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    Shut down Shortcut - safe? (Home/SR2)

    Morning

    I read that using a shortcut to shut down can be dangerous because it may not allow for the complete closing of programs. Is this true, in your experience?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Shut down Shortcut - safe? (Home/SR2)

    Are you talking about a special utility to shut down your P C faster than normally? That could indeed cause damage - see the discussion in the thread starting at <post:=491,041>post 491,041</post:>.

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    Re: Shut down Shortcut - safe? (Home/SR2)

    Thanks, Hans. I will thinking of a Desktop shortcut, i.e.,: for shutdown, -s -t 0.

    I also seem to recall that changes made to the system would not be saved using the shortcut.....

    Curious

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    Re: Shut down Shortcut - safe? (Home/SR2)

    I'm sure someone else will be able to tell you.

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    Re: Shut down Shortcut - safe? (Home/SR2)

    <post:=491,490>post 491,490</post:> seems to confirm what I heard:
    "Your various settings may not get saved, Windows may not setup a last good environment in case you have a problem restarting and if you are using write caching on your disks (data not necessarily written to the hard disk WHEN you save it), you may lose something important or corrupt the disk. "

    Thanks for directing me to the posts.

    Curious

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    Re: Shut down Shortcut - safe? (Home/SR2)

    Hans is right when he cautions you to be wary of third party shutdown software. However, you seem to be referring to the Microsoft supplied Windows XP shutdown command. This can safely be used to shutdown or restart your computer. It is usually used in scripts, but can be used in a desktop shortcut.

    To do so, create a shortcut with the following in the Target box:

    %windir%System32shutdown.exe -s -t 0

    This will safely shutdown your computer.

    You can create another shortcut with the following in the Target box:

    %windir%System32shutdown.exe -r -t 0

    This will safely shutdown and restart your computer.

    For help with the shutdown command, open a CMD window and type shutdown /?
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    Re: Shut down Shortcut - safe? (Home/SR2)

    Paul -

    Thank you for your post.

    Curious

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