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

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Computer beeps once then shuts off

I have an XP machine. When you push the power button, it beeps, seems to boot up for anywhere from 1-5 seconds, then shuts off. Here's the curve ball: It randomly starts up correctly! Whenever I ...
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Shutdown and apply updates with OS X

Is it possible to shutdown + update the Mac ? It's annoying to wait for it to restart when I just want to click update and go home. I've seen this once on a MacBook and I can't find how to do it.
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Computer only works on its side

My Windows 7 computer started shutting down seemingly randomly recently. Basically, within a 10-120 seconds from hitting the power button, the computer just powers off as if I unplugged it. No BSOD, ...
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Quick Mac OS X shut-down icon

How would I create an icon on my Mac OS X desktop, to do a "shut down"? (With... or without... the "are you sure" verification.)
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Computer shuts down without warning

I have a problem with my Packard Bell EasyNote TS11HR laptop. Whenever I play any games, my computer just shuts down after 5mins playing. Without any warning at all. I already did some research on ...
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Can I unplug the power from a computer in standby mode?

I shutdown my PC by "standby mode" button instead "poweroff" button at windows xp. Thus all the coolers are disabled. Then I unplug and plug PC and turn on it. (The standby mode is broken) This ...
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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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Possible PSU Issue?

I have a computer that is about 4 years old and has an even older PSU. A few weeks ago, it started behaving strangely. The system seems to be running as normal in most cases- except when I fire up ...
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PC reboots instead of shutting down, no software problem. What could be the cause?

I have a PC here that prefers rebooting to shutting down. Every time I try to shut the PC down it reboots, however it is possible to turn the PC off by pressing the power button. The problem is not ...
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How to easily shutdown OSX

There are certain programs that I always run that interrupt the shutdown process. When I try to shut down my laptop a message pops up saying that a program interrupted the shutdown process, but when I ...
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Why does Windows hang (until I press and hold the power button) after issuing a software shut down/restart?

My server, which I built with some spare computer parts, does not power off after when I shut down from the OS. When I try to shut down, Windows closes all programs and goes through the shutdown ...
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How can I disable Shutdown Event Tracker in Windows Server 2008?

When I want shutdown Windows Server 2008, that ask some question about reason why I want shutdown Windows Server. How can I disable this stage (Event Tracker) in Windows Server 2008?
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Shut down Windows 8 from command line WITHOUT BANNER?

One can open the command line (cmd) and type shutdown -s -t 1200 to shut down Windows 8 in 1200 seconds. However, an ugly banner appears over the whole screen 10 minutes before the shutdown! Is ...
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Would I notice any difference from restart Windows via cmd and restart via Windows GUI?

I remote desktop my server computer a lot and I often use cmd to restart or shutdown the computer when it's needed. When in remote desktop you aren't allowed the option to restart unless you press Alt ...
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Computer suddenly shuts down

I've just moved in to a new apartment. I put my PC in the trunk of my car, and when I hooked everything up in my new place, the computer would shutdown on boot (usually after entering password on ...
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Is there a way to shutdown the computer when Dropbox finishes synching?

We are using Dropbox and sometimes put large files in it. And our connection is not fast enough. So we want the computer to shutdown when Dropbox finishes its work. Is there a way to do this? In ...
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How can I add a warning before I turn off my computer?

I want to use TeamViewer on my work PC to work from home when I need to. Being a creature of habit I'm afraid i'll click the shutdown button on the friday before the week-end when I need it the ...
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What could possibly cause my computer to power down at random times?

I have recently bought a new Power Supply and a new graphics card. My PC ran smoothly for a few months now but since a couple of days I'm having a strange problem. I am trying to isolate the problem ...
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Remote machine running XP won't shutdown, which processes should I kill and in what order?

Unable to restart or shutdown remote Windows XP using psshutdown or psexec/shutdown. I tried shutdown -s -t 0, but this failed. Pulling the power isn't an option as no one at machine to do this. I'm ...
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Why does my powershell startup/shutdown script execute from “C:\” but not from “C:\Program Files”

I have created a powershell script I would like run at shutdown, and when I add it using gpedit.msc it executes exactly the way I would like. However, I want to move it from C:\xyz.ps1 to C:\Program ...
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How can I install updates and shut down from the command line?

I know that there is a simple way to shutdown the computer in command prompt, but is it possible to do system updates and then shutdown the computer in command prompt? For example, when Vista needs ...
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Difference between Turning off a computer and Restarting it?

What is the difference between restarting the computer and turning it off and powering it on again?
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How do I make ESXi 5.0 to shutdown virtual machines when the physical power button is pushed?

I have a home NAS/DLNA server built out of an HP Micro Server with the HP branded VMware ESXi 5.0.0 build-623860 (free license) installed. Being a home media center I'd like it to be "manageable" by ...
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PC shut downs automatically after 10-20 second. No POST screen, no beeps

I have this not-so-old computer that's not being used for a year or so. Specs: Motherboard: ASUS PN5-E SLI CPU: Intel Core2Duo E4300 RAM:2x2GB SuperTalent DDR2-800 VGA: Zogis GeForce 7950GT PSU: ...
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Windows 7 low and critical battery levels cannot be set lower than 10%

How do I change the low and critical battery levels to below 10%? I understand that this is a reasonable limit for most portable computers, but what about those with large batteries? On my computer ...
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Developer is requesting that I symlink /sbin/shutdown to /bin/shutdown, why?

A developer who is build a bespoke system for my company is asking me to set the following symlink, and I'm not sure whether there is any point to this at all, and why the developer can't just change ...
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In Windows 7, how do I know when a computer is scheduled to be shutdown?

Say I use "shutdown -s -f -t 13600" to initiate a scheduled shutdown. In Windows XP, I would always see a dialogbox alerting me of the impending shutdown. In Windows 7 however it shows a popup in ...
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Windows 7 Shutdown Delay

I am experiencing an issue with Windows 7 Professional. The computer experiences some issues randomly (internet connectivity, slows down, etc). At this point I will try to shutdown the computer, ...
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Random desktop powerdowns - what else can I check?

My main PC, an 8-year old Dimension 2350, started powering down randomly today (as in monitor says "no signal" and all power is cut, and NOT the progressive Windows shutdown that happens you ...
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How to restrict use of a computer?

Suppose that some person is insomniac because of a bad habit of chatting on the IRC every night until 3AM. That completely ruins this person's life because he is unable to wake up on time to attend ...
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How can I disable Windows XP shutdown while still allowing log out/restart?

I want to disable the "shut down" option on a Windows XP machine whose case and power button is not easily accessible. Users must still be able to restart and logout, but not shut down. Is this ...
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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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Windows 8.1 randomly shuts self down

I have a 2011 iMac, and was having no problems using Bootcamp to dual boot the 8.1 dev preview and OSX. However after doing the update in the Windows Store to the release 8.1 version (after making ...
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Disable automatic shutdown on low power Win 8.1

I've been having problems since I upgraded to Windows 8.1. My battery has been having issues as its getting old, and it always says its at 0%, while in fact I can still use it for about 2 hours. This ...
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Can powering off a VM (without properly shutting down) harm the OS?

Powering down a physical PC can potentially cause issues, especially if the hard drive is being written to at the time. Can the same problem occur when I power off a VM in VirtualBox? Every time I ...
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Does shutdown /f allows applications to exit?

I would like to reboot a set of machines each night. If possible I want the applications to have time to cleanly exit. Will shutdown /f allow applications to exit and, if need be, kill them on a ...
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scheduled task shutdown on XP

I'm attempting to use a scheduled task to shut down my win XP PC. I get the error: Task Scheduler Error 0x80070005: Access is denied. I'm logged in with administrative privileges but am unsure why the ...
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Shutdown Windows 8 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I shutdown Windows 8? I haven't been able to find anything in the GUI of Windows 8 to shutdown the computer. So I have to open a Command Prompt and type ...
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Windows 8 doesn't shut down

I have Windows 8 Pro 64 bit and everything worked fine for 2 months, but now suddenly my PC doesn't want to shut down. I've tried restart, but nothing happens. When I log off and try to restart/shut ...
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Windows 7 takes forever to shut down

So. This problem occured on both mine, and my friend's PC. Our PCs differ pretty much (specs at bottom). Basically, it takes forever ... literally, OR really long to restart or shutdown. I have ...
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OSX Figure Out What Triggered a Shutdown

Is there a way to figure out what triggered a shutdown on OSX if the shutdown has been "blocked" by some application? I don't know what's causing my new Macbook Pro to random just want to shut off. ...
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How can I shutdown a Windows machine remotely from OS X?

I'm trying to shutdown a Windows machine remotely from within OS X. I've seen this a lot on Linux sites but it doesn't transfer over: net rpc shutdown -I xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx -U username%password I'm ...
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A keyboard shortcut for the “status menu” in GNOME 3

Is there a keyboard shortcut, or can a keyboard shortcut be defined, to open the GNOME 3 "status menu" (the one in the upper right corner with your name on it that you use to log out, restart or shut ...
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Laptop shuts down in an instant, no crash log, no overheating

My laptop just now shut down on its own. Not a regular shutdown, not even a bluescreen. It was like a regular PC without a UPS having its power cord janked out of the socket. I lifted the laptop to ...
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vs [Shutdown + Start] [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: how does reboot work ? WinXP: Difference between Log Off and Restart Is there any difference in the way restart and shutdown + start are handled by a machine? If it ...
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Mouse light doesn't turn off when computer is off

I've bought a Coolermaster devastator bundle with my new PC. When i shut down the computer, the light on the mouse never turns off. The keyboard lights are off. Both peripherals are plugged with USB. ...
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Odd Shut down issue

Whenever I shut down my computer by press power button or shutting down in Windows 8 my computer comes on by moving the mouse. I know it sounds like sleep mode but it's not. Just to make sure it ...
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Computer won't turn on

I moved my computer about a week ago, and I haven't plugged it in since… I see the power supply lit up, and the mobo is lit up as well, indicating power. However, when I press the button, the fan ...
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Trying to shutdown network computer

I currently have a Virtual Box VM with a bridged network. For testing purposes I have a Win7 Host & Guest. The host can see the guest and ping to it etc. But when running the command: shutdown ...
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How does XP Windows Updater work during shutdown?

On XP when Windows updates are ready to install, they run in a special UI during the shutdown process after all users have logged-out. How is this achieved? Does the CSRSS or other windows ...