Saturday, November 3, 2007

How to Create a Shutdown or Reboot Icon

Windows XP has a program called Shutdown.exe which allows you to easily create icons toshutdown or restart your computer.

To create a shutdown shortcut on the desktop:

01. Right click on an open area of the desktop
02. Select New / Shortcut
03. Enter in "shutdown -s -t 00" - no quotes
04. Press the Next button

For the name, enter in anything you like. I just use shutdown. Click on the Finish button.

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

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


-l - Logs off the current user, this is alsothe 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 thetime-out period.

-f - Forces running applications to close.
-m [\\ComputerName] - Specifies the computerthat you want to shut down.
-t xx - Sets the timer for system shutdown inxx seconds. The default is 20 seconds.
-c "message" - Specifies a message to bedisplayed in the Message area of the SystemShutdown window. You can use a maximum of 127characters. You must enclose the message inquotation marks.

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