How to schedule Windows Shutdown using AT command?

AT is a command which is used in Command Prompt to specify dates and times for other programs and commands. Thus it can be said that it is a scheduling command. Besides scheduling, it is also used to view the tasks which are already scheduled.

This command can be used in all major operating systems including windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Other Versions of Windows.

Below process describes how to schedule the shutdown task using AT command. To schedule shutdown using AT command, administrative rights are necessary.


  • Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt
  • Type following commands in the command prompt window
at 19:00 shutdown –s

With this command, the computer is scheduled to shutdown at 19:00 pm.

  • Taking another example of scheduling tasks, write the following command
at 15:30 "abc /f"

This command will run the abc command today at 15:30 pm.

AT commands can also be combined with other commands to carry out various task.

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