I’ve heard that Windows can be scheduled to start up on its own every morning. While I can program my coffee maker to automatically brew a pot every morning, I can’t figure out how to get my PC to be up and running when I come to work. Can you help?
Windows XP can do that, and it takes just a minute or two to set it up. Go to the Control Panel and click on Scheduled Tasks and then on Add Scheduled Task to launch the Scheduled Task Wizard , which is very clear. Click on Next and the Browse button to access the Windows folder SYSTEM32 , where you’ll find the Shutdown.exe file.
Now click on Open and the wizard will ask you to give the chore a name (I called it shutdown ) and set a schedule.
It later will ask for your user account name and password (if you have one). Then click on Next and check Open advanced properties and then on Finish .