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Creating a Shutdown Shortcut (TTID #316)

Author: TACKtech Team   Views: 361,352 /  Created: March 1, 2004
Shutdown.exe allows you to either restart or shut down your computer from a command prompt. Optionally, you can create a shortcut to shutdown.exe that is more accessible.

Formally only available in the Windows NT 4.0 Resource Kit and Windows 2000 Resource Kit, shutdown.exe is now included with Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

Right click on the Desktop.
Left click on New > Shortcut.

In the Type the location of the item: textbox enter
%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -s

The -s parameter is used to shut down the computer.

The following two parameters can be used with -s:
-f Forces running applications to close without warning.
-t xx Set timeout for shutdown to xx seconds.

The following command would shut down instantly.
%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -s -f -t 00

Click the Next > button.

In the Type a name for this shortcut: textbox enter
Shutdown My Computer (or some other name of your choice)

Click the Finish button.

For more information on shutdown.exe's options launch a command prompt and type shutdown /?


You Cannot Schedule a Windows XP-Based Computer to Shut Down and Restart by Using the AT Command with Shutdown.exe.
- View Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 814761

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