Windows XP shutdown

Windows XP shutdown can be slow from time to time. Windows XP contains all kinds of internal mechanisms that sometimes deliberately slow down your machine. The functions Shutdown, Restart and Switch User illustrate this clearly.

What happens when you shutdown your computer ?

First you need to click the Start button, then click the shutdown button. Windows takes you to a dialog where you need to - again - click shutdown ...

... and it's only then that the waiting starts.

What a pain !

Only few people know that Windows XP offers a powerful alternative that does the shutdown job in half the time. There is a power-restart and a power-switch-user as well.

A Windows XP shutdown icon on your desktop

Now you have a new icon on your desktop. Let's customize it some more.

You are now ready to test your new Windows XP shutdown button. Make sure to close all applications and double-click your new icon to shutdown your computer.

Once the shutdown mechanism is started, there is only one way to stop your machine from going down. That's what the next part is all about.

An icon to stop the shutdown mechanism

Suppose that you double-click the power Windows XP shutdown icon and just a split second later you realize that there was one more thing you wanted to do before shutting down.

To create an anti-shutdown icon :

You know now how to choose a better looking icon.

An icon to restart your computer fast

Create a new icon like the previous ones, but type "shutdown -r -t 0" in the "location of the item" box.

An icon to switch user fast

If you have enabled the Windows XP feature "Fast User Switching", you can create an additional icon to switch user FAST.

This icon is so fast and handy and completely safe that I would recommend dragging it to your Quick Launch bar.

Click here if you don't know how to work with the Quick Launch toolbar. (opens a new window)


If you feel confident enough to try other possibilities of the shutdown command, try this :

Click your start button, then click "run", type "cmd" (without the quotes) and click ok
In the command window, type shutdown /help and hit the enter key

Amongst the list of shutdown options, you will even find shutdown parameters to shutdown or restart remote computers. Neat.

Feel free to learn more XP shutdown tips :

  1. Learn how to fix Windows XP slow shutdown
  2. Use a Windows Shutdown script to automate shutdown tasks
  3. Windows XP shutdown automatically ?
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