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Windows 7: Stop programs preventing Windows 7 from scheduled idle shutdown.

02 May 2015   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Stop programs preventing Windows 7 from scheduled idle shutdown.

Hello there,

I've been searching, unsuccessfully, for a solution to this without resorting to third party programs.

My nephews Windows 7 machine automatically locks at certain times to prevent him going on it or just to get him off of it at bed time.

At this time he is usually playing Minecraft and it locks with the game running. The computer is also set during the day so that is he doesn't use it for an hour it shuts down. I did have it set to go to sleep but it seems to show a BSOD after waking up again, plus I always feel resuming from sleeping just generally causes problems.

Now the problem I have is that if it locks in the evening while he is playing his game, then it stops the pc from idling and the scheduled shut down I have set after an hour of idling then doesn't kick in.

Does anyone have an idea of how to change this to either set the idling state when there is simply no keyboard or mouse input or to perhaps close the program at a certain time?

I'm aware there are third party programs that can accomplish this but I generally don't like using too many programs or things. If I really have to then I will do.

Also I noticed that the monitor still goes to sleep. I guess this is set using just the mouse and keyboard input.

Many thanks


My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2015   #2

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

To me it sounds like his PC has more problems than the scheduled shutdown.
If it gets BSOD's, ask for help in the BSOD forum, using the BSOD posting instructions.

If i had this problem, i would
- Restore the system to a time before the problems started.
-- I have system backup images ... do you have backup images or restore points ?
- If i still have a problem after a restore, ask for BSOD help.
- Check for malware and virus's
- Run a System File Check - SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
- If none of this works, do a clean reinstall
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2015   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Hi David.

I agree I should probably look into it. It's just not something that bothers me. I have never put any PC I have to sleep. I just always preferred a clean boot. I always got odd bugs from doing it. The only place I don't notice problems with it is on laptops. I will admit that sleep is generally better than hibernate though. That one really causes problems.

But I have fairly recently installed Windows on that system, so I know it isn't anything malicious. More likely a dodgy driver.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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