I have a laptop back home with Windows Vista installed.

I want my computer to fall asleep automatically at 01:30 AM and wake up at 06:30 AM.

I have tried a lot, but making a .bat file which makes it fall asleep needs to be manually activated. How can I do it automatically?


For Statup, there should be a setting in the BIOS, but without more details can't really help.

  1. You'll need a batch file, scheduled to run at 1:30am. Copy and paste this into a txt file, save it to a location where it won't get deleted (C:\Windows) as die.bat (NOT die.bat.txt)

shutdown /s /f /t 20

  1. This shuts the computer down (/s), forces any process to end (/f) with a 20 seconds timeout (/t 20). To make it sleep/hibernate, use the /h flag instead of the /s one.

  2. Next, click on start and find Task Schedular. (All Programs, Accessories, Systems Tools, Task Scheduler).

  3. On the right-hand pane, click "Create Basic Task" enter image description here

  4. Give the task a name and description (example "Shutdown").

  5. Choose when you want to task to run (example "Daily")

  6. Choose what time you want to the task to run (example "01:30:00), recur ever 1 days)

  7. Choose "Start a Program"

  8. Browse to the location of the .bat file.

  9. Click Next, Click Finish.

  10. To test, save all your work, right-click, and "Run Now".

  • how does this wake the computer? – Daniel Mar 24 '15 at 18:27

Check if there is an support in the bios for automatic wake up/shut down.

  • Not quiet the answerd i was looking for, but thanks :) – Christian J May 23 '11 at 12:19
  • I have tried it and it works, however I am not sure if every laptop supports this. – xciter May 23 '11 at 12:20
  • My bios dosen't support the Wake up / shut down option , but i was more looking for a Batch file or something like that, – Christian J May 23 '11 at 12:21
  • can you help me with the task scheduler ? have treid a bit in it, but never understood it 100% ... – Christian J May 23 '11 at 12:26
  • Wrong answer but here is a link :) thespinningdonut.com/… – xciter May 23 '11 at 12:27

Try Task Scheduler, built into the OS. It can, appropriately, schedule tasks to run at specific times, in response to events, and give you a decent amount of control over when these tasks repeat.

You can tell it to run just about anything, so batch files can be your friend: Though for waking up scheduled tasks won't do, as it can't run. You may be able to use wake-on-LAN, or your BIOS may be able to wake your PC at a specific time.

  • can you help me with the task scheduler ? have treid a bit in it, but never understood it 100% .. – Christian J May 23 '11 at 12:26
  • @Christian; I'm on Win7, so it may be different on your end, but what I did was type Task Scheduler into the search bar, then hit Create Basic Task on the right hand side. From there it's all pretty straightforward, and I've never particularly delved into the more complex areas. – Phoshi May 23 '11 at 12:33
  • @Phoshi; Okay, i made a task called "Turn on" at 06:30 am and one called "Turn off" at 01:30 am, so now it should be working now ? :) – Christian J May 23 '11 at 12:49
  • @Christian J; If they're tied to something that would ordinarily turn the PC on and off, yes ;) – Phoshi May 23 '11 at 13:21
  • so it would be enough just to make it open cmd.exe? :) – Christian J May 23 '11 at 13:44

There's an entire SU question regarding shutting down/sleeping the computer from the command-line, so I won't bother repeating that info here again:

How can I put the computer to sleep from Command Prompt/Run menu?

For waking the computer:

Unlike what @Phoshi seems to suggest in his answer (from 2011), with Vista+ you can use Task Scheduler to wake up the computer from sleep.

Look under the Conditions Tab for your task:

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Basically create a task, set the time you want to wake the computer, and then set it to run a program, with the "Wake the computer to run this task" enabled. For example, running cmd.exe with /c exit as the arguments will cause the CMD to be launched, and then exit is immediately run to close the CMD window.

More info: How to Make Your PC Wake From Sleep Automatically

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