Is there a way to make Windows 7 do this: "10 minutes from now, close all applications and shut down (or hibernate), no matter what input you get from the keyboard or the mouse"? It's OK if the user can revert the shutdown order during the 10 minute period, but once the shutdown begins there should be no turning back.

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The shutdown command line command is what you're after, with /t 600 you'll get a 600 second (10 minute) delay other options define the shutdown process. In your case I suspect you'll want shutdown /t 600 /s.

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    some apps MIGHT stop shutdown. notepad comes to mind.
    – Journeyman Geek
    Apr 2, 2011 at 14:17
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    @The Geek: It's not Notepad itself but the "Do you want to save?" dialog box. This is, AFAIK, common to all programs and does make sense. However, 1) IIRC, Windows 7 does not allow programs to stop shutdowns like that anymore; 2) shutdown /f Apr 2, 2011 at 17:06
  • chrome browser can as well I believe Feb 18, 2019 at 9:46
  • is there a reason you are using /t instead of -t ?
    – Enrico
    Apr 12, 2021 at 16:03

There are a number of automatical shutdown programs on the net. You can use one of them; for example: Sweet Dreams.

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As Havok stated, you can just use the Shutdown switch from command prompt. See options below. enter image description here

Run from cmd.exe or just put into a .bat script as below (and you could just add this .bat to Windows scheduler if you wanted to schedule) - remove the "pause" if you want it to run straight away:

@cd /
@echo #Shutdown 10min script#
@shutdown /t 600 /s
  • you can use command > foo.txt to direct output to a text file for easy and pasting
    – Journeyman Geek
    Apr 2, 2011 at 14:16
  • Agreed, but for some reason came out garbled hence pic ;-)
    – James
    Apr 2, 2011 at 14:22
  • Wrap it in <pre> </pre> tags. Apr 2, 2011 at 17:04

This can be done by following the simple steps below:

  1. Go to run (Win + r)
  2. Type shutdown -s -t 600 and hit enter

The computer will shut down in exactly 10 minutes (600 seconds).


The first response was adequate. Press Win+r and then type shutdown /t "desired duration" /s in the field. Replace "desired duration" with the amount of seconds you wish your PC to turn off and press Enter.


I made a script for myself to shutdown the computer after a time interval that I set. this is the code:

set /p TM="Enter a time to shut down:"
set /a TM1=TM*60
echo I will shutdown the computer in %TM% minutes and in seconds: %TM1% 
shutdown -s -f -t %TM1%
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    Can you explain how the OP would execute this code?
    – Burgi
    Jul 18, 2016 at 22:49
  • Why do you have a useless goto:eof at the end of your batch file?
    – DavidPostill
    Jul 19, 2016 at 0:45

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