Auto restart of window 7 pc gracefully


We have a pc that we would like to restart nightly.  the catch is that we cannot force the restart as Microsoft outlook is installed and running.  is there a way to bring down the applications and then restart the machine once they are done?
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I assume you are using task scheduler to do the shutdown and are using the shutdown command to do the restart. I would just change the command to the following:

shutdown /l /f /r

/l = log off any user
/f = force close any program without prompt
/r = restart
posaeAuthor Commented:
thanks flubbster.  yes this is through safe mode.  The only issue is forcing the close...i am assuming this doesn't shut down outlook gracefully, correct?  The reason i ask is when the machine comes back up, if outlook did not close down it prompts to start in safe mode.
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Any open program is "forced" to shutdown.
posaeAuthor Commented:
i created a script to do the following which worked:

delay = 30000 'delay in milliseconds to let Outlook close gracefully
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
    & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" _
    & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")

'If Outlook is running, let it quit on its own.
For Each Process in objWMIService.InstancesOf("Win32_Process")
  If StrComp(Process.Name,"OUTLOOK.EXE",vbTextCompare) = 0 Then
    Set objOutlook = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
    WScript.Sleep delay
    Exit For
  End If

'Make sure Outlook is closed and otherwise force it.
Set colProcessList = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
("Select * from Win32_Process Where Name = 'Outlook.exe'")
For Each objProcess in colProcessList

wscript.sleep delay

Set objWMIService = Nothing
Set objOutlook = Nothing
Set colProcessList = Nothing

Set WSHShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.Run "C:\WINDOWS\system32\shutdown.exe -r -t 0"

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posaeAuthor Commented:
this solution found was the best fit
Glad you go it. Funny... I found the exact same script on another webpage :)
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