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

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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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How do I shutdown Windows 8?

In previous versions of Windows, the shutdown options were in the Start menu. Where can these options be found now? The only options I can find on the Start screen are Lock and Sign Out, and at ...
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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 can I identify the culprit of my slow Windows shutdown?

My computer is taking a very long time to shutdown. How can I identify the culprit? I don't want to wait minutes for my computer to shutdown... Is there a program I can use to track how long it ...
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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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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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Is it still necessary to shut down computers?

Nowadays with our modern operating systems, is it necessary to fully shutdown computers instead of choosing to stand-by or hibernate computers (desktops and laptops)? Would there be any side-effects ...
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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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How to reboot/shutdown Windows 8 without the mouse?

Nowadays on Windows 7, if I have no mouse on my computer I just press Win Button+->+Enter: This makes my computer shutdown without needing to use a mouse. However, on Windows 8, I need the mouse to ...
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What damage will powering down instead of shutting down do?

What is it that Windows is doing when it shuts down? Assuming I've saved everything, what negative impact does powering down instead of shutting down properly have? We've all done it at some point ...
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Difference between shutting down and turning on vs. restart in Windows 8?

In Windows 8, is there a difference between: Shutting down my computer (inside W8) and then instantly turn it back on again vs. Restarting it from inside Windows 8 Edit: Talking about normal Windows ...
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Computer care: Hibernate, Sleep or Shut Down?

Which is the best for the "longevity" of your hardware, when done on a daily basis? Should I use sleep, hibernate or shut down? EDIT: As evident in some of the answers, the answer seems to vary by ...
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How can I replace function of shutdown button with hibernate?

I want my PC to hibernate when I press shutdown (exactly shutdown button) but I don't know how can I modify something like registry or group policy to achieve my goal. Is there any way to do that?
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Why does it sometimes take a long time for windows to shutdown?

I'm not sure if this is a programming question exactly, but it does affect my work quite a bit. I have a project I'm working on where a program has to perform certain tasks on startup. The project ...
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Are there downsides to Windows 8 Hybrid Shutdown?

Are there any downside to Windows 8 not doing a "full" shutdown? Would it be good practice to occasionally do a full shutdown to do a full system initialization at boot? If I'm already booting from ...
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Windows 7 is shutting down unexpectedly, according to the logs

Here's a message from my eventvwr EventLog (Windows Logs > System): The previous system shutdown at 11:51:15 AM on ‎7/‎29/‎2009 was unexpected. This is funny because I was wondering why the system ...
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Can I replace the Shutdown button in Windows 7?

Can I change the Shutdown button to another one, like "Switch User"? I would like the default accessible action / button to be switch user, and shutdown should still be available via the same menu ...
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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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Hybrid Shutdown in Windows 8

Referring to this article published September 8, 2011, it gives instructions on how to to do a full (non-hybrid) shutdown in Windows 8 from the command line. We have an option in the UI to revert ...
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My colleague often shuts down my machine through the LAN - how do I prevent it?

This might sound weird. My colleague and I were working on a Windows machine. He frequently shuts it down through the LAN. He usually follows these steps: Access command prompt, enter shutdown -i. ...
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How can I shut down the PC after specified amount of time?

How would you go about turning you computer after a specified amount of time? I listen music before I go to sleep and would like to be able to shutdown my computer after a specified amount of time. ...
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How to make Outlook 2010 not warn on empty subject?

I'm using the beta of Outlook 2010, and am wondering how I can set it to STOP warning me on empty subject lines. My family and friends (as opposed to work) I generally send with no subject, and it is ...
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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 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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Shutdown whole network computers [closed]

Imagine you have network with about 70 computers which work with none-administrator users. What I need is to shutdown whole network or group of computers at once from one computer. I actually found ...
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Is a hard shutdown harmful to computer hardware? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can a power failure or forceful shutdown damage hardware? If I switch off my computer pressing the power button for five (5) seconds, can I break any of the components, ...
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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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Windows 7 power button reverts from “sleep” to “shut down” after re-boot

I want the power button on my Windows 7 desktop to put the system to sleep. I can instruct Windows 7 to do this via the Control Panel, and this works, but every time I re-boot, the setting reverts ...
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How can I automatically let my Windows boot and shutdown?

I want my PC to boot at 9am and shutdown at 10pm every day, is there a way to do that on Windows? Of course maybe don't go off completely, but hibernate or something like that.
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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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How to create a script to disable the shutdown button on Windows 7

I want to create a script in command prompt that will permanently remove a user's right to shutdown a machine. I've done it before, but in Windows XP, and many years ago, and I think I did it in Group ...
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Shutdown Windows machine remotely without telnet/ssh

I have been trying to shutdown a remote XP machine but cannot get it to budge. I did the following on the Windows box: Ensured no firewall Started Remote Registry Editing service Shared a network ...
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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 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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The computer isn't completely turned-off when clicking “Shut Down” in Windows 7?

Until recently I used Windows Vista on my computer. Now I have installed Windows 7. But when I choose shut-down in Windows, the computer isn't turned-off at 100%. The disks are turned off, but CPU-fan ...
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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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How do I shutdown a computer on my network?

I want to shutdown a computer on my network at home. When I try the usual 'shutdown' command, I get the 'Access denied (5)' message. In what way must my computer be connected with the other computer ...
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Laptop autoshutdown problem?

My notebook goes off randomly after some time without displaying any warning, error or blue screen. I have re-installed my Vista couple of times, but while re-installing this problem occurs most of ...
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Windows 7 shutdown/restart/logout dialog

On Windows XP I had it set so that when I pressed the power button it would ask me if I wanted to shut down, restart, stand by or log out. This does not appear to be an option in Windows 7. Is there ...
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Why does my computer shut down when I login with TightVNC or LogMeIn?

Whenever I try to remote control a computer at home from my office, it always shuts down automatically for no reason. I normally use VNC or LogMeIn for remote control of the home computer, which has ...
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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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How does the computer know that the PC was not properly shut down?

Actually, this question struck me because of power cuts in my house. When there is a power cut, there is a sudden loss of power from the computer. How does the computer know that the shutdown was ...
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How do I log startup and shut-down times in Windows 7?

I'd like to log the times when my computer starts up and shuts down. I don't need any diagnostic info or anything, just a simple note of the date and time, e.g. something like: 2011/04/29 08:17:34 AM ...
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Can PSU cause my PC to reboot?

I'm having an issue with my PC: It is rebooting sometimes, and I am suspecting the PSU, so I want to confirm a few things. It is a new PC and the first issues started occuring roughly one month after ...
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How do I enable reboot in Windows 7 for Remote Desktop sessions?

I see that I lack the choice to reboot/shut down via the start menu when logged into Windows 7 via Remote Desktop, whereas it is present in Windows Server 2008 R2. Is there some setting in Windows 7 ...
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Difference between shutdown ( power off ) and restart ( reboot )

What is Difference between shutdown (power off) and restart (reboot) ? What type of signals passing at time of reboot and poweroff, to where ? What is difference between these two signals ? At ...
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Ubuntu: Take actions when system temperature gets too high

One of the CPU fans on my Compaq Presario laptop running Ubuntu 9.10 seems to have bit the dust. The fan is deep within the case and I intend to replace the laptop in the next 6 months so it's not ...
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How can I add the option to install updates and restart in Windows 7?

I can't believe this has not been asked, but I couldn't find the question... When Windows downloads updates I get the option on the shut down menu to: Install updates and shutdown Shutdown Restart ...
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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: is it possible to log startup and shutdown times in the system event log?

Is it possible to log startup and shutdown times in Windows XP? I mean logging these events in the system event log. For example I can hack a jscript like this // this is log_startup.js var shell = ...