Windows XP Tips: Shutdown and Reboot in Style

Turning off or rebooting XP involves a several-step process: click the Start menu, choose Shut Down, and then select Shut Down or Restart. If you want, however, you can exit or reboot much more quickly, by creating a shortcut that enables one-click shutdowns. You can also use the shortcut to customize the shutdown or reboot for example,  by  displaying  a  specific  message  or  automatically  shutting  down  any programs that are running. 

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First, create a shortcut on your desktop by right-clicking the desktop, choosing New, and then choosing Shortcut. The Create Shortcut Wizard appears. In the box asking for the location of the shortcut, type shutdown. After you create the shortcut, double-clicking it will shut down your PC. 

But you can do much more with a shutdown shortcut than merely shut down your PC. You can add any combination of several switches to do extra duty, like this: shutdown -r -t 01 -c "Rebooting your PC" 

Double-clicking  that  shortcut  will  reboot  your  PC  after  a  one-second  delay  and display the message "Rebooting your PC." The shutdown command includes a variety of switches you can use to customize it.

Here are the ones I use for shutdowns and restarts:

Shutdown -s -t 03 -c "See you later!"  shutdown -r -t 03 -c "You can't get rid of me that quickly!"

You always have to turn from the CPU after running this command. (Same with AT and  ATX powered machines.) If  you want to turn down  power  of ATX  machine automatically,  run  the  following  commnd  "c:\windows\system32\tsshutdn.exe  00  / POWERDOWN / DELAY:00" This is used to turn off a server. Even though you don't have networked computers attached to your computer, this works.

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