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Kudos0

setting to shut down computer when running a weekly backup

I'm using Norton 360 on a Windows 7 (64 bit) machine. When I manually run a back up I have the option to have the "shut down computer upon completion." But when I look for settings to make the backup program shut down the computer when using the nonmanual method (set at weekly), I don't have that option. Why? And how can I fix this? I don't want my computer to run needlessly at night after the backup is done. Thanks very much.

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Kudos0

Re: setting to shut down computer when running a weekly backup

Hi Paul M Miller.

Welcome to the Norton Community Forums.

If it is set to run once a week I think it only runs if your machine is on.  So if you are using it and it starts running the backup then I think you will find that it still gives you the option to shut down when it has finished.

If you are not using the machine then presumably you have decided to leave it on for some reason and it might not be good for Norton to force a close.

If the machine is off when the scheduled backup is due then I think it will run at the next opportunity.

Does that help?

Mike
Kudos0

Re: setting to shut down computer when running a weekly backup

Hi Mike:

I appreciate your help. Just to clarify, I know that 360 won't run if the machine is off. What I'd hope to do was to be able to leave the computer on, and at 1 AM (after I'm most assuredly off the computer), have the program do the backup and then shut down.  I don't see an option on the screen to have it shut off the computer when I'm done, and it doesn't make sense that one would appear moments before the back up actually going to happen. But you're right when you say that "it might not be good for Norton to force a close."  Maybe that's why it's not listed as an option for the Weekly schedule.

I think what I may do is change the backup schedule to Automatic, which, if I understand the manual correctly, means that the program runs when the computer is on and I'm not using it, and so when I shut the computer off the backup process would just be on hold.

I'm not marking this problem as solved yet, though, in the hopes that I can still do what I'd most like to do with the program

Again, thanks!

Paul

Kudos0

Re: setting to shut down computer when running a weekly backup

Hello again Paul.

I think we can both see problems with Norton trying to implement a "shut off when finished" with either its scheduled or auto backups for the reasons we have discussed.  This is why I always use the manual option.

With auto I never know when it is going to happen and if I close the machine when it is running I would not be sure that it would necessarily pick up where it left off.  Probably it would, but I would always have that nagging doubt.  So the solution that seems best for me is to use manual.  What you could do is just set up a routine of say every Friday night when you are about to switch off the machine, tell Norton to run the backup and close the machine for you.  Then you know it is done and that there will be no clashes.

Whatever you choose.  Good luck.

Mike
Kudos0

Re: setting to shut down computer when running a weekly backup

Hi Mike:

I agree that manual is the way to go. I tried the automatic option last night, thinking that if I left the machine on and left it alone, it would perform a backup, but it didn't. :-(

Thanks again!

Paul

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