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How to Shut Down Your PC Automatically

Shutting down your computer regularly is one of the best ways to keep it running at peak efficiency. Over time, open programs, running tasks and other overhead items build up, creating memory leaks that can slow your system down and even cause it to freeze or crash. When you shut your computer down, all of those processes and programs are purged from memory, leaving your computer with a blank state and helping run more smoothly and more quickly.

You can use the Scheduled Tasks function within Windows to shut your computer down automatically. Once you have that scheduled task in place, you do not need to worry about remembering to shut your computer down. Every day, that scheduled task will take the guesswork out of the process, automatically shutting down your PC so you can restart it and get off to a clean start.

To get started, just follow these simple steps.
1. Click the Start button
2. Click Accessories
3. Choose System Tools
4. Choose Scheduled Tasks
5. Select Add Scheduled Task
6. Click the Browse button
7. Navigate to the Windows\System32\Shutdown.exe file
8. Choose a name for your task. You can use any name you wish.
9. Select the Daily option and choose the time of day you want to shut your computer down
10. Click the Open Advanced Properties for This Task When I Click Finish box
11. Type a space then -s in the Advanced Properties dialog box
12. Click OK

The -s parameter tells the computer to shut down instead of restarting or logging off. You must set this parameter for the scheduled task to work properly. To test the task, simply wait until the appointed time and wait for the warning box to pop up. You will receive a pop-up box warning you that the computer is about to shut down and allowing you to abort the process if you are not yet ready to stop working for the day.


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