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    Default Add an Icon to Shutdown PC

    I always shut my computers down when I'm not using them. It's not so much to save energy, but to save money. I think the current way of opening your Start menu to click the arrow and then "shutdown" is too long of a procedure just to shut the computer off. Many people, I'm sure just press the power button or leave it on all day.

    Here's an easy way to add a shutdown icon to your desktop in XP. Vista and Win 7.

    Right click the destop and select New



    Click "Shortcut"



    In the box type exactly with the spaces shown below:

    shutdown -s -t 00

    Hit Enter

    Next, name your shortcut. It will already say 'shutdown', but you can put whatever you choose.



    Then hit enter.

    It's time to customize your icon. Right-click the icon and choose "Properties", then select "Change Icon"



    On the next screen, just pick the one you want to use and select OK



    I chose to have the Alien head for my Alienware laptop



    From now on you can just double click to shutdown your PC. No more having to go through the start menu. Even my 2 year old has mastered it.

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    Default Re: Add an Icon to Shutdown PC

    you could just use the button on your keyboard or press Start, U, then U again, i think. im running vista, so theres no shutdown button anymore.

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    Default Re: Add an Icon to Shutdown PC

    Alt-F4 does it. Or, my Power button does it all

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    Default Re: Add an Icon to Shutdown PC

    thats a nifty little bit of info

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    Default Re: Add an Icon to Shutdown PC

    why would you wanna shutdown your system?

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    Default Re: Add an Icon to Shutdown PC

    I turn my computer on to use it, then turn it off. Anything else is a waste of electricity.
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    Default Re: Add an Icon to Shutdown PC

    and we all know wasting is bad. especially when you live cali and rolling blackouts are a threat during peak hours

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    Default Re: Add an Icon to Shutdown PC

    When I worked for Microsoft as a Windows 95 PRG Tech2 we all found it ironic that you had to click "Start" in order to STOP your machine.

    Another great shortcut opens explorer in the "C:\" drive rather than "My Computer".

    C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe /e,C:\
    Its my first icon on my quick launch bar.

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    AFAIK most computers these days perform the equivalent to start > shutdown by just pressing the power button

    I suspend my computer from a button on my keyboard, then to turn it back on, the power button or the suspend works again, boots up in 1/10th of the time, and doesnt close any of my apps (I still recommend saving first)...

    Which makes me wonder, what _Exactly_ does suspend do, it seems to shut down too fast to copy ram contents to the hard drive, and boots up even faster... So i'm guessing it just pumps power through the ram, but dont know for sure...

    If all else fails, hitting the suspend key on keyboards at school is always a fun past time to waste others time

    -Fragged

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    Default Re: Add an Icon to Shutdown PC

    Quote Originally Posted by AKA_RA
    and we all know wasting is bad. especially when you live cali and rolling blackouts are a threat during peak hours

    I have to say that during the rolling blackouts my house was never affected. Not once. However at work we were hit 3 times. After the first planned blackout, dozens of companies sued pg&e to get them to pre-announce blackout areas and times, since several companies lost 100's of thousands of dollars due to equipment failures caused by the rolling blackouts. In my lab alone I paid about $120,000 to replace parts that failed after the first loss of power.

    What I don't get though is that while intel, amd, mips, and sun, continue to lower the power requirements of thier chips, nvidia and ati's gpus continue to increase in power requirements, to the point of needing a 1kw psu for the next gen graphics cards. I recently read a report that the next gen cards will consume as much as 300 watts _each_! (x2 for sli...) This is up from around 120 watts each currently.

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