The Ultimate Windows Shutdown Application

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 20, 2008
Updated • Oct 19, 2018
Software, Windows

I have never seen that many shutdown options in my life. That was my first thought when I saw a screenshot of Dshutdown, a software created by the Italian programmer Dimio. It offers normal shutdown options like shutting the PC down at a specific time or when a program is closed, and basically all the standard shutdown options that you get when you want to shut down the system or use third party applications that let you change a system's power state.

What about shutting down a computer when a pixel changes its color, if the user is inactive for a certain amount of time, shutting down when a shutdown request has been intercepted, if a upload, download speed is reached or a process is using more or less than a specified amount of CPU usage.

You may ask yourself why a shutdown program would intercept a shutdown request. It's pretty easy to explain, DShutdown allows to configure customized shutdowns. It is for instance possible to execute a program, backup or run a temp file clearer for instance, before shutting down. Users can define the type of shutdown as well:  do you want to go into hibernation, power off, log off for instance or write a log file.

So, whenever a shut down is initiated by a third party program or the user, DShutdown will automatically intervene and run the configured actions before the system changes its power state.

It is furthermore possible to remotely shutdown computers, this means that you can shutdown more than one computer if one of them receives a shutdown command. Awesome software, 200 Kilobyte, no installation needed.

To download the program scroll down on the website of the developer until you find the program's entry there. Note that it is listed as compatible with Vista or earlier versions of Windows only. It should run fine on newer versions of Windows as well.

Dshutdown Review

You run DShutdown right away: the program does not need to be installed and all you have to do is extract the archive it is provided in on your device to run it. The program displays all of its options on a single page; the sheer number may confuse some users but all is positioned well and it should not take more than a minute or two to take it all in and get accustomed to the settings, switches, toggles, and fields the program supports.

The left sidebar displays all available shutdown types which you may combine as you see fit. You could for instance select Save Screenshot, Close a program, and Start a program to run these operations when certain criteria are met.

Next up are the shutdown options. These are listed in the sidebar and the main interface. You could set a timer to run the tasks at a specific time or after a certain amount of time has passed.

You could also configure it to run the tasks on inactivity, when a program is closed, or on certain Internet related criteria such as download speed dropping below a threshold, when Internet traffic exceeds a limit, or when the PC goes offline.

Another shutdown option is to run the operation when CPU usage of the system or individual processes is higher or less than a given percentage.

DShutdown supports local and remote shutdown operations which means that you can shut down remote devices in the same network.

Closing Words and verdict

DShutdown is a powerful program to automate certain shutdown related tasks on Windows devices. The sheer number of options may be intimidating at first but it is relatively easy to configure an operation.

The program supports a number of unique options such as the ability to intercept system shutdowns to run the user configured options prior to that.

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  1. Anonymous said on March 9, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    Does it come back after every “moment” update?

  2. Baloney said on March 9, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    Yeah right.. Like this is going to stop defender from running =) This is comedy gold right here.

  3. Anonymous said on March 9, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    no ‘about the author’ paragraph?

  4. Gregory said on March 9, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    For permanent disable defender is if removed complete from system no just change permission folder.

    Just this is joke.

  5. moi said on March 9, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    simpler, load Autoruns (SysInternals)
    – filter “Defender”
    – untag all entries
    – reboot
    nothing has changed since my 1st modification years ago

  6. John G. said on March 9, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    I wouldn’t disable Defender imho, it has too many hidden roots inside Windows itself. One time I tried to uninstall it using brute force scripts and then the Onedrive feature stopped working definitely. A reinstallation was needed and since those times I prefer to maintain Defender untouched. It’s a better method to install another antivirus and it will disable Defender in a safer and easier mode (e.g., Avast is the best in this way, and also Panda Cloud Free is good too).

  7. boris said on March 10, 2023 at 12:19 am

    You can not stop defender from running in background or remove it without some penalty. All you can do is to limit telemetry.

    1. TelV said on March 10, 2023 at 4:52 pm


      It’s probably Smartscreen which is preventing WD from being disabled. Get rid of that and the problem should be solved:

  8. hoho said on March 10, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    Remove Windows and go for Linux.

    1. basingstoke said on March 10, 2023 at 2:51 pm

      Linux sucks dude. Besides it’s not comparable to Windows, these OSes are in different classes entirely.

      1. Derp said on March 10, 2023 at 4:36 pm

        I use Linux as my daily driver. It’s far more stable than Windows. When’s the last time you used Linux, 2010?

      2. Bromosexual said on March 11, 2023 at 2:04 am


        You’re right, dude. Bro, linux is just a bunch of code that starts before the OS, dude. Brobrodude, that shit ain’t even got emojis, dudebrodudeman! Dudebro, it’s no way near as cool as Windows with its hardcoded abilities to make money off the user, bro. Yo brodude man, you’re the coolest dude ever man, bro. Dude.

      3. basingstoke said on August 16, 2023 at 7:20 pm

        Lol what? Windows 7 doesn’t come with any Emojis

  9. TelV said on March 10, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Download Autoruns and remove the checkmark from Windows Defender. It doesn’t remove it, but it will never run.

  10. Simon said on March 10, 2023 at 8:37 pm

    Just use “Defender Control”:

    Per this video,
    it also works on Windows 11 too…

  11. Someone said on March 10, 2023 at 9:26 pm

    Win Defender, is completly the most succesful free-built in antivirus of Microsoft. Really nice product. Saved my ass a lot of times. Has updated malware database, completly strong defence
    from whatever smart screen disables. Or if you want better and more upgrated (paid) program,
    you can go further. But defender is always on your side.

  12. CalixtoWVR1 said on March 10, 2023 at 10:03 pm

    Why would one disable Windows (or Microsoft) Defender in the first place?. I consider this to be playing with fire big time. Everybody knows that if one is using another A-V, Defender will be disabled on its own and won’t be in one’s way.

  13. Ed D said on March 10, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    Why would I want to disable Windows Defender in the first place? It’s a great anti virus in my opinion. Been using it since Windows 8 and and never had a problem or a virus. Why mess with a good thing, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  14. owl said on August 17, 2023 at 1:57 am

    How a ridiculous article!
    I am thoroughly stunned.

    Why Should You Disable First-Party Windows Defender?
    I can only think that it is “malice or perversely intention (want you to buy a third-party AV where you can expect a back margin)” to guide invalidation without showing the premise.
    No sane company will use third-party closed source programs (such as AV).

    As I thought, “Ghacks Technology News” seems to be coming to downfall.

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