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SmartSleep 3.62 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — SmartSleep 3.62

SmartSleep is a utility for shutting down computer (or doing some other action) at specified time, with task scheduler.
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User rating: 232 29 comments

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SmartSleep is a utility for shutting down computer (or doing some other action) at specified time, with task scheduler. Supports: Shutdown, log off, hibernate, suspend, reboot, black screen, file execution, display message.

Key features:

  • Slow decrease of sound volume before shutdown - listen to music at evening
  • Timer with relative (12 minutes from now) and absolute (12:15:00) time setup
  • Powerful scheduling, operations can be performed at specific days of the week
  • Atomic clock synchronization
  • Display black screen while waiting for shutdown - save life of your monitor
  • Shutdown forcing - your PC will be shut down always!
  • Confirmation window with custom time out, no accidents!
  • Minimizing to SystemTray
  • ... and more!

System Requirements:

Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 (x32/x64)





File Size:

2.90 MB



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What's really needed is a shutdown in the event of CPU and/or HDD over temperature. Windows Vista problems often cause my laptop to get very hot. When this happens, the computer shuts down quite abruptly, i.e., crash.

It would make much more sense if a monitoring program would activate standby or hibernate in the event that the CPU and/or HDD were reaching too high a temperature. Standby makes more sense as hibernate can take too much time in Vi$ta -- time when the computer can overheat and crash. I don't believe SmartSleep 3.62 can do a temperature-triggered shutdown.

Does anyone know of a software that can shutdown at a preset temperature point? Have a most wonderful day.


Reply   |   Comment by Mr. Snoozles  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Great Program. I downloaded this last time it was offered. Does what it say it will do and more! worth the download. Makes task schedualing easy and I used it alot when I took my laptop camping and watched movies at night so when I fell a sleep it would shut down my computer.
Handy Util Thumbs up!

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Romano  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

The one I use, Dimio's dshutdown, is the best I've seen. Network use, hibernate (many seem to ignore this), can set more than one trigger at a time, can start other program on trigger, etc....
So it becomes more useful: Alert you after you've downloaded that massive .ISO; set your server to run a program.... the list goes on!
Thank you, Dimitrios Coutsoumbas!!

Reply   |   Comment by Hots  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)


The reason so many people give software like this a thumbs down without commenting on (or even trying) the software is to express their opinion of what is essentially useless software.

I'm not about to waste my bandwidth quota downloading a toy that largely does what windows already has the capacity to do and has had since last century. It's a waste of HDD space and resources and certainly not something anyone should feel the need to pay for. Being free doesn't make it better.

Thanks GAOTD but no thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Entruchio  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

You can already do this for free in all current versions of Windows. Go to task scheduler and add a task with the following command "shutdown -s -t 60" the system will shut down 60 seconds after it is run. If you want to give yourself the ability to abort the shutdown, create a shortcut with "shutdown -a" to abort the shutdown during that 60 second window.

Reply   |   Comment by wperry1  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

setup.exe = smartsleep setup
activate.exe = is the GAOTD date verifier & sets the license key into the Windows Registry

W7 x64

the program itself is essentially one file, only a few
hundred thousand bytes. installs into directory of
your choice.

setup also includes various VB/ActiveX files that get put
into the SYS directory (SysWOW64). versions look old.
don't know if that matters? could be 2.5-4.5 MB depending
on what is needed on a particular system

those VB/ActiveX files are needed, at least some of them.
the program will not run (successfully) without them

it does NOT use local time/date display settings. as
in 2:PM is 14:00:00 & date displays as MO.DA.YEAR, that
might be fine for some, but does not fly here

you cannot have multiple timers. so if you set your
music sleep timer, you cannot also have a 'time to
get up & put on the coffee' timer.

you can have multiple scheduled items, but there is
no way to set a decreasing sound volume in there

nor is there a way to say, decrease sound volume
slowly, & at some point close my media player, & then
put the computer into hibernation.

i suppose it does what it says (i didn't actually
try shutting down or anything like that), interface
is fine, & while it can do many things, it is more
difficult to get it to do many things in sequence.

for the price (giveaway) it can't be faulted, but
one must look at the alternatives mentioned before
deciding on this programs value

Reply   |   Comment by therube  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Didn't work at all, tried out all the various options and waited and waited and waited ... Think you get the picture. If I'd been stupid enough to pay $19.99 for this I would have been raging mad. UGI is very unfriendly and it couldn't sync clock. Another one for the trash can!

Reply   |   Comment by Snooze  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I have to open 3 programs to do my job. Will this launch them? They include Word and Excel.

Reply   |   Comment by Shel  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

A lot of the freeware alternatives seem to simply shut your computer down after so many hours and minutes, this program will schedule a task at a specific time.

For example, if you set your computer to run an anti-virus scan overnight, or disk defrag. Then it is easy to set any countdown timer to turn the computer off when it should have completed, as you will only do it once.

This program can schedule something at a SPECIFIC time, not after a certain length of time. So for example you do a back-up each evening or week, or use your computer to watch TV, hulu or whatever on as you go to sleep. You do not want to be setting a timer every night, especially if you are trying to go to sleep... So you set this timer to turn your computer off at say 1am every day when you will be alseep.

That is the difference between a countdown timer and an (absolute) timer. This is an absolute timer, which is much more rare. It also works quite well and I do like the slowly decreasing volume for those who use it to turn off after they have gone to sleep as sudden silence can disturb some people if they are not yet in deep sleep.

However, $20? No way... $10 MAXIMUM for such a program is all I would pay for it. I would also suggest a careful re-writing of your advertising to highlight the difference between your absolute timer program and a simple countdown timer which will need to be set to turn off after so many hours and minutes, rather than at a specific time of day.

Reply   |   Comment by TeeK  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)


For forced shutdown, I like the simple program from Karenware (Karen Ware, 1959-2010) Show Stopper. And I put the icon in the Start Menu for quick access and it has some of the regular features. The icon creation possiblity is helpful. Sometimes you do a reboot when the system is acting funny, and a quick find is helpful.

Chameleon is a good company, so their free one is interesting.

Dextronet Swift-to-Do is a classic, so I can see using this Smartsleep as the more robust attempt. It is a little funky to take the paid program for free when at most it is marginally better than many of the regular freeware in the category. However, since it is Dextronet, I can see it.

ActiveExit, ShowStopper, DShutdown, AutoLogon (SystInternals) and Slawdog and about five others all looked pretty good when I looked into this.

Steven Avery
Queens, NY

Reply   |   Comment by Steven Avery  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I downloaded this the last time GOTD offered it and have found it useful for shutting down after unattended programs have finished. GUI is adequate for what it does. Price is high, given the many similar free alternatives.

Reply   |   Comment by Len  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Ok, going into detail... One thing bugged me (and which I liked from today's giveaway)... This program has a volume control, which my other well-received program links do not offer...

So I went Google'n for a free program which could do this.

It was a HARD search ;p

This is what I found. Also some extra software lists which I considered valuable and some alarm tools that stood out to me...

Found here: http://lifehacker.com/5205373/sweet-dreams-gradually-lowers-your-system-volume-on-a-schedule

DOWNLOAD HERE: http://sweet-dreams.en.softonic.com/

Also, notice the following comment (copy pasted from lifehacker):
"Leandri @NaomiHelle
@NaomiHelle: Foobar2000 has an addon that let's you configure Foobar to do what you want on a schedule. I currently have it set as an alarm when I REALLY need to wake up on time, aka speakers blasting at 6 in the morning, and as a sleep timer, decreasing the volume in 5 minute increments until it mutes. Yes, it changes the system volume, not just Foobar's volume.
Using TaskScheduler and Foobar2000, this can all be completely automated. (auto wake computer from standby, auto start foobar2000, auto blast/mute music, auto reset volume, and even automate which playlist you use, since you probably have a different playlist for waking up and falling asleep) "

2. Goodnight Timer 1.0 (or 1.1)

Like "Sweet Dreams", but more limited (no hibernate, only shutdown PC or nothing). Does have a logarithmic vs linear volume leveler.

3. A nice collection: http://www.snapfiles.com/freeware/system/fwshutdown.html

Especially, notice the free Remote shutdown tools.

4. Very advanced Alarm clock. And with 'very' advanced, I mean: VERY advanced ;p
FROM: http://www.dodownload.com/os-utils/optimizer/sleep-moon-xpress.html
Download: http://www.reohix.com/sleepmoon.htm

Believe it or not you can also shutdown your computer with a clap, thanks to the Sound Sensitive Consoles mechanism built into Sleep Moon Xpress!



Reply   |   Comment by devnullius  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Good piece of software - does what is says on the tin.

So, todays' (SmartSleep) is a keeper for me !

I would not pay $19.95 for this .. though I would pay $10 (but as I got it for free today .. you just saved me some money!)

I often visit gaotd - and even when I don't download the featyred sorftware, I often get tips of free software that I would not have known about ... so thanks !!

Reply   |   Comment by TDCat  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

WindowsXP and above have synchronize internal clock to an unternet based atomic clock service as standard admitadly unless you're logged into a domain that synchronizes you to the domain controller time. Only supported Operating System that would not find the feature redundant is windows 2000 which very few people would still be using connected to the internet if they had any sense as it has most of the vulnerabilities XP has had over the past several years but is no longer supported by Microsofts current security update service.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Seems like a nice little utility, but maybe not worth $20 compared to free alternatives. It worked fine to hibernate the system in my test, but I didn't see the shutdown confirmation window that it's supposed to display. Also it seems to be missing one feature that I have used in the past: start shutdown timer of x minutes automatically on system startup. I set the BIOS alarm to automatically boot an unattended system once a day, then use a software shutdown timer to hibernate it again after it finishes its daily tasks. Looks like I would have to schedule a specific shutdown time with this package.

Reply   |   Comment by DVMarsh  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Freeware (modern!) recommendation follows...

This is too hard to find your way around for a function which is basically straightforward. Too many tabs, options in different dialogues in, yes, an old-style GUI.

(13) and those who offered freeware 'alternatives' - only freeware that offers a similar range of options is even worth comparing. Some of those mentioned aren't comparable. Some aren't compatible (probably) with current Windows editions.

So, here's one I found that does much of what this does, in a single neat-looking dialogue box, and more..

MZ Shutdown Scheduler.
(after time, on day, date, time)
In addition it can
- display a prompt and wait for confirmation
- force shutdown
- and/or wait for an existing program to close
- wait for CPU or RAM use lower than x
- skins, transparency, on top...

Ok, it doesn't offer a full schedule calendar, or atomic clock sync, or reduce the volume progressively. But actually, I don't need these..

This is a program it took me a while to find.. hope it's useful.

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

This program allows you to synchronize your computer clock which is useful if you use your computer as a TV and need the clock to be on time to catch the start of TV shows.

But it's main core is to do tasks that Windows already handles with it's own program. And even Windows will do the time synchronization. (Click on Date & Time and select the Internet Synchronization tab.) There just isn't anything here that would justify paying for something you already have. It is slightly easier to use than using the Windows features and would make a decent 99 cent utility but it's not worth $20. (Save your money and buy the Game GaotD, FarmScapes, instead.)

I tend to do things a little differently when I need to shut down. Using Wizmo and WinTV's IR Remote I can shut down the computer with a remote control. There is also a feature in Windows Media Center that allows this sort of control.

Reply   |   Comment by Patrick McNamara  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Apparently,this is NOT just a Shutdown tool- (Quoted,From Developers Website):-----"Unique functions and usability,

SmartSleep (the shutdown utility) have some really neat functions - you may display black screen during countdown so you can save life of your monitor. Another excellent feature is slow decrease of sound volume, so if you are listening to music before falling asleep, you will absolutely love this! It's very rare and original feature. With SmartSleep you may force all applications to quit during shutdown, even those which aren't responding, so it will turn off your PC always! Unlike in many other applications, you may also set-up date and seconds, so PC is turned off exactly when you want!

SmartSleep also have a clear and easy to use interface that supports minimizing to system tray. It can be launched automatically at system startup and remembers everything you set it too. You may set-up time by absolute time (16:30:26) or by relative time (12 minutes from now).

Shutdown scheduling is powerful, you may add unlimited tasks. Tasks can be performed once, every day, or on specified days (For example, only at: Monday and Thursday, only weekends, all days expect Friday etc). You may easily turn scheduling on/off in options and individual tasks can be turned on/off with checkboxes upon them. Shutdown scheduling is extremly useful. For example, you may set 'lunch reminder' to 12:00 every day expect weekend, start program to clear your system at Sunday 21:00 and turn off your computer at 22:00 every weekend. Automatically! As useful as it can be.

SmartSleep can launch any program before performing shutdown and wait specified amount of time. You can also launch internet links and shell commands. For example, you can launch shell command 'net' with parameters 'send /users ShuttingDown!!!' - this will send message to all users connected to your computer so they can disconnect.
What you can use SmartSleep for? Some examples!

To shutdown your PC when watching movies from bed (SmartSleep can also reduce the volume slowly and stop at selected limit)
To shutdown your PC after some long-standing operation
To fall asleep easily while listening to favourite music
For periodic reboot of server
"Lunch" notice followed by hibernation
To record late night radio
Tool for users who often forget to turn off the PC
To shutdown PC used by more users when it's no longer used
As alarm - launch WinAmp playlist at morning"------ (End Quote)-----------------So, their Statement of Launching Winamp Playlist @ Morning leads me to believe that it can be programmed to Also Automate "Wakeup" procedures,as well ???.......I have not downloaded Program,Yet,but will do so to try and Investigate Features...Sometimes, perhaps, a little deeper digging to ascertain everything a Program Is CAPABLE of being programmed to do...???

Reply   |   Comment by vanierstein  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

Similar software but with more choices is Marxio timer

Reply   |   Comment by Nitin  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

I wonder why all those programs is being made in the first place ? Windows 95/XP/7 have most of those functions build-in... All you can complain about is that they´re hidden in folders that most people never use...

Todays software is only a gadget for the office person, who like to turn the PC on/off all the time, instead of using the PC for it main task.

Reply   |   Comment by Trucker  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-25)

Read the key features in this page and click on see more ... You'll be taken to the developers page with the same key features and there the see more has no links ie, no more additional features

Reply   |   Comment by Stan  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Very nice and useful! Much more powerful than free alternatives that I was using but I'd never pay $20 for this.

Reply   |   Comment by rufus1000  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

19.99$ for this !!! I use a freeware chameleon shutdown manager (not just shutdown) and it rocks !!! http://www.chameleon-managers.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Kaustubh  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Yes nice soft, i found similar and free program: Easy Pro ShutDown 1.1, and it`s work great at: http://easy-pro-shutdown.en.softonic.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Ovidiu  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

And another LONG excellent list of freeware shutdown tools, here: http://www.freewarefiles.com/category_9_224.html

Again... Peace!


Reply   |   Comment by devnullius  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Vista x86, download & activation gave no problems.

The program does what it says: it helps you put your computer 'to sleep'.

'sleep' is defined as shutdown / log off / hibernate / .. / Execute File / Display Message.

Before you say: "I can do this with Windows Task Manager", the program offers one extra (handy) function: slowly decrease Volume.

The program also offers atomic clock synchronization.

All in all, the program does what it says: put your computer down when you want ;p

I would not pay money for it, but for now: it is a small download and it works as it should so I installed it (and I'll keep it).

Free alternatives:
http://cc.x2plastic.com/#download (Cl1ckClock Sleep Timer)
http://uniqdesignonline.blogspot.com/ (Final Countdown)
http://download.cnet.com/PC-SleepTimer/3000-2084_4-10804721.html (PC Sleeptimer)
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Clocks-Time-Management/Vista-Shutdown-Timer.shtml (Vista Shutdown Timer)
http://en.softonic.com/s/shutdown-timer-2.01 (Shutdown Timer)
http://ghack-soft.blogspot.com/p/ishutdown-timer.html (iShutdown Timer)
http://sourceforge.net/projects/e3mcwindowsshut/ (E3MC Windows Shutdown Timer)
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Launchers-Shutdown-Tools/Sam-Shutdown-Timer.shtml (Sam Shutdown Timer)
http://www.fileol.com/utilities/naveen.bz-shutdown-timer-2.1.html (Naveen.bz Shutdown Timer)
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Launchers-Shutdown-Tools/MADCrew-Software-and-Services-STimer.shtml (STimer)
http://download.cnet.com/LoadDown/3000-2084_4-10537094.html (LoadDown)
http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/download-free-ogtimer (OGtimer)

Free alternative with LAN (local network) support:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xpremotetimer/ (XP Remote Timer)

Mr LOL will, no doubtly, has many many many many more free alternatives. Check them out too! ; -)

Or do-it-yourself! https://encrypted.google.com/search?&q=free+sleep+timer+for+windows



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Reply   |   Comment by devnullius  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+98)

While it may seem a little overpriced for what it does, it does do what it says it does. As a give-away I recommend, but I wouldn't buy it personally.

Reply   |   Comment by Ink  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Quite nice utility,
We can shedule logoff.exe file in "Sheduled Tasks" in control panel..
Just double click on this file logges off windows..

Reply   |   Comment by CybExp  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-24)

This program has a few cleaver features but unfortunately none of the useful to me. I like the feature that turns the volume down before shutdown but I sleep in a different room on different floor. Also you can schedule operations with it but most programs that I use such as a backup program have a built in scheduler. Same with display messages.
The windows goes in hibernation without any help. It may be a good toy but it is not essential. May be other users have some ideas as how to benefit from this program
Thanks for the offer.

Reply   |   Comment by umaxy  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
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