Using Task Scheduler to schedule the computer to shut down and restart at a
Click Start, Run and type control schedtasks
Double-click Add Scheduled Task. The Scheduled Task Wizard starts.
Under Click the program you
want Windows to run, click Browse.
In the Select Program to
Schedule dialog box, locate the %SystemRoot%\System32 folder, locate
and click the Shutdown.exe file, and then click Open.
Under Perform this task,
specify a name for the task and how frequently you want this task to run,
and then click Next.
Under Select the time and day
you want this task to start, specify a start time and date for the task, and
then click Next.
Type the user name and
password to run this task under, and then click Next.
Click to select the Open
advanced properties for this task when I click Finish check box, and then
Click the Task tab. In the Run
box, specify any additional parameters that you want to use with
Shutdown.exe. Click OK.
Important: In the 10th step, you need to add the parameters for the Shutdown.exe command. To immediately shutdown the system (0 second timeout), the
command-line would be:
-s -t 00
To reboot the system
immediately, this command:
-r -t 00
For additional help, type Shutdown
/? at the Command Prompt. Scheduling the Shutdown.exe without any parameters
will not help. It will just execute with a exit code 0 (success)