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Auto Shutdown Computer

I need some help in creating a task in Task Manager that will automatically force stop programs and shut down the computer after it has been idle for one hour. I have created a task that will shut down at a specific time, but I need something that can run multiple times throughout the day. I need the task to be automated every time the computer is rebooted.

For example, my wife boots the computer, logs onto to facebook, leaves the computer with facebook pages open (I have checked after she has walked away from the computer and have found as many as 43 facebook pages open at one time). I want a task that will then force stop facebook, then shut down the computer after it has been idle for a short period of time, then, if she logs back on later in the day will again run the routine and shut down again.

With her oversight of leaving the computer with facebook open and multiple pages open, I am afraid of someone hacking my system. I have already had as incidence of someone hacking our joint checking account and making $2800 in withdrawals. We finally got this resolved and the withdrawals reinstated.

Do I need to set up separate tasks to run every hour or so throughout the day to accomplish this task, or is there some argument or command that I can insert in the basic task that will reactivate the task to shutdown after the current session is idle for an hour?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,
Ed Wood

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Why not use Hibernation?

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It would do 99.99% of what is needed. The computer is off and won't respond to hacks.

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Auto Shutdown Computer

In reply to: Why not use Hibernation?

1. As I said before, sometimes my wife walks away from the computer and leaves Facebook open and as high as 43 Facebook pages open. I don't want to take the chance of any hackers getting into the computer.

2. If my wife cannot figure out how to close the open Facebook pages, she CERTAINLY cannot figure out how to put the computer into hibernation mode!

3. Neither can she figure out how to recover from hibernation.

4. If I am going to have to check up on her and hibernate the computer, it would be easier or just as easy to shut down the computer.

Thanks for the suggestion, though

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I've seen that work.

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As to item 3, are you revealing she doesn't know how to use the PC's power button?

That's one very early beginner user of a PC. You may have to leave a note.

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YOU Can Setup The Hibernation Options

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Let your wife logon, then you create the Hibernation setting so it automatically enables after a period of time.. 1 minute, 5 minutes, etc. Easy, and it's automatic.

Also, your wife might also learn the "Windows key + L" way to immediately lock the computer upon leaving. It simply requires the logon password when she wants to get back on. The computer doesn't power off but it requires a log back in when revisiting the machine. At our office, there were specific, "high importance" computer operators which were required to "lock" their computer whenever they weren't there. Just another option.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Auto Shutdown Computer

In reply to: YOU Can Setup The Hibernation Options

My wife is 78 years old! She is suffering from Dementia. It is amazing to me that she can do the things that she does on the computer. She could not remember to follow the steps you guys have suggested she do to shutdown or hibernate the computer. If she could remember to do that, she should be able to remember to log off Facebook.

All of that is beside the point, though. I discovered how to create a task in the Task Manager in Windows 10. I have created a task to automatically shut down the computer when it has been idle for 30 minutes. This works like a charm and has solved my problem.

Thanks to everyone for your great suggestions.

Regards,
Ed Wood

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You wrote.

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"Neither can she figure out how to recover from hibernation."

Since recovering from hibernation is the same as turning on the PC, how did you solve that issue?

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Recover from Hibernation

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She can do a simple task like pressing the button on the front of the computer to power on the computer. She cannot figure out how to do the various keystrokes once the computer is in hibernation.

She can power on the computer, click on the Facebook icon, click on the various links in the Facebook messages, but cannot remember to LOG OFF FACEBOOK!!

She thinks that minimizing the Facebook Page in the browser is the same as logging off the browser.

Regardless, the Shutdown task that I created that checks to see if the computer is idle for 30 minutes, then shuts down the computer, is working fine!

Bottom line! "If it isn't broken, don't fix it!"

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This confused me.

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"She cannot figure out how to do the various keystrokes once the computer is in hibernation."

Once the PC is in hibernation no keystrokes work for me. It only works once I tap the power button and the machine starts up.

I see you found a fix you like.

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