ShutDown Icon on Desktop

Creating a Shutdown OR Reboot Icon WindowsXP has a program called SHUTDOWN.EXE which allows you to easily create icons to shutdown or restart your computer. To create a shutdown shortcut on the desktop:

  1. Right click on an open area of the desktop
  2. Select New / Shortcut
  3. Enter in “shutdown -s -t 00” – (no quotes)
  4. Press the Next button
  5. For the name, enter in anything you like. I just use shutdown. Click the Finish button.
  6. For a reboot, enter “shutdown -r -t 00”

Shutdown [{-l|-s|-r|-a}] [-f] [-m [\ComputerName]] [-t xx] [-c “message”] [-d[u][p]:xx:yy] Parameters:

  • -l – Logs off the current user, this is also the defualt. -m ComputerName takes precedence.
  • -s – Shuts down the local computer.
  • -r – Reboots after shutdown.
  • -a – Aborts shutdown. Ignores other parameters, except -l and ComputerName. You can only use -a during the time-out period.
  • -f – Forces running applications to close.
  • -m [\ComputerName] – Specifies the computer that you want to shut down.
  • -t xx – Sets the timer for system shutdown in xx seconds. The default is 20 seconds.
  • -c “message” – Specifies a message to be displayed in the Message area of the System Shutdown window. You can use a maximum of 127 characters. You must enclose the message in quotation marks.

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