Scheduled shutdown with Switch Off

runs on Windows
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What goes up must come down. What turns on must turn off. There's a reassuring symmetry to the whole start-and-stop thing. Sometimes, however, one side of the equation takes more effort than the other. Take your computer, for example. If you want to turn it on, you just push that big button and away you go. But when it comes time to shut down, you've got to search through menus and click on this and that–do you really want to shut down?–to make it happen.

An app like Switch Off makes the whole shut down thing go more smoothly. It sits there in your System Tray just waiting for you to bring it into action. Okay, so now you've solved the accessibility issue. But it can also work on its own to turn things off at pre-determined times as well. You can set up a schedule based on a daily routine (system goes down every day at 8:00 pm), weekly events (nighty-night at 9:00 pm on Fridays), or even specific times (6:42 am tomorrow). In addition, it can handle other requests, like restarts, scheduled logouts, or locking your machine. It's got a web interface, so you can shut your system down remotely if you need to–no more "Honey, did you unplug the iron? What about the computer?".

Switch Off is a a free download for your Windows system. It will run under Win2k and later, and is compatible with both 32- and 64-bit systems.

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One Response to “Scheduled shutdown with Switch Off”

  1. Carly says:

    This is just silly. Windows already has a command built in for scheduled and unattended shutdowns, restarts, etc. Google “shutdown.exe”.