This simple application lets you specify the time to perform shutdown functions, and while it's not feature-rich, it is free of charge. Shutdown Delay has a small, nonresizable interface that's a bit cluttered but still fairly easy to follow. You can choose to shut down, log off, reboot, or lock your computer at intervals from one minute to 30 minutes. It doesn't, however, have an option to kick your system into Hibernate or Standby mode, which is a common feature in similar apps. Shutdown Delay performed effectively, but it only allows you to schedule shutdown operations for a single instance. Similar programs allow you to schedule operations on a daily or weekly basis. You can adjust transparency and set the program to stay on top of other apps, but Shutdown Delay doesn't offer a wide range of settings or options. If you're looking for a simple way to automate the shutdown process, this freeware might fit the bill, but we suspect most users will want a few more features than Shutdown Delay offers.
From The Tech Turf:
Shutdown Delay 2.1 allows you to schedule a shutdown, restart, log off, or system lock for any future date and time. Standard features include: four different optional notice boxes, always on top option, minimize to system tray, and transparency option. Net Framework 2.0 is available for free from Microsoft.
What's new in this version:
Version 188.8.131.52 is the first release of Shutdown Delay on CNET Download.com.