- Click Start, Run and type control schedtasks
- Double-click Add Scheduled Task. The Scheduled Task Wizard starts.
- Click Next.
- 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 Finish.
- 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:
shutdown.exe -s -t 00
To reboot the system immediately, this command:
shutdown.exe -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)