DIY Free & Easy Sleep Timer for Windows 10. This video briefly details how to set up shortcuts to make a shutdown timer on Windows 10, with no need to install any third-party software. Note that it initiates a full shutdown, and does not actually put it into 'Sleep' mode. It's a sleep timer like on a television. Note that this does actually SHUTDOWN the computer - Sleep mode is not possible with shutdown.exe, but Hiberbate may be available if enabled on the machine.
For copy & paste:
shutdown.exe -s -t 1800
1min = 60
10min = 600
15min = 900
20min = 1200
30min = 1800
45min = 2700
1hr = 3600
-If nothing seems to happen, first check that the command is entered correctly, ie. no missing spaces or something.
- System32 or sysWOW64. Instead of the 'C:\Windows\System32\' folder, try looking for versions of "shutdown.exe" found in other Windows folders such as 'C:\Windows\sysWOW64\'. I'm assuming this is a 32/64 bit thing.
-user downthegardenpath noticed that the 'Pro' version of Win7-64bit only accepted using slashes " / " instead of dashes " - " for the command switches.
eg. instead of '-s -t 3600' try '/s /t 3600'
A quick note on my use of the term 'Sleep':
In short, some viewers object to my use of "Sleep" in the title, in that this technique does NOT specifically send a computer to the ACPI S3 state - instead it uses shutdown.exe, to, well... shutdown the computer. The options provided by using shutdown.exe do not include putting to Sleep; Windows handles that option by a completely different .dll file.
"Sleep Timer" is used here in the sense of an old '90's TV, where you'd set it to go to sleep as both you, and some late-night TV ended the day. It would completely "shutdown".
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