Sleepwalker: Windows shutdown just became more comfortable

Melanie Gross
Aug 7, 2012
Updated • Aug 7, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

Do you like to watch a movie or listen to music before you fall asleep at night? If you do, you have probably noticed that the PC is still on the next morning when you wake up. If you have been using a mobile computer on battery, you may even notice that it has run out of battery, and that you have to charge it first before you can use it as a mobile computer again.

Shutdown software like Sleepwalker, or the previously reviewed Shutdown Scheduler or Smart Shutdown, automate the shut down of the PC so that the device gets turned off automatically after a certain time or events.

Sleepwalker adds a number of options to the shutdown process: some automatic, some manual. As far as manual options go, you get access to new keyboard shortcuts that you can use for the following purposes:

  • Shutdown computer
  • Restart computer
  • Hibernate the PC
  • Log off user
  • Power down monitor
  • Run the screensaver

You can in addition configure the software to clean up temporary data when system state changes. While the offered options are not as extensive as those that programs like CCleaner offer, it lets you empty the Recycle Bin, clean several Internet Explorer specific settings and the Windows Pagefile. Plus, you can configure the program to overwrite the data securely so that it can't be recovered anymore at a later point in time.

The core features are however automatic.  One of the options that you have in this regard is to enable the program's idle shutdown feature. You basically configure the program to shut down the PC after it has been idle for a specific time.

You can alternatively configure timers that activate the desired action at a specific day and time. The following actions can be configured here:

  • Shutdown
  • Restart
  • Hibernate
  • Log off user
  • Turn off monitor
  • Run screensaver
  • Run a file

The action can be configured to run only once at a specific time of the current day, daily, only on weekends, or weekly at a specific day of the week.

Sleepwalker can be password protected to prevent other users from tampering with the program's configuration. You can additionally log events and enable sound notifications. in the program settings.

A right-click on the application's system tray icon provides access to the preferences and options to change the system's power state directly.

Sleepwalker is a comprehensive software for Windows users who like to improve the operating system's shutdown capabilities. (via Dottech)


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  1. L Olver said on August 22, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    ” Do you like to watch a movie or listen to music before you fall asleep at night? If you do, you have probably noticed that the PC is still on the next morning when you wake up.”
    This is EXACTLY what I need this for, THANK YOU!
    I DO run audio files at night to fall asleep to and have been randomly searching for a timer utility to shut my PC down to save energy AND mileage on my computer. Using hotkeys or, anything manual obviously doesn’t serve that purpose. I wasn’t finding anything that wasn’t bloated with all kinds of other stuff, including possible malwares. I just so happened to hear of this program while listening to a “How to ” program on “Stitcher Radio”.
    NUFF SAID! I love it, and THANKS!

  2. Krishna said on August 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    @ Anonymous:

    If the UPS has a USB port, you can automate the shutdown process using APC PowerChute software (when there is a power failure). Does your UPS have a USB port ? If yes, download the software from and see if it works. Mine does not have a USB port. Anyone who wants to buy a UPS must buy one which has a USB port. Software is available but UPS port is not.

  3. anonymous10e said on August 9, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Hello Martin ,
    can you tell me a tool that can shutdown my computer when electric line or AC power went off . and the computer runs in UPS battery .please leave a comment . than you.

    1. Krishna said on August 9, 2012 at 8:18 am

      APC or American Power Conversion offers you software which can do this with their UPS Pro. Check it at

      I could not find any free software which can do this. I live in a power challenged region of the world.

      1. Anonymous said on August 9, 2012 at 8:57 am

        Hello, I am using A UPS of microtek company . will that work on this ups ? if work please write the product url not the homepage and if you find a freeware in future . comment here plz. kindly can you tell me where do you live?

      2. Anonymous said on August 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

        Hello, I am using A UPS of microtek company . will that work on this ups ? and if you find a freeware in future . comment here plz. kindly can you tell me where do you live?

  4. Robert said on August 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Don’t sleep is a good program if you’re runnin a video conversion or running a full scan overnight, it will suspend the sleep or shutdown process untill the time you specify and will then either disable blocking or shutdown etc.

  5. Seban said on August 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I use TOff to hibernate my laptop when I watch a movie before falling asleep or listening to some music. There’s a possibility to run a program or file before shut down/going to sleep/hibernate. I use this to close the media player so that I won’t get a heart attack the next day when I boot and music or movie sounds start running again.

    Another nice software from the same author is WakeupOnStandBy, you can wake up your pc from stand by obviously but also from hibernation mode.

  6. Beach Bouy said on August 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Good post, Krishna.

    The shortest, most convenient method I know to put a Windows 7 computer in Shut down mode, or in Sleep/Hibernate mode, is with a short keystroke combination. It is convenient enough for me that I don’t have a need for auto timers.

    I use the following keystrokes anytime I’m going to be away from the computer for more than a few minutes:

    Sleep/Hibernate: Windows Key + Right-arrow + Right arrow + Enter

    Shut Down: Windows Key + Right-arrow + Enter

    Wa La! Just three keystrokes and the system is shutting down; four keystrokes and it’s going into Sleep mode, ready for a fast resume. It’s faster than grabbing the mouse and navigating to the Shut down or Sleep option I want.

    A clean setup that doesn’t have a ton of programs in the Boot up routine boots up and shuts down fairly quickly . So, while and auto timer certainly has it’s uses for some people, I have never felt the need to run one on my system. However, Sleep Walker looks like a very well thought out program with several convenient features. Great review!

  7. Krishna said on August 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    For shutdown Windows 7 Command Prompt is the best. There are two ways of going about it.

    Start > type: cmd.exe > type: shutdown -s -t 7200
    7200 is seconds. The system will shutdown in two hours. Seconds only.
    To cancel > type: shutdown -a
    -r to restart > -l to logoff > -e to hibernate

    Start > type: cmd.exe > rightclick > run as administrator
    type: at 06:00 shutdown -s
    This will shutdown the system at 6 AM. Change the time as you wish.
    type: at /d to delete the timer

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