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Windows 7: Auto Shutdown with prompt

29 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Auto Shutdown with prompt

Hi all,

I wonder if anyone can help with a batch file that is not co-operating.

The intent of the batch file is the following: When the user shuts down the computer, it should prompt the user if maintenance batch jobs (defrag etc.) are to be run. The user can then choose to run the maintanance jobs or to just shut down the computer without running the jobs

The first part works ok: When the user shuts down the computer, the batch file starts running (This is accomplished this via the group policy)

The next part, the prompt, does not work. I am using the CHOICE command which works well enough if I run the batch file "stand-alone" but it does NOT work if I am running it through the group policy. I found the following possible explanation on another thread: "A shutdown script runs under the System Account, so won't have a visible window, plus when the script is run, the system has already switched to the logon/logoff desktop which would hide it anyway."

The question now is, how can I make that prompt visible and accept input from the user? (If possible, I would like to avoid having to learn powershell, vbs etc.)

Your help is greatly appreciated

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