Using a shortcut to shutdown.exe to shutdown the computer

Discussion in 'Windows XP General' started by Bill in Co., Nov 18, 2009.

  1. Bill in Co.

    Bill in Co. Guest

    I've got a shortcut on the desktop to shutdown the computer (linked to
    shutdown.exe, as it's more convenient and simpler to use than the Start
    Menu), and it works pretty well, but something puzzles me.

    For some strange reason, it has been logging the shutdown process under the
    name "USER32" (in System Event Viewer), unlike anything else listed in
    there. Why isn't it under the normal ownership name of Service Control
    Manager like everything else?

    I think this "change" in "apparent ownership" happened some time ago (around
    9/14) when I was trying to clean up the Tray Notify Icon Streams and Past
    Icon Streams in the registry by deleting those two keys, so they'd get
    cleanly rebuilt on reboot. (thereby removing some of the old junk left in
    there from the past; doing so also removes past items from the Notification
    Area).

    Is there a way to change the shutdown ownership back to what I think its
    supposed to be (i.e, used to be as I recall), e.g: Service Control Manager,
    instead of this weird USER32 thing? I mean, I'm the only user and am
    automatically logged in as such, on this XP Home computer, so I don't think
    there should be a USER32 entry here.
     
    Bill in Co., Nov 18, 2009
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    Bill in Co. Guest

    Addended below with the actual desktop shortcut info to do this (shutdown
    XP).
    In case anyone wants to try it, you can create a WindowsXPShutdown shortcut
    on the desktop, and set its properties, as follows:

    Target: %windir%\system32\shutdown.exe -s -t 4
    Start in: %windir%

    This ends up giving a nice 4 sec delay before shutdown.

    If anyone tries it, I'd be interested in what the Event Viewer owner name
    is, as listed in the Event Viewer for this event (after you power up again).
    It's easy to find it there if you know the approx time you shut down the
    computer (just look in the System Event Viewer for it). TIA.
     
    Bill in Co., Nov 18, 2009
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    Gordon Guest

    How is Start-Turn off computer-shutdown "inconvenient"? Click click click -
    done. Three seconds.
     
    Gordon, Nov 18, 2009
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  4. Can't tell unless you post the exact command that your shortcut executes.
     
    Pegasus [MVP], Nov 18, 2009
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    dadiOH Guest

    My shortcut to shutdown logs as user32, always has. Doesn't bother me, I
    take it to mean "user of a 32 bit system".

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    dadiOH, Nov 18, 2009
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    Bob I Guest

    ALT+F4 then Enter. You can't get much faster.
     
    Bob I, Nov 18, 2009
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    Roy Smith Guest


    Better yet, just open power settings and on the advanced tab change the
    option for the power button to shut down. Then all you have to do is
    push the power button to turn off the PC. More intuitive IMHO.
     
    Roy Smith, Nov 18, 2009
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  8. Bill in Co.

    Bill in Co. Guest

    Already posted in my addended reply. Here it is again, Pegasus:

    WindowsXPShutdown shortcut properties, as follows:

    Target: %windir%\system32\shutdown.exe -s -t 4 (gives a 4 sec delay)
    Start in: %windir%
     
    Bill in Co., Nov 18, 2009
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    Bill in Co. Guest

    Then maybe I've misrembered it. In and of itself, admitedly it's no big
    deal.

    See, I originally noticed something seemed different, when often before it
    shut down, a short message would come up saying it was waiting for explorer
    to close (and then it shutdown). Why that happens I have no idea, since I
    didn't have a windows explorer window open at the time.

    Before I had made those previous changes I talked about, I didn't think that
    ever happened, so that's when I started looking into the Event Viewer thing
    more.

    Well anyways, have you ever seen that brief waiting for explorer to close
    message thing?
     
    Bill in Co., Nov 18, 2009
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    dadiOH Guest

    No. It has to be shut down though, window open or not, as it is always
    running.

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    dadiOH, Nov 18, 2009
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  11. Sorry, overlooked your appended reply. Anyway, I tend to go with dadiOH's
    assessment: Nothing much to worry about. If it was a big deal then I'd spend
    5 or 10 minutes testing it on my own machine but I don't quite see the
    point.
     
    Pegasus [MVP], Nov 18, 2009
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