Sometimes you may want to schedule the PC shutdown, logoff, restart or any such activity with some conditions or multiple conditions. For instance, suppose you are downloading some huge file which will take some time and you want to go somewhere. So, in such scenario what you want is that the system should automatically shut down after the completion of that download. Today, we are going to discuss a utility which can help you in above mentioned scenario and can allow you to schedule any of the above mentioned and many more activities.
Chameleon Shutdown is a small, useful, easy to use and a freely available utility which allows users to Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, Hibernate, Lock and Log off their PC either at once, or according to some parameters, based on the needs and requirements of the user. It allows the user to define the action, edit conditions and when those conditions are met, the application will automatically perform the pre-defined action, which the user has already set and specified. Although, it allows you to set the required condition and activity and not only one, rather you can even set multiple conditions and use And/Or logical conditions for execution to shut down your computer. Along with all the above mentioned features, it also has a functionality to initiate force shutdown, whenever your PC is hanged due to some abnormal activity.
This application can be easily downloaded from the link given below and after running it you may observe that as soon as you start the application, the interface displays 7 buttons namely Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, Hibernate, Lock, Logoff and Options at the bottom, as shown in the below snapshot. Along with this you may also observe that as soon as you hover your mouse pointer over any of these button, it displays two options; Right Now and With Parameters which as the name indicates means, that whether you want to perform the operation right away or with some conditions and parameters.
So, as said for choosing and setting some conditions for shutdown or any other activity, you need to click on With Parameters option available on the interface. Then, it will show some of the conditions and you may choose any of the condition from Delay (to shutdown after some delay), Specific Time (to shutdown at a specified time), Idle Time (to shutdown if the PC is idle for a specified time), CPU Usage (to shutdown if the CPU usage remains below a particular percentage for a pre-defined amount of time) and Close of a Program (to shutdown after a particular program is closed), depending upon the needs and requirements. As shown in the snapshot, you can select the conditions available on the left pane and set the values which are available on the right pane. As discussed above, you may also select Force if Hung to force shutdown if your PC gets hanged. After configuring all these values, you just need to click Start.
One thing which must be noted here is that while installing this utility, the wizard requests you to fill out a survey, which can be ignored by clicking Cancel to complete installation. Chameleon Shutdown works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. So, just download it and try it out on your own.