Windows 10 Shutdown Script through Scheduled task for specific time

  1.    15 Aug 2017 #1

    Windows 10 Shutdown Script through Scheduled task for specific time

    Hey all,

    I have been working on trying to shutdown about 21 lab computers everyday at 11pm through scheduled task with a shutdown script which is as simple as:

    REM Shutdown computers at 11;%windir%\system32\shutdown.exe /s /f /t 0 /c "Computer shutting down"

    The computers did not shutdown when I tested it for 11.30am.
    A few things:

    -any parameters that need to be defined for the task to run without interruption from user/system profiles? I have enabled run with highest privileges on domain administrator profile.
    -would this be affected if active hours are defined within the system?
    -best way to perform this process without any hassle?

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  2.    16 Aug 2017 #2



    Any update on this?
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       16 Aug 2017 #3

    What security software do you run? It might be blocking it, also this might help:
    reg add "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop" /v "AutoEndTasks" /t REG_SZ /d "1" /f
    reg add "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop" /v "HungAppTimeout" /t REG_SZ /d "25000" /f
    reg add "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop" /v "WaitToKillAppTimeout" /t REG_SZ /d "25000" /f
    reg add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control" /v "WaitToKillServiceTimeout" /t REG_SZ /d "25000" /f

    I have just tested it and it works fine.
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  4.    16 Aug 2017 #4

    First, if you are running a script with domain admin or SYSTEM privileges, please ensure the script is in a place that cannot be accessed by anyone except trusted users.

    Second, I would suggest using PowerShell for this instead of a bat file.

    Task settings:

    Run whether user is logged on or not


    Daily, at 11pm

    Actions: Start a program

    powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass <drive>:\path\to\myscript.ps1

    (again please make sure this is in a location that normal users do not have permission access - we don't want them being able to run arbitrary code SYSTEM or a domain admin)

    Now in myscript.ps1 simply type:

    Stop-Computer -Force
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