How-to Set Timeout for Shutdown

With the use of this simple, yet wonderful DOS command you can set timeout to shutdown your PC. You can type this command either in Run or at Command Prompt (or)

You can even create a batch file (.bat) and execute it. For that open notepad, type the command and save the file as filename.bat which creates a batch file and double-click that batch file to start execution of your commands.

Syntax for System Shutdown Timeout

Shutdown -s -t xxxx

xxxx is the time in seconds to be specified for timeout.

Note: Command to abort a started timeout is: Shutdown -a

Here is the complete usage of DOS shutdown command for further reference:

shutdown [-i | -l | -s | -r | -a] [-f] [-m \computername] [-t xx] [-c “comment”] [-d up:xx:yy]

No args Display this message (same as -?)
-i Display GUI interface, must be the first option
-l Log off (cannot be used with -m option)
-s Shutdown the computer
-r Shutdown and restart the computer
-a Abort a system shutdown
-m \computername Remote computer to shutdown/restart/abort
-t xx Set timeout for shutdown to xx seconds
-c “comment” Shutdown comment (maximum of 127 characters)
-f Forces running applications to close without warning
-d [u][p]:xx:yy The reason code for the shutdown
u is the user code
p is a planned shutdown code
xx is the major reason code (positive integer less than 256)
yy is the minor reason code (positive integer less than 65536)



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