I have a really poor self discipline, mainly caused by my computer. I'm therefore looking for a software that can automatically shut down (or hibernate) my computer, for Windows 10.

I have some demands for this software I'm looking for:

  • That I get a pop up box an hour before the chosen shut down time, where I can choose if I want to turn off the computer, or if I want to put it in hibernate mode.

  • That I get a new warning 15-10 minutes before the chosen time, giving me time to quit whatever I'm currently doing.

Does a program like this exists?

  • @Thomas I have Windows 10, 64bit version. I'm not an computer expert, so I don't know if I have .NET installed. But I guess it's simple to install it? As long as I'm currently using the computer, I struggle with actually turning it off. Before going to bed I have to check this and that, and then check the same thing I already checked once more. I have never turned on the computer after I have turned it off, just to check something.
    – Stig
    Jul 11, 2016 at 12:42
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    Ok, I see. Don't worry about .NET. It can be installed and it's free. I'm gonna implement something like that, since I need it for my son anyway. It may take 2 days to make it complete with an installer etc. Jul 11, 2016 at 13:17
  • Under what conditions are you looking to shut down or hibernate?
    – rrirower
    Jul 11, 2016 at 15:51
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    @rrirower: as far as I understood it's wall clock time Jul 11, 2016 at 20:19
  • @Thomas Wow, that would be really nice of you! Looking forward to it! :)
    – Stig
    Jul 11, 2016 at 23:33

2 Answers 2


Ok, I've implemented Shutdown with warning, because sometimes I have the same issue and I need to prevent my son from gaming until midnight.

The software

  • shuts down the PC (via shutdown -s -t 0 and behaves exactly like that, i.e. it may install updates and there may be programs preventing the PC from shutting down)
  • runs on Windows 7 x64 SP1 and Windows 10, should also work on other versions
  • has a configurable wall clock time for the shutdown
  • has two configurable warning times (default: 60 minutes and 15 minutes)
  • is gratis (MIT license)

Downsides / known issues:

  • The software is in an early stage and has not been tested intensively.
  • It does not offer any protection against termination or similar.
  • It cannot be run with command line arguments yet.
  • The timers may not work well if the PC falls into hibernation.


Settings dialog


  • If it does not fit your needs yet, leave a comment or report a "bug". Jul 12, 2016 at 20:16
  • Sorry my late answer Thomas. Thank you very, very much for this! I'm going on vacation tomorrow, so I'm unable to try it out now. I will give you a feedback when I'm back. Thank you!
    – Stig
    Jul 13, 2016 at 22:55
  • @Prentasid: that's fine, thanks. Have nice holidays. Jul 14, 2016 at 16:04

I recommend you to use Windows Task scheduler utility

The Task Scheduler enables you to automatically perform routine tasks on a chosen computer. The Task Scheduler does this by monitoring whatever criteria you choose to initiate the tasks (referred to as triggers) and then executing the tasks when the criteria is met.

Refer Make Your PC Shut Down at Night (But Only When You’re Not Using It) to configure your task


The airytec switch off software will allow you to schedule your shutdown time and it will automatically shutdown PC at the specified time.

  • Click on the shutdown icon. In the select schedule drop-down list, choose daily.

  • Enter the time when you want to shutdown your PC automatically.

  • In the action drop-down list, choose shutdown (It is enabled by default).

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  • Click on the enable task button.

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    How do both solutions support "get a pop up box an hour before the chosen shut down time" and "get a new warning 15-10 minutes before the chosen time" ? Jul 13, 2016 at 9:22

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