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SmartPower

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SmartPower's configurable hibernation rules can turn even home servers into green machines. Ignatu's free utility lets you create rules that wake your computer from hibernation at specific times, such as scheduled downloads or updates. Otherwise, SmartPower keeps the machine in power-saving hibernation mode. It's ideally suited for computers that would normally run 24-7 but really only need to be up and running at certain hours, such as your work PC or home server. SmartPower is compact and works as a Windows service in the background. Better yet, SmartPower is freeware, so it saves you money at both ends: up front and on your power bill!

If you've disabled hibernation in your system, you don't need to enable it before setting up SmartPower since the program will do that for you, as we discovered when we loaded the program on a test machine in which the hibernation service had been disabled. But if you're wondering where to start, there's no need to go poking about in the Control Panel; Start with your Start Menu, and click SmartPower Configuration to open a tabbed properties dialog. SmartPower actually offers two Power Off settings: Suspend and Shutdown; with an optional Grace Time we could set to delay the action by several minutes. SmartPower's tabs describe its features and functions clearly enough; each basically keeps the computer active under its rules, starting with the most basic, Schedules. Clicking "Add" or "Edit" produced a small tool that let us schedule Days and Times, as many as needed. The Users tab keeps the machine awake if there are any active users, while the Devices tab keeps things on if any devices are attached. Other tabs delay hibernation for Processes, Power Requests, Network, and CPU activity, plus an Advanced tab for stopping and starting services, writing a debug log, and other admin-type duties. If you need to turn SmartPower off, simply uncheck "Enable SmartPower."

As we expected, SmartPower did its thing without fanfare. But so does Windows, right? Not quite: It takes SmartPower to harness and extend the power-saving option to those computer species that ordinarily don't hibernate.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't Work with win 8"

    July 31, 2013  |   By seeking1124

    Version: SmartPower 1.5.2

    Pros

    There are no pros

    Cons

    It will not put my pc in or out of Hibernate

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Its a good product"

    July 18, 2013  |   By leeharbert

    Version: SmartPower 1.5.2

    Pros

    Not the best product and not the worse

    Cons

    took a long time to download.

    Summary

    No bugs and a good piece of software. Would recommend.

    Lee Harbert

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Better than a simple auto-off countdown timer"

    July 5, 2013  |   By Joe_the_Geek

    Version: SmartPower 1.5.2

    Pros

    An excellent alternative to auto-off programs. Configurable according to how your computer is operating. Can shut off computer by CPU threshold use, downloading activity, etc. Will leave computer on if certain programs or processes are running; you define what these are.

    Cons

    May be a bit more complicated to configure for those want something simpler. Software name could be better as people could easily overlook it.

    Summary

    I tried lots of "auto-off" PC programs, but they all essentially all did the same thing--turn off your computer at a set time. But what I needed was an auto shutdown program that was smart enough to shut down the computer *after* it was finished downloading a file or running a program such as a virus scan or graphics rendering program.

    SmartPower does all these things and much more. You can configure it in so many different ways that it's hard to believe that it's free. It's great when you have to leave your computer unattended to finish up what it needs to do, and know that it will shut down afterwards.

    Great!

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