a Windows Insider, you can set your active hours for 18 hours with an option to choose when the OS should finish its updates. You can also set additional notifications before your system restarts to give you more time to save your work.

Once done, you can return to the previous screen by hitting the back button on the upper left. Now you can be notified ahead of time before your computer starts to install updates and restart its system.

How important are updates and scheduling restarts?

Wondering why Microsoft added this feature? With the new system, Microsoft has evolved to the notion of “Windows as a service.” This means that Windows is an on-going product with constant updates and patches. There will be new features every time which will depend on the needs of the users via the Windows Insider program.

It is a new way for Microsoft to develop and release software with a goal to continuously grow. Its aim is to adjust to what the world needs. Since updates have already become mandatory, Microsoft cares about how this could affect the users. Scheduling a restart can make it more convenient for them and could avoid interruptions during hours when they rely on the PC the most.

Microsoft has made it easier for users to work especially for individuals with different or shifting schedules. So if you are a person who works most at night, you can schedule your active hours during the day while you are away from your computer. Now you no longer have to worry about your PC installing updates in the middle of your working schedule!

Now that you know how to set up a restart schedule for your Windows 10 computer, check out our guide on how to reset your Windows 10 computer.

You can use the Windows Wake Timers feature to wake the computer from sleep mode automatically. Here’re the steps to wake from sleep on schedule in Windows 10.

Windows lets you choose the auto sleep timer so that the PC is not running necessarily when you are not actually using it. This is a very useful feature in a lot of situations. When the PC is in sleep mode, you can turn it on using the Power button or with your keyboard and mouse. However, from time to time the alternate might also be true where you want the computer to wake automatically on schedule to do some task. For example, maybe you want to download a file at a specific time, start a full system scan, run a specific script, etc.

To automatically wake the PC from sleep mode in Windows 10, you have to use the Wake Timers functionality. Essentially, a wake timer allows any program or script to wake the computer from sleep mode to do an action.

In this quick and simple post, let me show the steps to configure a wake timer to automatically turn on the computer on schedule from sleep mode.

How to Automatically Wake from Sleep Mode on Schedule in Windows

To wake from sleep on schedule, there are two major steps. First, you need to enable the Wake Timer in Windows 10. Next, create a scheduled task that runs a simple command. The purpose of the scheduled task is just to send a wake timer single. It has no other functionality. Here’re the exact steps to follow.

  1. Open Windows 10 Settings. You can do that by pressing the “Win + I” shortcut.
  2. Go to the “System → Power & Sleep” page.
  3. Click on the “Additional power settings” link under “Related settings“.
  4. Now, click on the “Change plan settings” next to the currently active plan.
  5. Click on the “Change advanced power settings” link.
  6. Expand the “Sleep” option.
  7. Expand the “Allow wake timers” option.
  8. Select “Enabled” from the dropdown menu.
  9. Click the “Apply” and “Ok” buttons.
  10. Now, open the Start menu.
  11. Search and open “Task Scheduler“.
  12. After opening the task scheduler application, click on the “Create basic task” option.
  13. Name the task and click “Next“.
  14. Select a schedule to start the task. In my case, I’m choosing to start the task only one time. If you want to repeat the task, select Daily, Weekly, or Monthly.
  15. Configure the task schedule. Depending on what option you choose earlier, the options on this screen will be different. Click “Next” after configuring.
  16. Select the “Start a program” option.
  17. Type “cmd.exe” in the “Program/script” field.
  18. Type ‘ /c “exit” ‘ in the “Arguments” field. Click “Next“.
  19. Review the scheduled task and click “Finish“.
  20. Close the task scheduler.

That is all. From now own, the task will execute according to the schedule. Since the system is configured to allow wake timers, the scheduled task will wake the computer from sleep to execute the task. As I said before, the actual command does nothing. It just opens the Command Prompt window and closes it immediately. If you want to, you can replace the above command with a custom command/script too.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

When a new Windows 11 update is released, you may don’t need to install it immediately. In a situation like this, you can pause Windows 11 update for 7 days, or you can schedule a restart for Windows 11 update. In this post, MiniTool Software will show you how to schedule a restart for Windows Update on Windows 11.

As long as you don’t pause Windows 11 update, your computer can automatically detect the update and download the update on your computer. After downloading, Windows Update will require a computer restart to complete the update install. Usually, you will see a prompt as follows at the bottom-right corner of the screen and there is a two-arrow curved into a circle shape with a yellow dot in the taskbar.

If you don’t want to install the new Windows 11 update immediately, you can schedule a restart for Windows 11 update or set active hours on your Windows 11 computer to change Windows 11 update time.

Now, we will show you these two methods.

How to Schedule a Restart for Windows Update on Windows 11?

It is very easy to schedule Windows 11 updates. You can follow this guide:

Step 1: Click the Pick a time button on the pop-up Windows Update interface (shown above). If you missing this interface, you can go to Start > Settings > Windows Update. Then, you will see that there is a Schedule the restart link under Windows Update. Click Schedule the restart to continue.

Step 2: Turn on the button under We’ll finish installing updates when it’s convenient for you….

Step 3: Pick a time according to your situation.

Step 4: Pick a day for the time.

After these steps, you can go back to Windows Update. Then, you can discover that the status of the computer restart becomes a scheduled time.

How to Set Active Hours on Windows 11 to Change Windows Update Time?

You can also set active hours on your Windows 11 device. During active hours, the system will not restart your device. That is, your computer will not restart to install Windows 11 updates during active hours.

You can set active hours using the Settings app or using Local Group Policy Editor. You can find these two methods from this post: How to Set Active Hours on Win11 to Change Windows Update Time?

Tip: Rescue Your Lost and Deleted Files on Windows 11

For some reason, you may lose or delete some of your important files on your Windows 11. As long as these files are not overwritten by new files, you can use professional data recovery software like MiniTool Power Data Recovery to get them back.

If you are not sure if this free file recovery tool can find your needed files, you can first try the trial edition to make a confirmation.

If you want to recover files on your Windows 11 device using this software, you need to use a full edition.

Schedule a Restart for Windows Update on Windows 11

Want to schedule a restart for Windows 11 update? You can go to Windows Update to do this or set active hours on your Windows 11 computer. Both of these two methods are introduced in this post. Should you have any other related issues, you can let us know in the comments.

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Four ways to automate shutdowns one-time or for regularly scheduled dates

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What to Know

  • For one-time use: Open Command Prompt, then type shutdown –s –t ># of seconds >Enter.
  • Also, for one-time needs: Use the Run command: shutdown –s –t ># of seconds >OK.
  • You can also use Task Scheduler to create a detailed system and schedule for regularly scheduled shutdown events.

This article explains four ways to set a specific, automatic shutdown time for your PC. We also include information on how to stop a scheduled shutdown.

How to Schedule a Computer to Shut Down With Command Prompt

Follow these steps to use the command prompt for a one-time shutdown.

In the Windows Search Box, type CMD.

Select Enter.

In the Command Prompt window, type shutdown -s -t and the number of seconds you want.

Note the CMD and Run command processes use seconds to measure time, not minutes. For example, if you want to shut down in 10 minutes, use 600 seconds. If you want your computer to shut off in 10 hours, use 36,000. The choice is always yours; remember to add it in seconds instead of minutes.

Select Enter.

A window will pop up, warning you Windows will shut down in the amount of time you requested.

That’s it. Your computer will now automatically shut down at the time you specified. You’ll receive a warning a few minutes before shutdown to remind you then, too.

No longer want your computer to shut down at a specific time? Cancel the request by opening the Command Prompt and typing shutdown -a. Select Enter.

How to Set up Automatic Shutdown With the RUN Command

Follow these steps to use the command prompt for a one-time shutdown.

In the Windows search box, type RUN.

You can also press the Windows button + R at the same time instead.

Select Enter.

In the Run dialog box, type shutdown -s -t and the number of seconds you need.

Select OK.

A window will pop up showing you that it received your request, and your computer will log off at the time you requested.

Using PowerShell for Immediate Shutdown

If you’d like a quick and immediate shutdown for Windows, use Windows PowerShell, the Start-Sleep, and the Stop-Computer cmdlets. The Start-Sleep cmdlet suspends activities in a script for a specified period of time. This puts applications to sleep or closes them. The Stop-Computer cmdlet will shut down the specified computer.

In Windows Search, enter powershell and select either Windows PowerShell or Windows PowerShell ISE.

At the prompt, enter Start-Sleep -s ##; Stop-Computer -ComputerName localhost. Where -s represents Seconds and ## is the number of seconds. In our example, we use 1800.

For the local computer, use ComputerName localhost or specify the computer name you wish to shut down.

Press Enter.

Make sure you’ve saved or closed any documents or apps as this will shut down your computer immediately.

How to Use Task Scheduler to Set up Regular Shutdowns

If you need to set a shutdown timer for multiple uses (i.e., daily or weekly automatic shutdowns), it’s best to use the Task Scheduler, so you don’t have to remember to set things up all the time. Follow these steps:

Open the Task Scheduler by typing Schedule into the Windows search box.

Select Enter.

In the Task Scheduler, go to Actions and choose Create Basic Task.

In the Name and Description boxes, enter a name and description of your task.

Select Next.

In the Create Basic Task Wizard window, select a trigger.

Select Next.

Enter the dates and times as needed using the prompts from the Wizard.

Select Next.

In the Action window, select Start a program.

Select Next.

In the Start a Program window, use the Browse button to select the shutdown program on your computer. It might say shutdown.exe or some other form of shutdown, depending on your computer.

After you have selected the shutdown file, select Open.

In the Start a Program window, select Next.

In the Summary window, select Finish.

With these four approaches, you can manage your computer’s time and energy with ease.

To set your Windows 10 sleep timer, you’ll change your Windows sleep settings. In the Search box, search for sleep, and select Power & sleep settings from the results. In the Sleep section, under When plugged in, PC goes to sleep after, select the drop-down box to choose the amount of time you want your computer to remain idle before going to sleep.

To set a shutdown timer in Windows 8, press Windows+X to bring up the Quick Access Menu. Select Run, enter a shutdown command in the box > OK. Or, open Task Scheduler and choose Create Basic Task, enter shutdown > Next. Then, select the start date, shutdown time, and frequency and follow the prompts.