By AOMEI / Last Updated August 15, 2016

The scenario

Hello, it there a way to shut down Windows 7 automatically after a backup is finished? I like to do my backup when I go to sleep, and don’t like the computer running so long after Windows 7 backup is complete. Is there a built-in feature or a third party backup software which can realize this?

The corresponding solution to the scenario

Unfortunately Windows 7 backup utility does not provides any features about automatic shutdown after Windows 7 backup. But you can create a schedule task to achieve your goal, you can try the following steps.

Method1. Set up automatic shutdown after Windows 7 backup with Windows built-in tool

Step1. Click Start and input Task Scheduler in the Search Bar of the Start Panel, then press enter.

Step2. Click Create basic task in the Action area. Enter a description for the task, and click Next.

Step3. Choose “When a specific event is logged” in the trigger screen, click Next.

Step4. Select Microsoft-Windows-Backup/Operational in drop down menu, choose Backup as the source.

Step5. Enter 4098 as the event ID, and click Next.

Step6. Select Start a program in the Action screen.

Step7. Input C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe in the blank before the Browse button.

Step8. Enter “/s” into the Arguments blank, click Next.

Step9. Click Finish.

Then you use the Windows built-in backup utility to complete the Windows 7 backup. Click Start→Control Panel→Backup and Restore→Create a system image, and then follow the steps in the wizard.

Tips: From what we have talked about, you can find it is so complex to set up automatic shutdown after Windows 7 backup. And you also can not ensure that either the backup or the shutdown will success for the Windows built-in tool’s defects.

Method 2. Automatic shutdown after Windows 7 backup using AOMEI Backupper

Since Windows built-in tool does not provide efficient backup and automatic shutdown service, we need to consider some other ways that can perfectly realize automatic shutdown after Windows 7 backup. What about a third party backup software? AOMEI Backupper is a backup software which offers powerful backup service, and what need to mentioned is that you can set up automatic shutdown in the last step of backup process. Besides, it is an easy to use software so that even a newbie can master the employ of it. And it surprises customers that AOMEI Backupper is free of charge.

Now I will show you how to create system backup to external hard drive and set up automatic shutdown after Windows 7 backup.

Step1. Download AOMEI Backupper, install it. Plug the external hard drive you used to store the backups. Launch AOMEI Backupper, click System Backup under the Backup option.

System Backup

Step2. It is default that backup system to external hard drive is backing up C drive to external hard drive.

Step3. Click Step2 to choose the external hard drive as the destination path of the system image. Here it is “F:\”.


Step4. Then click Start Backup to begin the perform, and in the left bottom of the system backup process, you can just check the On completion Shut down PC box to set up automatic shutdown after Windows 7 backup.


Summary: You can compare this two methods when realize automatic shutdown after Windows 7 backup. It is clear that the method 2 is more convenient and fast. Besides, from the difficult level of operation, AOMEI Backupper has better performance. All in all, AOMEI Backupper is the best choice to realize automatic shutdown after Windows 7 backup.