By Mark O’Neill
I have a lot of scheduled tasks running during the night when I am snoozing away in bed – virus scans, spyware scans, cleaning out the crap with CCleaner and much more. But at the same time, I get a lot of grief from the girlfriend about leaving the computer on all night and running up the electricity bill. So to placate her, I went online and found a tool that will shut down your PC at a specified time. It’s called Poweroff 3.0.
But to call it a “shutdown tool” really minimises its full potential. As well as telling it to shutdown, you can also choose for the computer to reboot (for example after Windows security updates have been installed), hibernation mode and turning the monitor on and off. There are other options too (see the screenshot) but since I would never use them, I haven’t taken the time to learn about them. But I am about to test the “remote” function where you can manipulate your computer from another location. Our house has four computers in a local network and in theory I should be able to switch off the computer downstairs from the one upstairs.
What is really good about Poweroff 3.0 is that it can be run off a USB stick as it is an executable file which doesn’t have to be installed on the PC. Just double-click the exe file and it is ready to go. So this would be a handy addition for a tech’s USB stick. Are you installing Windows security updates on a client’s computer? Then get the updates started, tell Poweroff 3.0 to restart the system when the patches are installed and you can run off for a coffee break in the meantime!
Poweroff 3.0 is freeware and open-source. However, the download page doesn’t specify if the program works on Vista computers. But since the program is open-source, I imagine it wouldn’t be too hard to tweak the code for it to work on Vista systems.