Process of cleanly stopping the operating system so the system can be turned off

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End Program - WMS Idle

When I turn off my computer there is a dialog box that says End Program - WMS Idle. This appears everytime I turn my computer off...
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What is proxy_desktop?

When shutting down my computer running Windows XP Professional SP3, it sometimes gets stuck with a message window saying that Proxy_Desktop wasn't closing and if was it ok to kill it. If I would kill ...
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How to shutdown a computer instantly (1 to 5 secs)?

Is there any command / program via which I may shutdown my system instantly (1 to 5 secs)? Update (2015): Thank you to those who have suggested to turn off using the power socket. :D Update (2016): ...
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DWwin.exe DLL Initialization Failed during shutdown

I'm getting an error whenever I shut down the computer: dwwin.exe - DLL Initialization Failed The application failed to initialize because the window station is shutting down. A quick search ...
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Why does net rpc shutdown fail with the right credentials?

The command $ net rpc SHUTDOWN -f -I xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx -U uname%psswd Fails with the following errors: Could not connect to server xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx The username or password was not correct. ...
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How to remote shutdown a win XP machine from linux?

How do you remotely shutdown an XP host from a linux machine? I know that you can use shutdown /s /f /m \IP_GOES_HERE From windows, but how would you do that from linux? (wine does not port the ...
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How to shut down the computer without the update on Windows 7?

Sometimes when my Win 7 machine has programs that crashed, maybe Firefox, or IE, I would like to shut down the computer without installing any Windows update. That's because I worry that if IE or ...
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VMware stuck in shutting down Windows XP

I use VMware with Windows XP on MacBook and it is stuck on Windows Shutting down-and I can't do anything. Can anyone help?
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Can a power failure or forceful shutdown damage hardware?

Can computer hardware suffer damage from forceful shutdowns (holding the power button for five (5) seconds) or power failures? I believe that normal PC hardware does not suffer from this - after ...
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How to force a hard drive to shut down

I have a hard drive in my computer that I'm not using. I want Windows 7 to shut it down. I don't want to have to manually remove the cable. (The reason is that for some strange reason my computer ...
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Why does my CPU fan stop spinning after Windows Vista starts?

It is such a strange behaviour on my Acer Aspire 5720 system running Windows Vista Italian version. I have been using my laptop for a year and recently it often shuts down immediately without ...
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How to setup Kubuntu to hibernate when I press the power button on my laptop?

I'm using Kubuntu and expected something similar to Windows's Power Management applet in the Control Panel. I want my laptop to Hibernate when I press the power button, instead of doing it manually ...
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Is there a windows app or simple scripting way to persuade windows to shutdown after a process ends?

Can anyone suggest a way of asking Windows to shut down after it has finished doing something? For example it would be handy sometimes if burning a DVD or copying a lot of files to be able to set it ...
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Is there a way to shutdown the computer after defrag with the builtin Windows 7 defrag tool?

I don't like running defrag when I use the computer, so I want to start it before going to bed and let it do its work and have it shut down the computer when it's done. I haven't find an option for ...
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Graphical corruption during Linux startup and shutdown - should I be worried?

For the last month, when starting up or shutting down my laptop under Linux, I would get graphical corruption. Startup has an colour inverted, grainy rendition of what should be displayed while ...
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Random software/shutdown problems Mac mini

I have a Mac mini using OS X 10.5.8. Recently I've been having problems that are becoming increasingly severe. Particular symptoms: Firefox "quits" but the dot on the dock remains. If I try ...
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Shutdown without sudo user password in ubuntu

I'm setting up a minimalistic ubuntu based system with openbox as a window manager. Unlike the more full functioned window managers, there's no single click shutdown option. While i can shutdown using ...
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Windows XP shut down window very slow to appear

I click Start->Shut Down and the Shut Down window takes 5 minutes to appear. This problem doesn't happen after a fresh boot, it only happens after I have been logged on for awhile. I am using a ...
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How to get my HP computer to power off after shutting down Windows?

My HP d330 does not properly power down. After Vista shows the "Shutting down" message the screen goes black, but both HDD and power lights remain on. However, the keyboard LEDs don't work anymore ...
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Why does my laptop shut down on its own?

My laptop shuts down. It happened several times so far, and there is a pattern; after I leave it for an hour or so, power saving activates, and then I start using it again for 10 - 15 minutes when ...
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How to force a “do you really want to shutdown?” dialog in Windows 7?

Sometimes I want to choose "Logout current user", but then I hit "Shutdown" by accident. Nearly everywhere else Windows 7 is asking "do you really want to do this? Yes/No" - but that's not the case ...
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How to force a “confirm shutdown” in Windows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows7: Howto force a “do you really want to shutdown?” dialog Whenever I choose Shutdown from the Start Menu, Windows 7 begins shutting down immediately. ...
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Switch computer off automatically when the internet is disconnected

Is there any free software that will detect the status of internet and shutdown the system when the internet disconnects? Or (more generally) can something run a task when the internet disconnects, ...
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Use the command line (or python) to gradually shutdown a gui program

Is it possible to use the command line (or python) to gradually shutdown a gui program? For instance, would it be possible to gradually shutdown programs (such as pressing the X in the window, not ...
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why does “program not responding” freeze shut down on one machine but not on another? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: why does “program not responding” freeze shut down on one machine but not on another? I often get "program not responding" issue on my Windows XP Pro machines ...
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why does “program not responding” freeze shut down on one machine but not on another?

I often get "program not responding" issue on my Windows XP Pro machines during shut down. However, one machine just ignores it and shuts down. But the other essentially freezes until I manually say ...
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Computer won't stay powered up

I have just tried to turn my PC on this morning and it won't stay powered up. It will come on as normal for about 5 seconds, not quite long enough for the monitor to wake up. Then it will power off. ...
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Windows is shutting down screen takes a long 20 minutes

I have an old Windows XP Pro SP1 machine that is having a problem shutting down. In know that XP takes longer to shut down than to startup, but 20 minutes is a little excessive. It always does shut ...
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dell insiron 1525, restarting automatically. How to clean radiator?

my dell inspiron restarts without any reason. Only thing noticeable is fan, at its peaks before shut down. it looks like heat up issue due to clotted passageways, and if it is how can I clean up my ...
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Power cycles on/off 3 times before booting properly from cold start, no other issues (New System)

Relevant Specs: Sapphire 5850, core i7 920, Seasonic x750 power supply, ECS X58B-A2 mobo. From a cold boot, meaning all power totally disconnected at the wall, the system will power on for less than ...
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Windows 7, PC Shut Down when CPU is HOT!

Recently I installed a copy of Windows 7 Professional on my Acer 5735Z Laptop and when the CPU (Dual Core T3200) gets Hot the Laptop is Shutting Down. So my question is: Does Windows 7 has a ...
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Shutdown timer that turns off computer when playback ends

I wanted to know if there is a shutdown timer that will actually turn off your computer when it detects no more audio signals. Or if itunes/winamp reaches the end of the playlist. The timer must have ...
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Free auto shutdown for Windows Vista?

Is there any tool (free and virus free) that does an auto shutdown (force) for Windows Vista? I'm looking to play some songs while I go to sleep and after some time will need the system to shut down ...
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Xserve G5 mysteriously powering down - why?

We have an old Xserve dual G5 running Leopard client OS (don't ask). Recently - after a few weeks of happy serving - it has started to shutdown overnight. The "Energy Saver" settings have been set to ...
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My computer reboots when I tell it to shutdown

There are about 40 computers at work with this problem. They all have an ASUS P5KPL/1600 motherboard. They are all running SUSE Linux 11.1. When I tell the computer to shutdown either through the UI ...
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Unexpected shutdown due to overheating?

My computer shuts down during intense use of the processor, but the sensors show that temperature of CPU is less than 78oC. By intense use, I mean any of the following: playing games, ...
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What update was released to Windows XP SP3 this week that would take 15 minutes to install?

I've been very happy with my Windows XP SP3 box, but right now it is shutting down, and has been for 15 minutes, pausing while "Installing update 1 of 1..", this then changes to "Do not turn off or ...
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How to shut down a computer having a particular IP address?

If we have a collection of Windows and Linux computers on a LAN, is it possible to shutdown a computer having a specific IP address, using the Linux shell? Assume that I do not have ssh or telnet ...
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Why is my shutdown time so long?

Running windows XP SP2 I can be waiting for up to 5 minutes after hitting the shut-down button until the machine actually switches off. I have tried killing an non essential services/application ...
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Is it possible to find out when my computer crashed?

My XP machine mysteriously turned itself off last night. As far as I know, there's no cause, so I'm trying to track down when it happened so I can figure out what went wrong. I've followed the steps ...
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Samsung laptop randomly shuts down

I have a Samsung R560 laptop that is overheating, and shutting itself down under load consistently. Here are my load/idle temps from Speedfan: Ignore "Temp1 and Temp2", whatever sensors they are, ...
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What does Windows XP do at shutdown?

We've all had to wait for Windows to shut down, and some of us have to wait so long that we have to turn off the computer & turn it back on. Mine usually sits forever on "Windows is shutting ...
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How can I put the computer to sleep from Command Prompt/Run menu?

I know that almost everything on Windows, like opening any sort of application, can be done from the command prompt or from the Run menu. How can I put my computer to sleep or shut it down? What is ...
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What's the best way to convert this complex “takeown” command into a shutdown script?

I found this command here. The command is structured as a registry modification that will add a "Take Ownership" entry in the standard Windows Explorer file/directory context menu. I can see where ...
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Ubuntu (9.04) Shutdown oddity

I have this odd occurence with my laptop. Whenever I shut down o restart Ubuntu, after it shows the screen with the loading bar that moves backward I see a white-ish screen that is mostly lines and ...
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How do I shutdown Slitaz from terminal?

I have Slitaz installed on my home server and the only way of interfacing with it is through and SSH connection. I have tried shutdown -h now But it only tells me shutdown is not a command So I ...
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How do I troubleshoot a freeze during Windows shutdown?

I have a computer running Windows XP that is sometimes freezing during the shutdown process. The freeze occurs while the message "Windows is shutting down..." is displayed on screen, and happens ...
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External USB disk causing OS X shutdown to hang

I'm looking at an iMac running OS X 10.5.8 and it has an annoying problem. It has an external USB disk for Time Machine and it will normally shutdown okay. However if the machine has been asleep and ...
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Disable automatic termination of applications on shutdown

Is there any Windows XP alternative to Windows Vista's shutdown process which prompts the user whether to continue or cancel shutdown in case some programs contain an unsaved data?
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Windows XP suddenly shutdowns slowly after installing new hardware

I've been able to shut down my Windows XP x64 SP2 quite nicely in about 10-15 seconds, but after a "sweet" hardware failure and getting my CPU, motherboard and graphics card replaced and having ...