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Just wondering does anyone here know of a way to turn on, open a program an turn off a pc under a set daily time sequence? we have a pc at the front of the shop that just displays a powerpoint of what we do thing is if im away nobody remembers to switch it on so looking for an automated soulation
 

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I am going to move this to the XP forum where it will get better attention. :)
 

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Most systems have a BIOS setting for Wake on Alarm, where you can set a time to power on the system.

Put a shortcut to the program you want to run in the Start Menu Startup folder, then create a Scheduled Task (Control Panel | [Performance and Maintenance] | Scheduled Tasks | Add Scheduled Task) to run the shutdown command at the time you want to power off the PC.

When you create the Scheduled Task, use shutdown -s -t 15 as the program to run. This will start a shutdown with a 15 second warning at the time you choose.

Scheduled Tasks require an account with a password to run, but the account doesn't have to be the same one you boot into, and you can set Windows to automatically log onto an account with a password.

Some computers will power on or resume from Hibernation simply by checking the Wake the computer to run this task box on the Settings tab in the Task Properties, without having to set anything in the BIOS; Windows will set that up for you, though you may have to enable the Wake on Alarm feature in the BIOS. So you would create one task to run the program, and one to shutdown.
 
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