Thursday, December 25, 2008

Shutting Down Xp In Different Ways

I really am not sure if are aware of the various ways to shut down your Windows XP computer. I just thought I would share a few. Feel free to add if I left any.

  1. The standard approach - Click the Start Button with your mouse (obvious eh?), then select the Turn Off menu and finally click the Turn Off icon on the Turn Off computer dialog.
  2. Press CTRL+ESC key or the Win key and press u two times - the fastest approach.
  3. Get the Shutdown utility from - It add the shut down shortcuts for you. Else create them yourself using approach 4 (the one mentioned below).
  4. Create a shutdown shortcut on your desktop by a Right click on the desktop, choose New Shortcut and type shutdown -s -t 00 in the area where you are asked to specify the location of the program file. Now you can just double click this icon to turn off the computer. The best location would be your quick launch bar.
  5. Press the WIN key + R key to open the run window. Type shutdown -s -t 00. [s means shutdown while t means the duration after which you want to initiate the shutdown process].If some open processes or application won't let you turn off, append a -f switch to force a shut down by closing all active processes.
  6. WIN key+M to minimize all windows and then ALT+F4 to bring the Turn Off computer dialog.
  7. Open Windows Task manager (by right clicking the Windows Task bar or ALT+CTRL+DEL) and choose Shut down from the menu. Useful when the Windows are not responding.
  8. Open Task Manager, Click on the Shutdown menu, hold the CTRL key and Click on Turn-Off. Your PC will be turned off in 3 secs. This is the fastest method than hard shutdown.
Which one do you think you are going to use then? :)