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Where does Windows 2000 store whether the last shutdown was a restart or shutdown (switch off)?

Windows 2000 Shutdown Dialog

Is this in the registry or somewhere else?

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After a bit of registry searching I came across the key that stores this info:


value Shutdown Setting

  • 0x2 = Shut down
    Ends the session and shuts down Windows 2000 so that the power can be turned off safely.

  • 0x4 = Restart
    Ends the session, shuts down Windows 2000, and starts Windows 2000 again.

This is documented fully on the Microsoft TechNet - Explorer Shutdown page.

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