How to Schedule Automatic Shutdown in Windows 10
Windows 10 Creators Update introduced Smart Lock, which lets you set your PC to lock whenever you move away from it using a paired Bluetooth device, such as your phone.In this article, we show you how to set up this handy feature so that you never leave your PC unlocked while it’s unattended.
We also show you how to use AMP WinOFF, a lightweight tool that lets you set your PC to power off, lock, restart or go to sleep automatically under certain conditions. This can be a specific time and date, or when a countdown timer finishes, but you can also schedule shutdowns after a period of inactivity, or if processor usage falls below a certain level. This can be invaluable if you want to leave your PC to perform a large download and then shut down as soon as it’s finished. You can even set multiple conditions and choose
whether one or all of them must be met before the PC shuts down.
Schedule Automatic Shutdown in Windows 10
- Before you can use Smart Lock, you must pair your smartphone with your Windows 10 PC via Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your phone, then type Bluetooth into the Start menu on your PC and open ‘Bluetooth & other devices’. Click ‘Add Bluetooth or other devices’ and follow the instructions on the screen to pair the devices.
Click Start, open Settings and click Accounts, then ‘sign-in options’. Scroll down the page until you see ‘Dynamic lock’, then tick the box to ‘Allow Windows to detect when you’re away and automatically lock the device’. Now, when you walk away from your PC with your smartphone, Windows should lock automatically.
Next, run AMP WinOff ( Download Now ). You’ll see a number of different options that you can set under the ‘Shutdown planning’ tab. First, choose the type of shutdown you want to schedule from the list at the bottom. These include ‘Power off’, Restart, ‘Lock session’ and Sleep.
Now you can set the criteria that will trigger your chosen shutdown. If you want to schedule your PC to shut down at a particular time, tick the box to enable a ‘Date/time’ condition. You can also tick the Date box to select a specific date.
Alternatively, tick the Interval box and set a time interval (either in hours and minutes or in days) after which your PC will shut down. The ‘User activity’ option lets you schedule a shutdown when the PC hasn’t been used for a certain amount of time.
If you enable ‘User activity’ as a condition, also tick the box to ‘Observe system/display low power blocks’. Doing this stops Windows shutting down if a process or application is preventing your PC from entering its low-power mode.
‘CPU load’ lets you shut down your PC if its processor activity falls below a certain level – for example if it’s working at less than 5% for more than 10 minutes. If you use this feature, it’s a good idea to tick the boxes that disable your screensaver and take an average CPU load 3 for the last five seconds.
The final option is network usage. Here, you can set your PC to shut down if upload or download activity falls below a specific amount for a set period of time. If you use this option, make sure you select the correct network adapter from the drop-down menu.
The default setting (in the bottom-right corner) is for WinOFF to perform a shutdown if any single condition is met, but you can also choose ‘All conditions must be triggered’. This way, you can set your PC to wait until there’s no user activity and no network activity before it shuts down, for example.
When you’re happy with your configuration, click the buttons to save and enable your shutdown plan.
Clicking the ‘General options’ tab lets you enable other features, such as reactivating the last planned shutdown when the PC restarts. If you use this option, make sure you also tick ‘Load on Windows startup’.
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