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I'm using a Dell Inspiron N5110 running Windows 7. Please tell me how to shutdown my laptop automatically if I'm away from it for 30 minutes or more.

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  • Do you really want to shut down, or simply sleep or hibernate? (Or simply lock?) If you shut down you lose any work you were in the middle of. – Daniel R Hicks Sep 13 '13 at 12:18
  • @Daniel R Hicks : if i m downloading something, will it be download after hibernate or sleep – Toothless Sep 13 '13 at 12:20
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    Unclear: Do you mean, will a download that completes before sleep/hibernate be available after "reawakening"? If so, yes. But sleeping/hibernating in the middle of a download will probably (but not certainly) cause the download to fail. – Daniel R Hicks Sep 13 '13 at 16:57

You can do this with task scheudler and a bat file

Create a bat file by: open notepad, and type the string

shutdown.exe /s /t 00

Save this file to your My Documents directory and name it Shutdown.bat (note the .bat extension and not .txt).

Then, open Task Scheulder (type task s from start menu)

Create a new task (not basic)

Give it a name

On idle

In Conditions tab, select start the task only if the computer is idle for 30 minutes

Now, in Actions tab, click New start a program and brose for your .bat file.

Click OK until it's saved!

All done!

As an aside, just be careful in regards that you may lose unsaved work; Also, this may not be desirable if a background update is running or a download etc

  • You should go add this to the tagged dupe. :) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Sep 13 '13 at 11:27
  • @techie007, are you able to move this for me, or should I just copy and paste it over? – Dave Sep 13 '13 at 11:54
  • I can't move it. IMO I'd say yeah, just C&P -- or perhaps flag it to get a mod involved? :) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Sep 13 '13 at 13:45

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