3 Ways to Shut Down Windows 10 with the Shutdown Timer

I am sure you like Windows 10 because of its features and user-friendly icons and layout.

Yes, I do the same.

But, sometimes, it frustrates a lot when we try to shut down Windows 10 but it’s failed again and again.

So, in this article, I am going to share some cool and creative ideas that help users to shut down windows with the shutdown timer by command prompt.


Recently I am searching for dpc_watchdog_violation in the online forum then I landed on the Windows 10 forum where I saw some Windows 10 users were not able to reboot or shut down their system after an update.

Then I did Google search deeply where I saw many users have the same problem. So, I came with a solution where you can use shutdown timer to reboot or shutdown windows 10 using the Cmd prompt.

Shutdown Windows 10 Using Run prompt (Shutdown Timer)

In this method, you can shut down Windows 10 with the help of “shutdown command” you can choose timer or can also shutdown without timer.

here are some steps which you have to follow.

•Type run in the search box of your taskbar and click on the result.

•Type the command

shutdown -s -t TimeInSeconds

windows shutdown timer

for eg.  shutdown -s -t 60

that’s it 60 represents the no. of seconds, Which means system shutdown in 1 minute.

• Click the OK button once you type the command.

“You’re about to be signed out” this message appears when the input time is over. and Windows 10 will automatically shut down.

 Shutdown Windows 10 Using Command Prompt

In this method, we will explain how to use shutdown timer using Command prompt. This is the same way which you use in run prompt.

Just follow the given instruction:

• Type Cmd in the taskbar search section. and click on the result.

• New command prompt windows will open as shown in the image.

• Now type the shutdown command

shutdown -s -t TimeInSeconds

shutdowndown command

Eg. shutdown -s -t 60 which means the system will shutdown in 2 Minutes.

• Now press enter to execute the command.

This is the same command which you execute in run prompt.

after the given time is over Windows will automatically expire.

Using PowerShell to Shutdown Windows 10

Now in this method, we will explain how to set timer using Powershell. Just follow the instructions:

• Open power User menu using Win+x shortcut key.

• See the below image for reference.

Shutdown via Powershell

• Now Click on Windows Powershell. After clicking on Powershell in menu Powershell windows will popup on the screen.

• Now type the command

shutdown -s -t TimeInSeconds

Command shutdown

• After pressing enter you will see popup message see image reference which means your system will shut down in 2 minutes.

Here are some Commands Which help you with problems.

/?Display help. This is the same as not typing any options.
/iDisplay the graphical user interface (GUI).
/lLog off. This cannot be used with /m or /d options.
/sShutdown the computer.
/rShutdown and restart the computer.
/gShutdown and restart the computer. After the system is
rebooted, restart any registered applications.
/aAbort a system shutdown.
/pTurn off the local computer with no time-out or warning.
/hHibernate the local computer.
/eDocument the reason for an unexpected shutdown of a computer.
/t xxx• Set the time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds.
• The valid range is 0-315360000 (10 years), with a default of 30.
• If the timeout period is greater than 0, the /f parameter is
/c “comment”• Comment on the reason for the restart or shutdown.
• A maximum of 512 characters allowed.
/f•Force running applications to close without forewarning users.
• The /f parameter is implied when a value greater than 0 is
specified for the /t parameter.
/f• Force running applications to close without forewarning users.
• The /f parameter is implied when a value greater than 0 is
specified for the /t parameter.
/d [p|u:]xx:yy• Provide the reason for the restart or shutdown.
• p indicates that the restart or shutdown is planned.
• u indicates that the reason is user-defined.
• If neither p nor u is specified the restart or shutdown is
• xx is the major reason number (positive integer less than 256).
• yy is the minor reason number (positive integer less than 65536).


We tried our best to give you the best solution for windows shutdown timer through cmd shutdown command. All the above methods will work for all the Windows 10 users. You can also use the first 2 solutions in windows 7. If you face any issue then feel free to comment down. we surely help you to resolve your problem.


Ques: How to set a shutdown timer windows 10?

Ans: To set auto shutdown, open command prompt, powershell or RUN window and enter the command  “shutdown -s -t TimeInSeconds.”

Ques: How to cancel auto shutdown windows 10?

Ans: To cancel shutdown just run another command “/a” to abort the Windows shutdown.

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