Shutdown In XP!
We've all noted the irony of having to click on Start to shut down. But you can
create a shortcut that will automatically shut down your PC, log you off, or
Right-click on the desktop and choose New | Shortcut. Browse to the file
C:\Windows\System32\Shutdown.exe, click Next, name the shortcut, and click
Finish. Now right-click on the new shortcut and choose Properties. In the Target
box, append the command line switch -l (to log off), -s (to shut down), or -r
If you also add the switch –t xx (where xx is a number of seconds), Shutdown.exe
will display a warning and countdown before activating. You can specify a
comment to be displayed with the warning by adding the switch -c "Your text".
The countdown behavior is particularly useful if the shutdown is launched
through the Scheduled Tasks applet. Once it's activated, the only way to stop
the program is to launch it again with the -a (for abort) switch on its command
line—you might create a separate Cancel Shutdown shortcut for that.
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