Looking for a program that shuts down the computer at a specific time - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Software > Microsoft Windows and Software
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-18-2004, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Techie
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 55
Default Looking for a program that shuts down the computer at a specific time

Hello all. I'm trying to find a program to download for XP Home that locks down the computer between a time frame specified by the user. Basically I am trying to keep my children from using the computer after 9pm, and since I often don't get home until 10-11pm I can't always be there to do it myself. I want the program to be password protected so they can't change the settings. But since its my sons computer (and hes a real whiz) I want him to still have total control of his computer so I want the program to be independant from the administrators account and password. That way he can mess with his computer all he wants, but it still shuts down at 9 and theres nothing he can do about it unless he knows the password (uninstalling etc won't work). I really don't need any other features other than the shutdown and password protection, so HOPEFULLY there is a small freeware program out there. Anyone have any suggestions for a freeware or possibly cheap shareware program that could do this? Thanks in advance!

PJYelton is offline  
Old 06-18-2004, 04:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
True Techie
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 173

try winxp manager v4.8.3.4
it gives an option to set it to shutdown,standby etc under the misc tab.

e6700 @ 3.0ghz stock cooling
bfg nforce 680i
dual bfg 8800gtx
Corsair XMS2-6400 C4 TwinX PC2-6400 2GB
Barracuda 7200.10 320GB 16MB Cache SATA-II x2
Enermax Galaxy 850W
Razer Copperhead Tempest Blue 2000dpi Gaming Mouse
Saitek Eclipse 2 Illuminated Keyboard
NEC LCD20WGX2 Silver Widescreen 20" TFT Monitor
crward is offline  
Old 06-20-2004, 08:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
Super Techie
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 400

I asked the same question previously. I got mixed results. Basically, from what i figured out from responses on this board and on others, in addition to what i found on the net, there aren't any free programs that'll do this to the extent that we both want and make us happy. Sure there are a few programs (like psshutdown) that you can use to shut down the pc remotely, but they've gotta be initiated each time by you each night. One person mentioned writing a batch file... but that's all the info i got out of that one guy. lol.

There's a few other things like using the command prompt and setting user time limits but it doesn't shut down the pc just stops them from logging on again after a certain time.

Basically, the only real good stuff i found were programs you'd have to pay for. I downloaded one of these, it has a 15 day trial and then its pretty cheap. It is really configurable and seemed to have a lot of the options i was looking for.


Good luck. I went with this program but haven't been able to use it... ended up confiscating the whole pc a week ago due to finding downloaded viruses and porn on their (kids) computer. Guess i don't need it now!
The only \"intuitive\" interface is the nipple. After that, it\'s all learned. ;)
Ares is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:14 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.