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Hi everybody,

I am in need of some assistance creating a batch file/script to shutdown the computer after 2 hours of uptime w/o a prompt. I currently got it working but i always get this warning popup. Below is what I have so far:

@echo off
c:\windows\system32\shutdown -s -f -t 7200

Any help would be great,

TIA,
Jinx
post #2 of 9
There's no way to avoid the prompt when there is a time out specified. I can think of one way you can accomplish this and it will involve the Task Scheduler and a more advanced batch script. Here is the script:
Code:
@ECHO OFF
IF NOT EXIST "%TEMP%\shutdown.lock" (
  COPY NUL "%TEMP%\shutdown.lock"
  GOTO END
)

:SHUTDOWN
DEL "%TEMP%\shutdown.lock"
shutdown -s -t 0

:END

Save that script somewhere, e.g. C:\shutdown.bat

OK now you need to schedule a task. Fire up the Task Scheduler and create a new task (not basic task). Create a new trigger:



Next create a new action to run the batch script:



Save everything. This will run the task at logon and then every 2 hours after that. At first logon, the script does nothing except for create a file. The next time it runs (in 2 hours) it will notice the file was created, then it will delete it and shutdown the machine.
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Thank you tompsonn, working out perfectly
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Excellent smile.gif
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If you don't mind me asking; why do you want to shut down after 2 hours? It's a rather odd use case.
post #6 of 9
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Not my request, I had to reformat a laptop for my friend and one of the request was to have a 2 hour uptime limit. I guess they are trying to limit their child's access to the computer
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Originally Posted by The Jinx View Post

Not my request, I had to reformat a laptop for my friend and one of the request was to have a 2 hour uptime limit. I guess they are trying to limit their child's access to the computer

Probably would have been better to use Windows' inbuilt parental controls tongue.gif
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post #8 of 9
Maybe the kid is doing some computer work and the shut down process does not save it properly (as it should) - write behind cache, for ex.
Some recommend using Group Policy (gpedit.msc) for the shutdown script: Computer Configuration/Windows Settings/Scripts (Startup/Shutdown): double click on Stop system.
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post #9 of 9
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yea i brought up that point, but they insisted a forced shutdown. I dont know why either.
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