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Shutdown.exe cannot be found when called from AT

Alistair7
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I have tried the following under XP pro:
AT 14:05 /interactive /every:ma,ti,on,to,f "C:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe" -s -f -t 60
AT 16:05 /interactive /every:ma,ti,on,to,f "%windir%\system32\shutdown.exe" -s

By then typing AT, I can see that the various jobs have been saved and ready to run.
But when they try to run, there is an error which in the event viewer says "cannot find given file" (or something like that - it's in Norwegian which also explains the strange spelling of the days.)

It looks like it cannot find "shutdown.exe"

Shutdown.exe is indeed in system32.  And if I copy and paste the last half of the above line at the dos prompt, the PC shuts down as expected with a 60 second delay.
"%windir%\system32\shutdown.exe" -s

Why does it not find the program??
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DonNetwork Administrator
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Try removing the quotes
Have you tried to create a batch (let's say, C:\windows\system32\shtdn.bat) containing the line
"C:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe" -s -f -t 60

and then use AT 14:05 /interactive /every:ma,ti,on,to,f "C:\windows\system32\shtdn.bat"

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DonNetwork Administrator
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Nevermind, quotes dont make a difference.
 
Try psshutdown instead
 
http://www.ss64.com/nt/psshutdown.html 
Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic Advisor
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Starting with W2000, you should not use AT anymore, as there are several flaws. Instead, use Scheduled Tasks, e.g. with schtasks utility, to create jobs.

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Thanks for the help.  I can't recall now how I finally resolved the issue.  But AT shutdown is now shutting down the PCs everyday.
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