At a Glance
- Requires Microsoft .NET 3.5.
This tool can shut down your computer once it’s done with a certain task. It can also restart it, log off, and do numerous other tasks.
Note: This review covers v3.1 of the software.
It was free at the time, and has since become a commercial
Shutdown Timer impressed me right from the get-go. Even before I
downloaded it, I couldn’t help but marvel at the name–it’s a
wonder of search engine optimization. Two simple words that
describe what this application does, and are no doubt searched
countless times every month.
Actually, Shutdown Timer’s name belies its versatility. The
application waits for any of a number of trigger conditions, and
will execute an operation once it occurs. It can indeed shut down
your computer, but it can also lock it, run a script or program you
choose, or even wake it from sleep. That’s right–you can shut down
your computer at the end of the day, and not have to wait for it to
boot in the morning. Simply have Shutdown Timer wake it up a few
moments before you come into the office. If you use a password to
log in to Windows, Shutdown Timer won’t log in for you, but you
will still save a few moments of sitting there and staring at the
screen while your computer boots.
Apart from being able to wake the computer, Shutdown Timer’s
other functions are strikingly similar to TimeComX’s.
Both programs let you set a trigger condition (a time, CPU/network
threshold, etc.) and execute an operation once it occurs. But that
is not to say they’re clones: Their interfaces are completely
different; it’s a striking example of how two coders can solve the
same problem in different ways.
Shutdown Timer feels more native on Windows, while TimeComX uses
controls that look like they came straight from Linux desktop
environment Gnome. With its large and simple buttons, Shutdown
Timer’s interface also feels slightly more streamlined to me, but
that’s subjective. If you choose to evaluate both Shutdown Timer
and TimeComX to find which one is a better fit for you, make sure
you don’t use both at the same time as their settings may
Shutdown Timer has a native 64-bit version, as well as a
portable version which doesn’t require any installation. This is
one utility you may realize you need only once you start using
Note: This link takes you to the vendor’s site,
where you can download the latest version of the software
appropriate to your system. This program is donationware. It is
free to use, but the author accepts and encourages donations
towards further development.