Auto Shutdown, Sleep or Hibernate Computer when Overheated

Many of us sometimes face a problem where our computer shuts down all of a sudden, and you cannot figure out the cause. CPU overheating is one of the issues that can cause it. I did face it a few months back and had to replace the heat sink. In this post, I will show you can take preemptive measures to automatically shutdown, sleep or hibernate computer when overheated

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Auto Shutdown or put your computer to Sleep when OverHeated

While its always a good idea to replace hit sync or get the computer checked up if there is any hardware issue, till then, you can use the Core Temp software to monitor your CPU temperature. It can warn you, so you have enough time to save all your data and close running applications, especially anything related to video editing and image processing.

If the computer shuts down abruptly too often, then it may result in hardware corruption. Especially with your hard disk going corrupt.

CoreTemp is a free portable application that helps you in monitoring CPU temperature. It can also force it to either shut down or push it to sleep if the CPU temperature reaches a critical temperature.  You can configure the max temperature.

Enable Overheating protection

Configure to shutdown/hibernate/sleep in case of overheating of processors

Once you install the software, first make sure to configure it to start with Windows Startup. Next, click on Options > Overheat protection.

Configure the type of action

It will open the configuration windows. To enable, check the box which says, “Enable overheated protection.” Done that you have three options.

  • Take automatic action to shutdown/hibernate/sleep (only when a critical temperature is reached.
  • Activate at the specified temperature
  • Activate if TjMax is reached.

Manage Notifications

Get notification in the form of a Baloon popup or a Flash Core Temp at the taskbar. When you click on the notification panel, you should be able to see the temperature of individual cores.

You can also choose to execute a program when overheating occurs. Maybe you can launch a music file that can remind you of the alarming situation.

Shutdown Options

It is wise to add a timer to the shutdown. When you enable the shutdown option in case of overheating

  • Choose between Sleep, Hibernate or Powerdown
  • Add timer if you choose to shutdown

I would suggest adding one to two minutes. It will give you enough time to save your work, and close down intensive task which can lower the CPU temperature.

Apart from shutting down, you can also execute another program if you have, which can be useful in CPU cooling like increasing the Fan Speed to cool the CPU down or Process Tamer, which controls CPU usage. However, if the problem is dust, you should better call up your service guy to get it fixed or if you can do it manually using a brush.

Remotely Monitor Core temperature

During installation, you have the option to install server software. This software can help you monitor the temperature of the processor remotely. If there is a computer which remains mostly online, but away from your location, make use of this.

Download Core Temp | It works with all the processors which have implemented a “DTS” (Digital Thermal Sensor) in their products.


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