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    Posted: 28 Mar 2012 at 6:58am

I'd completely forgotten about shutting down the HTPC instead opting to put it in sleep mode. This was okay I guess but with Media Center running sleep was, at best, flaky. Far better to just shut it down. Easy as pie in 7:

Control Panel --> Administrative Tools --> Task Scheduler

Action menu --> Create basic task

Type in anything you like for the title and description. I used "auto shutdown".

Click next to go to the Task Trigger screen and choose the frequency. I selected daily.

Click next and on the Daily screen enter the time you want to action to occur.

Click next and on the Action screen select "start a program".

Click next and in program/script field type: c:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe or use the browse button to go find it.

In the add arguments field type /s to tell the shutdown program to just shutdown. You can type:

shutdown /? 

at a command prompt to get a full list of switches. For instance /r shuts down and restarts, /h hibernates, etc.

Click next, confirm your settings and click finish.

Works like a champ.




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  Quote Karl_db Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Mar 2012 at 3:32pm
Ah...cool. I'll have to copy this and give it a whirl. Mostly for the desktop which I sometimes let run if recording or some such.
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  Quote Don Watkins Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Mar 2012 at 3:45pm
Works like a champ. Task Scheduler in 7 is a vast improvement IIRC.
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  Quote Randy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Mar 2012 at 5:03pm
Nice to know.
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