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Old 03-21-2008, 09:01 AM
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Easiest way to have computer automatically reboot every other night

How can I set my computer to reboot at 2am every other night. I think this will solve a lot of problems.

Some mornings the cpu usage is at 15% and some mornings it is at 80% without anything tasks going running. A reboot always brings it back to 15%.

Does XP have a way of doing this or is there any free utility out there?
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Old 03-21-2008, 09:21 AM
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Re: Easiest way to have computer automatically reboot every other night

Go into task scheduler, schedule shutdown with reboot flag

I suggest doing a search for xp schedule shutdown, here is a simplified instruction

http://www.winxptutor.com/schsd.htm

An explanation of some of the flags, -r means reboot, -t 00 means time to reboot, 0 seconds, you can change this to a different value (I use 60, so if I am doing something and the shutdown command comes up, I can click cancel.

Basically, set to occur weekly, usually middle of the night. Other flags can tell it to force close of programs, how much time to give programs to close on their own, and I believe it automatically wakes the computer from standby to do this (my new machine has gotten reliable enough I don't do this anymore)

Try different settings see what works the best for you. Depending on your permissions you may have to give this an administrative password.
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:27 PM
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Re: Easiest way to have computer automatically reboot every other night

I'd take a closer look as to why the process is eating up more CPU time rather than a constant reboot. WinXP SP 2 and Server 2003 really come a long way from having to reboot them often.

I reboot my BeyondTV server on average once a month just for housekeeping purposes. Mostly to cure memory leak issues.

I do know virus scanners do have a nasty habit of eating up CPU resources.

Another thing too you can always restart a service to see if that clears it up.

Something to check.

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Re: Easiest way to have computer automatically reboot every other night

Taskmanager should keep track of which process is eating cpu, ideally I do not install av or firewalls on my htpc, I let the router run firwall and down't download on that machine. Solves most problems.
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Old 03-22-2008, 08:54 AM
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Re : Easiest way to have computer automatically reboot every other night

You could also use BTV-Negociator (link in my signature, version for BTV 4.8.1 in the development section) to schedule a guide update at 2 am, followed by a reboot. Before the reboot, it checks that you are not recording, watching LiveTV or things like that. OTOH, if you have something hung, I don't know if the reboot method I use would go through...
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