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Windows 7: Trying to find a way to pop up a message before shutdown.

06 Nov 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Trying to find a way to pop up a message before shutdown.

Vague title, I apologize. I couldn't think of a simple way to ask for help with what I am I trying to do. First, let me explain why I posted this. If you are armed with that knowledge, it might open up some creative ideas that I had not thought of.

I have a Hauppauge Colossus video capture card. I use it, along with Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64 bit and Windows Media Center (WMC) to record TV shows. I use the tv guide in WMC to find shows and mark them for recording. It all works just fine if my pc is turned on, which is whenever I am home and awake. Sometimes I am not home or my show is on when I am sleeping. I can't tell you how often I have forgotten to leave my pc on so that it could record the show later in the day. There are also many times when I go to bed early and shut the pc in a hurry to race into bed, completely forgetting that a show is scheduled for recording in the next hour or so. I'm a nurse. My sleep times can and usually do vary by as much as 16 hours every six weeks or so.

So I thought, wouldn't it be great if a message popped up when I clicked Start->Shutdown, alerting me that a recording was scheduled, thus reminding me and allowing me to abort the shutdown. That was my first idea for a solution. I then thought it would be great if the computer would just turn itself on a few minutes before the scheduled recording and then shut itself off a few minutes after the recording, but I have no idea if such a thing is possible. My first idea seemed most plausible, but I expect that the regular contributors to this extremely helpful message board would have a better grasp on the possibilities than I. So if you are one of those, please pass along some ideas. I would very much appreciate them, and I thank you for your time and courtesy.

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06 Nov 2014   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit Desktops; Windows 7 Professional 64Bit Laptops

The simplest idea I come up with is to simply NOT shut down the computer at all. This assumes that you have a UPS to protect it from power failures, etc. Also, the cost to run one is actually very low compared to other things. This does mean that the machine will need the dust removed more often. Many machines have fans rated for 50,000 hours so that is not a real issue either.

Hope this helps a little.
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