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AgataSoft ShutDown Pro 3.2 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — AgataSoft ShutDown Pro 3.2

AgataSoft ShutDown Pro is a Powerful Auto Shut Down Timer.
$24.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 182 (20%) 737 (80%) 42 comments

AgataSoft ShutDown Pro 3.2 was available as a giveaway on July 21, 2012!

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AgataSoft ShutDown Pro is a software which is specially designed to shut down your computer automatically. You can leave your PC without need to turn it off manually. This program shuts down the computer according to the schedule that you set. It works on a certain day during a certain time.

The PC can also shut down if you are away for a specific number of hours or if the CPU usage is low. Are you using multiple computers? AgataSoft ShutDown Pro can perform its task on a local area network. With the help of network control, you can allow this application to shut down a single computer or several computers at a time.

Before the PC shuts down, you can see the remaining time displayed in your monitor. Aside from shutting down of computer, you can also schedule other tasks like alarm and restart. When it comes to automatic tasks like shutting down of computer, AgataSoft ShutDown Pro can do the entire job for you.

Special offer from AgataSoft for GOTD users: 66% discount for all products, coupon code: 76DCE5.

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/ 2003/ XP/ Vista/ 7





File Size:

5.23 MB



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Big TY to Mythicalme (#40) and DragonDonut (#41), guess I have to study BIOS good and proper, have been there on numerous occasions having XP Pro (SP2). Thanks to this Giveaway and kind Comments I might be closer to solving it:)

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


It sounds like your problem lies more in the BIOS. Try and edit the setting in the BIOS menu and see if the problem disappears.

Reply   |   Comment by DragonDonut  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@21 fran, as you didn't say which version of windows you're using, it is difficult to know how to help you, but it sounds to me like your boot manager is corrupted. Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a Startup Repair option that you can use if you have a copy of your Windows installation disk. With Windows XP, it's a little more difficult and not for the novice. In either case you'll want to unplug your USB drives before attempting the repair.

Reply   |   Comment by mythicalme  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi again, Ref to my own earlier Comment(#21) and those of Others'.
I'm glad I wasn't the only one interesting more in Startup (at scheduled times) rather than Shutdown (and Software(s) capable of performing this task)

Several Users mentioned altering BIOS for this Task (in my case, XP Pro - it's "del" key straight at Startup), but - for more specific instructions on what exactly to look for in there - please simply Google up subject: "Can BIOS make my computer boot at a specific time?" I did, and it led me to some interesting facts, methods, util tools (mostly free:) a.s.o

Some of us are interesting in this "trivial" to most subject - others having problems with booting might help themselves to sort out a nightmare of PC crashes and Systems hanging in loops at Windows Startup.. - or indeed only in simple "PC ready for me" when I get up:) Thanks for Today's opportunity to learn more! As always: Caution! when altering your BIOS (or Registry..), learn some facts first, and if you're not sure at all - DON'T F10 and exit from BIOS.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I use to use a .bat program that turned the machine off each night at the same time, but I found it often became a nuisance. Then I started using Wizmo with WinTV's remote to shut the computer down with a remote control.

There are plenty of ways to shut down a computer, but what's really needed is some way to turn it on automatically. Maybe something that could put the computer into sleep mode then "wake" it and trigger an alarm. That's where the real money's at.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Summerset  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Shutdown is easy. But try to log off automatically. Thanks GOTD for this great application. Today it is only $8.48 for those of you threaten to pay if cheaper.

Reply   |   Comment by Tom  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I agree with Giovanni (you dropped your title there), it doesn't deserve the massive thumbing down. Native windows commands do not offer all the functionality in this app, unless you're willing to batch/script it all out yourself. This app could be extremely usefull in an internet-cafe or a corporate environment.
$25 however is too much for personal use imho and besides, I have no use for this type of app. Nevertheless, thanks to GOTD and AgataSoft.

Reply   |   Comment by Danny  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Bubby @ #5

Thank you for the awesome suggestions. I have just downloaded and tried the programs mentioned by you, and I like them all.

Reply   |   Comment by im  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

start up computer in BIOS settings
Shut down computer wih task scheduler
Simple things are usually free

Reply   |   Comment by Tawas  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

$25? Really? For a single function utility? And a seldom needed one at that; I'm at a loss for why I would ever need to schedule a shut down when the off button is less than a meter away. I see some commenters saying they use this type of program, but it would be useless to me personally. I would say cut the price to $5.99 and give away something else with it. I would have to judge it as having very low general appeal, not enough of a specific audience to support it, so maybe think about using it as a "feature" in another more robust program instead.

Reply   |   Comment by promytius  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

@11 - auto startup of computer

Every P.C. that I have used has this feature via a BIOS (basic input-output system)usually referred to as "setup" when the computer boots.

The specific key needed to be pushed to enter the BIOS varies. "F2" has been the most commonly used key on my computers. Start pushing the appropriate key immediately when the computer starts (before entering Windows) you may need to push the key repeatedly until you learn the correct timing in the computer's boot-up sequence.

The task is not complicated. Each time you want to change the startup time you will need to do it through the BIOS. Reguardless of the BIOS setting you can still boot the computer manually at any time

Reply   |   Comment by Friedfrog  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Giovanni, thanks for the software links, you are the greatest, however you said: "Can Windows do this via Prompt Command".
Yes and no, if you are experienced user you can do it, however, most of the new BIOS can do all of that and then some.
My BIOS can sense temperature, usage, time of in-activities, LAN, video and or audio, communication ports activity and can either shut down or go to sleep mode, CPU activities can be lowered to crawl depending on how you set it.

Reply   |   Comment by Glen3  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

For those that use the comments to find freeware alternatives I personally use Shutter for this purpose (http://www.den4b.com/?x=downloads&product=shutter) or for more advanced functionality dShutdown (http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Launchers-Shutdown-Tools/DShutdown.shtml)

Reply   |   Comment by JDPower  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Another free and excellent shutdown tool which I'm quite certain will be of use to many...


Reply   |   Comment by Ganie  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

I agree with #11. Find a program that will have my computer turned on and open my favorites at 6:30 am everyday. Also have a fresh cup of coffee waiting.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

You do know that Windows has a command language and a scheduler, right? Also that your BIOS can be set to automatically start your PC at a certain time? So for a program like this to be worth $29, it has to add value to what is already in Windows. Otherwise, just buy a slice of pizza for a local geek and have him/her set up your computer the way you want. Windows power schemes are very powerful and going into hibernation can be just as effective as an actual shutdown.

The key is convenience. If you need to change things constantly, then maybe this program is a good value for you. Only you can judge how much your time is worth. My rule of thumb is if anything saves me more than an hour, I'll consider purchasing it.

BTW, shutdown -T 10 will shutdown your PC in 10 seconds, without any interaction on your part.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim W  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Worked really well. A bit inconsistant between 24hr and 12hr clocks.
Much more usable than the built in Windows software and has lots of useful functions.
Effective yes. Value for money? possibly if you have a regular need for this sort of software.

Reply   |   Comment by terryb  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

This guy has some pretty good stuff. I highly recommend the Wake Up On Standby, This easy to use program will wake up, run a program, shut down according to what ever schedule you want. Free all the time.

Reply   |   Comment by Walt  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

#9. Yes, comments can be unbalanced, but users are entitled to them. Not everyone here is a computer whiz, and therefore comments such as "Windows does it this way", or "This app can do this and the GOTD app can't" are indeeed helpful to those with limited understanding.
And YES, I would imagine users are wary of messing up their registry.

Look at your own comments. Don't they seem a bit harsh?

The program really didn't appeal to me, as I have others that work much better, have more options, and are free.

Oh....and I did try Shutdown Pro. Not worth paying for it, but it does what it says it will do.

Reply   |   Comment by QnA  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Thank you AgataSoft and the GAOTD team. This worked well for me. No problems. Good program for those who have limited time at the computer and sometimes forget to shut down.

Reply   |   Comment by luvthefreebies  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

# Bubby

1) I always use any FREEWARE I usually post here on a daily basis using TOOLWIZ TIME FREEZE first, so that the registry of my PC is safe. Then, I choose what it seems to me the best one, giving priority to PORTABLE software. I know...I'm a stupid guy compared to you...but what can I do for that??

2) please don't delete comments like this in reply to yours, as you did several times in the past.

3) be happy & don't be envious...there is no reason for that. For instance, I have to admit that the free alternatives you posted above (just for once) are slightly better than mine, but I'm not angry for that.

4) if you don't like my posts just skip reading them (I can ensure you I won't kill myself for this....LOL!!)!!


Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

Hi, I need a little help here please - Can this (or similar) Program work on PC with booting problem? - and not so much to SHUT it down (scheduling this particular function is rather tricky, since I work on it often crazy hours:), but - I would be interested in STARTUP ONLY at scheduled time in the morning after manually shutting my PC down.

The booting problem I've mentioned means that in my case I have to use F12 key and appoint OS Drive (out of 3 other Disks, one of them usb) to start Windows. I know it sounds little bit messy and perhaps Software as today's Giveaway wouldn't "have a brain" to sort it out for me - CAN it?? Thanks in advance for any clues.

PS:), In the past (different Giveaway) I have described this booting problem of mine and Someone kindly suggested to unplug all usb Devices and boot without them. Sadly it didn't work:( - hence my predicament and new hope this Method could perhaps work? Needless to say - I would jump on it!, lol.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Why do people always make "auto shutdown" software instead of "auto start up software"? Maybe windows can already do this? If not I'd love to have it, or even an "auto reboot" software. Any suggestions?

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Even a novice programmer knows how to make batch file for scheduling shut down.. So this software is not worth $1!

Reply   |   Comment by Ravit Kumar  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

This is a useful program for those that need a few options shutting down computer.Bionic,(#10), free alternative... Airytec Switch Off; This is what I use, very basic, but works! The need for a program like this is when you are performing some sort of scan that takes a long time, and it doesn't have an automatic shutdown.Simply scan, and then set time for computer to shut down. Also there are way too many negative comments everyday when GOTD is offering you hundreds of dollars worth of free software. Thanks GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Christopher Grimes  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

and for windows:

create a text file.


shutdown.exe -s -t 7200 (for 7200 seconds, you can make it + or -)
Then you save the file, and you rename it xxx.bat
(right click and "modify")

Reply   |   Comment by bepolite  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

Since I'm on linux and w7, both OS have options to shut down at a specific tim.
for ubuntu:
sudo shutdown -h -time 00:00
will turn off your computer at midnight.
Thanks GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by bepolite  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Easy installation, and very clear GUI on what it does without much help. I find it useful to sound off an alarm every 30 minutes to remind me to rest my eyes. Many other functions besides sounding off an alarm after a set time - hibernate, suspend, log off, power off, etc. - and there are also some other options to choose when to let these actions take place, such as when one is away from the PC - as detected from inactive fingerboard or low CPU activity for more than a certain times.

For the price, which some commented to be too much, take note that when you go to their Home Page, and click on the "Offer", there is a 40% discount coupon code for this and all their other products. That will make the price $15.

Reply   |   Comment by Andrew  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

There are so many thumbs down because this software is not needed by most people. I have never needed to shut down a PC when I am not there. When I am finished with it I turn it off. Perhaps there are a few people who leave their PC running a job and then to save electricity or something they want it to turn off when the job is finished. Most defraggers have an option to shut down the PC on completion. I will not be trying this software.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

so the developer should think if they are going to make it freeware than sell it because as we all know some freeware shutdowns are better. We welcome this software to be freeware in the future.

Reply   |   Comment by la  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-24)


*** TODAY ONLY *** Tomorrow I'll charge 29.999995 € (€ is better than $)

Manual #1
1. Open the Control Panel
2. Go to Power Management
3. Select mode
4. Open Advanced options for finer settings
Done in less 1 minute.

Manual #2 (XP, Vista, ...?)
1. Run "cmd" in Start menu/Execute (opens a Windows console)
2. Type POWERCFG /? for details on the command
3. Type SHUTDOWN /? for details on the command
4. Create a batch (using CHOICE for the various usages you'll need)
If administrative rights are required, then RUNAS (type runas /? for guidance on the command) can help.
For example, in the Execute window, type exactly (or copy) the following:
runas /noprofile /user:MYPC\administrator "cmd"
Before pressing <ENTER>, you'll have to change MYPC with the real name of the computer, translate the word "administrator" into your own language, and provide the password when asked for.

To some laptop users: the command "powercfg /h" (or /hibernate) creates or deletes the file 'hiberfil.sys'. Running this command for other purpose is wrong. But it is right if you want to run a thorough defragmentation on C:, and then create a non fragmented 'hiberfil.sys'.

Too basic or too complicated for you? AgataSoft ShutDown Pro is nothing less than a graphical interface for these commands. You don't have to be a "Pro" to do this, "Amateur" is enough. And for the "Amateur" willing to go "Pro": tools like AutoIt help create the very same software as today'GOTD (maybe/probably already done with it?).

You have the choice: Pay (when offered for free, you still pay, but the amount is 0) or Learn.

Reply   |   Comment by papin  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)

I need something to Start my computer automatically according to the schedule that I set.

Reply   |   Comment by Alaa Sadik  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Free alternative..

Airytec Switch Off (FREE for personal and educational use.)

Incl. Portable version (32-bit / 64-bit)
Incl. Remote capabilities

Reply   |   Comment by Bionic  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

Dudes...instead of writing BS (ie Windows already does that...what a joke...LOL!!)and rating GAOTDs like this according to your personal needs rather than to their real features, why not try them before judging them??

Are you afraid of messing up the registry of your PC??

OK...then....be smarter and use this magic free tool:


As for today's giveaway, I found it a very nice software with tons of Advanced options which cannot be easily found elsewhere....

For instance it can shut down your PC in case of low CPU usage when you are away from your keyboard (very useful feature if use a laptop powered by battery).

Can Windows do this via Prompt Command?? I don't think so....but maybe I'm wrong...who knows...LOL!!

With this tool you can also specify cleaning actions before turning off your PC, such as the deletion of the recycle Bin, temporary files, web browser cookies etc...

So why 88% THUMBS DOWN?? Because you read the first misleading comments posted above and you thought that this tool was not worth a try??

Come on....

Does this mean I would pay 25 bucks for a program like this??

Of course NOT....LOL!

* SCars
Highly customizable FREE APP designed to performs regular computer maintenance tasks, giving you the ability to remind absolutely anything (so not justhutting down your PC) at a specified time.



* Auto Shutdown

* Final Countdown

* (Portable) Wise Auto Shutdown

* PShutDown

* Easy Pro ShutDown

My 2 cents to above comments....

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+97)

I find that clicking on the little windows orb on the task bar and selecting shut down works just fine for me. My computer is on 24/7 anyways.

Reply   |   Comment by omgpop  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-39)

I installed the software. Nice and easy install because it uses an activate.exe file. The interface is pleasant and easy to use. I tried it and it works fine. I also think the price is a little high but if you need it, well you can get it here now. There may be free programs to do the things this one does but I am grateful for the publisher of this offer, AgataSoft, and to the GAOTD team.

Reply   |   Comment by dadams  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

Add (I can't see it from the screenshot or description):
- Message before shutdown event
- Wait for program(s) to close before shutdown event
- Run program before shutdown event

MZ Shutdown Scheduler does all I need (including above), although it doesn't offer a network option, & it's free in a single non-tabbed GUI (i.e. simpler), & it's free, unrestricted.

AgataSoft ShutDown Pro is a software which...
.. software is 'uncountable'. So you can't have 'a software' without another noun following.
AgataSoft ShutDown Pro is a program which...

That puts me off straight away..

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-24)

My personal recommendations (not a list from a search engine or softpedia - I run these programs every day)

Chameleon Shutdown (Freeware)

Smart Power (Free for personal use)

WakeupOnStandBy (Freeware)

Note: The last two (Smart Power and WakeupOnStandBy) I use for scheduling and managing the automated "Wake up" of PCs that are in Standby mode - allowing them to run administrative tasks unattended, and then return to standby mode.

If you are looking for something beyond the basic, or something that is quick and easy to use, the above provide the same or greater level of functionality.

Reply   |   Comment by BuBBy  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+93)

$24 is a bit much, but maybe if it was under $15 and cheaper than a electic timer it can may make sence.

Reply   |   Comment by Stortch  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-57)

open command prompt (as administrator) and type the following:

shutdown -i

This opens a little GUI to shut-down local and remote computers on your network, administrative rights required.

As previous poster said, you can also create a batch file and schedule using Windows scheduler. This software is a total waste of time and is nothing more then a rather ugly front-end for a feature that is already included in Windows.

Reply   |   Comment by KilluminatiStyle  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+92)

Unable to install.

Reply   |   Comment by Mr. Snoozles  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Why use a paid soft...der are a lot of freewares...
plus i can schedule a shutdown/restart using a bat files and windows scheduler!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Bhavya  –  4 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+86)
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