Thursday, July 24, 2008

Creating a Shutdown/Reboot Icon

WindowsXP has a program called SHUTDOWN.EXE which allows you to easily create icons to shutdown or restart your computer.

To create a shutdown shortcut on the desktop:

1.Right click on an open area of the desktop
2.Select New / Shortcut
3.Enter in "shutdown -s -t 00" - no quotes
4.Press the Next button
5.For the name, enter in anything you like. I just use shutdown. Click on the Finish button.

For a reboot, enter "shutdown -r -t 00"

Shutdown [{-l|-s|-r|-a}] [-f] [-m [\\ComputerName]] [-t xx] [-c "message"] [-d[p]:xx:yy]


>-l - Logs off the current user, this is also the defualt. -m ComputerName takes precedence.
>-s - Shuts down the local computer.
>-r - Reboots after shutdown.
>-a - Aborts shutdown. Ignores other parameters, except -l and ComputerName. You can only use -a during the time-out period.
>-f - Forces running applications to close.
>-m [\\ComputerName] - Specifies the computer that you want to shut down.
>-t xx - Sets the timer for system shutdown in xx seconds. The default is 20 seconds.
>-c "message" - Specifies a message to be displayed in the Message area of the System Shutdown window. You can use a maximum of 127 characters. You must enclose the message in quotation marks.

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