Schedule Shutdown 2
Schedule Shutdown is a simple-to-use Windows application designed to schedule the computer to perform a power management option (log out, shutdown, restart) at a time defined by the user.
It comes packed with an intuitive set of options that can be easily figured out by all types of users, even those with little or no experience in such apps.
Fast install and user-friendly GUI
The installation procedure is rapid and does not require special attention. As far as the interface is concerned, the program has a single window with a clean layout, where you can schedule multiple tasks.
Set one-time or recurring tasks
After selecting the type of operation to perform, you can either establish a time until executing it (in minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years), or point out a specific time and date.
Enable notifications until execution
When it comes to program settings, you can ask Schedule Shutdown to display a notification before an operation is executed (default is 30 seconds), disable the sound alert, as well as make the program automatically run at Windows startup until further notice.
All tasks can be removed from the list with the click of about. However, existing ones cannot be cleared or edited. Users also get the chance to cancel an operation by clicking the notification balloon. The utility minimizes to the system tray area where it does not interrupt normal user activity.
Performance and conclusion
CPU and RAM usage was low during our evaluation. We have not come across any issues, since the app did not hang, crash or pop up error messages (tests were made on Windows 8.1). Although it is not necessarily feature-rich, Schedule Shutdown offers a simple solution for scheduling the computer to shut down, restart or log off, and it can be handled by all types of users.