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Windows 7, Is ther a way to setup my desk top PC so that after 1 hour of not being used to PC shuts down,

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Please tell me the steps to setup my PC so that it will completely close any program and shutdown the PC if there is no activity on the PC after 1 Hour.

Thanks in advance for your guidance.
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Press Start - in search pane type: Power Options.
Select Power Options and in opened windows press Change Plan settings.
Put Computer to sleep - select the time you want.
Save changes and after specified time of idle state the PC will go into hibernation. Which is the almost the same as turn off with only difference that all you work is saved in special file which allows to get immediate back to work when computer wakes up.
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Hello,

if you really want to shutdown the computer instead of just sleep/hibernation you can create a shedule task to do so for you:

 - Open up Task Scheduler to create the new job, so open it up and click the Create Task link on the right-hand side;
 - Give the task a name, and make sure to check the box for “Run with highest privileges”, since the shutdown utility requires admin access;
 - Head to the Triggers tab, click New, and then setup a schedule that makes sense for you;
 - Go to the Actions tab, click New, and then enter shutdown into the Program box, and /S into the parameters box. If you want to force a shutdown and kill every app, you can use /S /F to force it to happen right away;
 - Then go to the Conditions tab, and make sure to check the box to only start the task if the computer is idle for more than 60 minutes. You can also choose to stop the task if the PC isn’t idle to help make sure it doesn’t kick in if you are on the PC;
 - Lastly, head to the Settings tab, and you can choose to restart the task every 30 minutes if the task fails—that way, if you are on the PC for a while past the normal time, the job will start up later on and shut down the PC.

Hope it helps,
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by:Lou Dufresne
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Thanks everyone for you quick responses. I will try out thes solutions tonight after work and get back to everyone tomorrow.

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IMO it is better to use sleep (hibernation) mode than forced shut down as shut down can destroy unsaved documents.
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Sleep isn't the same as hibernation. Sleep mode still keeps the PC running so that the contents of the RAM is saved, it'll then be available faster when it is awakened, but it still uses Power as it isn't off.

Hibernate on the other hand saves the contents of the RAM into a hibernation file, and when saved, the PC shuts down. So you save much more power that way. But it'll take longer to start.

But otherwise I agree with noxcho that it would be better to make the PC either hibernate or go to sleep, as that way you don't loose any data from files that are open.
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I put the hibernation into brackets after sleeps as it is considered to be a feature of sleep. At least MS puts it in Power Options in Sleep submenu.
BTW there you can also set the hibernation time and wake timers as well.
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There's a further feature in Windows 7 called "Hybrid Sleep". This function is a combination of sleep and hibernation, in that it writes the contents of the RAM to the hibernation file when the PC goes to sleep, and after the sleep timeout has finished, it'll go into hibernation and shut the PC down. But this function doesn't always seem to work like expected, so often it isn't recommended.
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i never use sleep - nor hibernation, since both have been known to fail and cause even issues restarting...
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Wow,  This has been very informative. I have been using sleep mode fro quite a while but i am looking dfor something to shut off the PC. I did not know the difference between sleep and Hibernation and thanks to all of you I now do. Both Padro and Lior's advise provide me with what I want to accomplish.

Thanks all for your excellent comments.
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