How to Conditionally Shutdown or Hibernate Your PC

Shutdown and power button

Every day we shut down our computers after finishing our daily work at the end of the day. At times, we also put it in hibernating mode while taking a temporary break. How about shutting down your PC on a conditional basis? Sounds exciting? Well, you can hibernate, restart, shut down or lock your PC under multiple conditions as per your requirements. There are no complex system configuration routines to implement this functionality. You can do so very easily through a free and powerful software made specifically for this purpose. Let's check out this tutorial to learn how to do it without any complexity.

Shutdown and power button

Although technically sound users can do this through various hacks and features natively provided by Windows, we'll take a look at the software made specifically for this very purpose to ease everything.

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These conditional shutdowns and hibernations are most suited for users who keep their system on throughout the day and want it to automatically go into a specific state without any human intervention.

To get started, download and install the Wise Auto Shutdown application on your PC. It's free to use and works like charm.

Following actions can be automated through this flexible application.

  • Shutdown - If you want to gracefully shut down and switch off your PC, select this option.
  • Restart - To trigger a restart of your PC, this option should be selected.
  • Log off - This option is useful to simply log off from your Windows account.
  • Hibernate - This option is selected to save your work state which can be resumed later on restart.
  • Sleep - To save power, select this option to put your PC to sleep.
  • Lock Screen - This one is quite obvious. Use it to lock your screen based on a condition.
Wise Auto Shutdown features

Configuring your preferred action is pretty simple as shown in the image above. Let's take a look at the triggering conditions one by one.

One can use the Specify time and From now options to provide the exact time or the time duration that should trigger the selected primary action.

Through the former option, you can specify both the date and time and the latter one can be used to specify the number of hours and minutes till which the trigger should remain subsided. It is the most commonly used option selected by most users of this application.

Similarly, the Daily option can be selected when you want to trigger the primary action at a specific time—daily. It's like repeating the same task—perpetually—at a fixed time.

And last but not least is the On Idle option. It is recommended when you anticipate a significant idle time that may occur in the future while using your PC. It is rarely selected by the users.

Always keep the reminder checkbox selected to ensure you get a chance to stall or delete the upcoming action—if required.

It runs silently in the background without interrupting your workflow. The application itself has a very light footprint on the system resources. Do give it a try!