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Lock, Log off, Restart, Shut Down, Switch User - Windows 8

  1. #21


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Derek, from where do these last 2 items in the context menu come from. I don't have those.

    I use the easy method. When I want to shut down, I shut the vBox down. I find it terrible that we need a tutorial (thank you Shawn) to shut the system down. Where is the progress.

    Hello Wolfgang,

    You can find them under either "Desktop Context menu", "Restart", and "Shut down" in the Seven Forums tutorial index.

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  2. #22


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7


    I know Shawn. That was not my point though. I think it is pathetic that they made is so confusing for a simple operation as shutdown, restart or sleep.
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  3. #23


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Oh, sorry. LOL

    Lack of sleep today is starting to get to me. Yeah, they did make it a bit harder by adding a few more clicks to get to them.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 67
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I have to agree, it is more steps to get to the shut down. I would be nice if we could configure the options under the User icon on the Start menu.

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  5. #25


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    I now use Win+I - then I have the Power Button. Then it is 2 clicks.
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  6. #26


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    Quote Originally Posted by gzt7d8 View Post
    I have to agree, it is more steps to get to the shut down. I would be nice if we could configure the options under the User icon on the Start menu.

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    Well, I suppose the next best thing for now if you like is to create any of the shortcuts from here, then pin them to the "Start" screen to make it easy to use them.
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  7. #27


    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    One more way to add them to the Taskbar with a new toolbar.

    The advantage to this is that you won't have the Shutdown, Restart, etc. button directly on the taskbar, which may be clicked accidentally.
    With a new toolbar it's two clicks away.
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    Similar to derekimo's context menu method posted previously.

    This may not be the best way, but will work until a better fix is available.
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  8. #28


    Watford
    Posts : 465
    Windows 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium/Win 8.1 in VBox


    You can also make a shortcut and pin it to the start menu.

    For Shutdown use shutdown -s -t 00
    For Restart use shutdown -r -t 00
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  9. #29


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    In the Consumer Preview, the shutdown command has a new option: /o

    In combination with the restart switch /r it apparently restarts the computer with advanced boot options menu, so it can save setting this up in Msconfig if you find it difficult to get to at boot-time with F8/Shift-F8.

    It would also be possible to create a Desktop or Metro shortcut for shutdown /r /o /p shutdown /r /o /t 00 if you are trying to sort out an awkward problem, and need to repeatedly alternate from normal to safe mode boots.

    Here is the full shutdown help:

    Code:
    C:\Windows\system32>shutdown
    Usage: shutdown [/i | /l | /s | /r | /g | /a | /p | /h | /e | /o] [/hybrid] [/f]
    
    
        [/m \\computer][/t xxx][/d [p|u:]xx:yy [/c "comment"]]
    
    
        No args    Display help. This is the same as typing /?.
        /?         Display help. This is the same as not typing any options.
        /i         Display the graphical user interface (GUI).
                   This must be the first option.
        /l         Log off. This cannot be used with /m or /d options.
        /s         Shutdown the computer.
        /r         Full shutdown and restart the computer.
        /g         Full shutdown and restart the computer. After the system is
                   rebooted, restart any registered applications.
        /a         Abort a system shutdown.
                   This can only be used during the time-out period.
        /p         Turn off the local computer with no time-out or warning.
                   Can be used with /d and /f options.
        /h         Hibernate the local computer.
                   Can be used with the /f option.
        /hybrid    Performs a hybrid shutdown of the computer.
                   Must be used with /s option.
        /e         Document the reason for an unexpected shutdown of a computer.
        /o         Go to the advanced boot options menu and restart the computer.
                   Must be used with /r option.
        /m \\computer Specify the target computer.
        /t xxx     Set the time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds.
                   The valid range is 0-315360000 (10 years), with a default of 30.
                   If the timeout period is greater than 0, the /f parameter is
                   implied.
        /c "comment" Comment on the reason for the restart or shutdown.
                   Maximum of 512 characters allowed.
        /f         Force running applications to close without forewarning users.
                   The /f parameter is implied when a value greater than 0 is
                   specified for the /t parameter.
        /d [p|u:]xx:yy  Provide the reason for the restart or shutdown.
                   p indicates that the restart or shutdown is planned.
                   u indicates that the reason is user defined.
                   If neither p nor u is specified the restart or shutdown is
                   unplanned.
                   xx is the major reason number (positive integer less than 256).
                   yy is the minor reason number (positive integer less than 65536).
    
    
    
    
    Reasons on this computer:
    (E = Expected U = Unexpected P = planned, C = customer defined)
    Type    Major   Minor   Title
    
    
     U      0       0       Other (Unplanned)
    E       0       0       Other (Unplanned)
    E P     0       0       Other (Planned)
     U      0       5       Other Failure: System Unresponsive
    E       1       1       Hardware: Maintenance (Unplanned)
    E P     1       1       Hardware: Maintenance (Planned)
    E       1       2       Hardware: Installation (Unplanned)
    E P     1       2       Hardware: Installation (Planned)
    E       2       2       Operating System: Recovery (Planned)
    E P     2       2       Operating System: Recovery (Planned)
      P     2       3       Operating System: Upgrade (Planned)
    E       2       4       Operating System: Reconfiguration (Unplanned)
    E P     2       4       Operating System: Reconfiguration (Planned)
      P     2       16      Operating System: Service pack (Planned)
            2       17      Operating System: Hot fix (Unplanned)
      P     2       17      Operating System: Hot fix (Planned)
            2       18      Operating System: Security fix (Unplanned)
      P     2       18      Operating System: Security fix (Planned)
    E       4       1       Application: Maintenance (Unplanned)
    E P     4       1       Application: Maintenance (Planned)
    E P     4       2       Application: Installation (Planned)
    E       4       5       Application: Unresponsive
    E       4       6       Application: Unstable
     U      5       15      System Failure: Stop error
     U      5       19      Security issue
    E       5       19      Security issue
    E P     5       19      Security issue
    E       5       20      Loss of network connectivity (Unplanned)
     U      6       11      Power Failure: Cord Unplugged
     U      6       12      Power Failure: Environment
      P     7       0       Legacy API shutdown
    Another update for the Consumer Preview Control Panel>Power Options>System Settings, Shutdown Settings...

    Turn on fast startup (recommended) replaces Turn on hybrid boot (recommended) and some explanatory text has changed:
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    I would guess that like on a Tablet, the power button is expected to be used to shut down in the way that the user configures, but in most cases, the hybrid boot fast startup would be the option for everyday use - and thus a single keypress. Other shutdown options can be configured for the power button if wished. Restarts are programmatically invoked following installations and updates, but are available from the power menu on the charms menu etc if needed for maintenance etc.

    In time, even the desktop may be largely gesture controlled, and I find the simplification of screen real estate is welcome. I can live with invisible buttons, as long as I know they are there, and searching directly by typing on a particular screen is great.

    To shut down by powering down the machine is a great no-no for Windows users - we must "always shut down Windows properly"since time immemorial - it is as great a paradigm shift as having to go to the start button to shut down in Windows 95, or to press Ctrl Alt Del to log on in Windows NT, which caused great consternation to users in their time, but as always, we get used to it.
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  10. #30


    Watford
    Posts : 465
    Windows 7 x64 SP1 Home Premium/Win 8.1 in VBox


    It would also be possible to create a Desktop or Metro shortcut for shutdown /r /o /p if you are trying to sort out an awkward problem, and need to repeatedly alternate from normal to safe mode boots.
    Thanks. It didn't work for me. I had to use shutdown /r /o /t 00​ which works great. Especially useful in a VM where timing the F8 is problematic.

    Startup Options Menu Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 30 Jan 2013 at 19:42. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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