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XP Power Settings: "Shut down" option not available for "When I close the lid of my portable computer"

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Hi experts,

I have been building laptops using windows 2000.  These laptops power scope equipment that travel in a van which my companies engineers use for testing.  To make things simple I have configured the laptop to power up and login when you open the lid and power down when you close the lid.

I have just started using windows XP.  In the Power settings the "Shut down" option is not available for "When I close the lid of my portable computer."  This is an option which is available in 2000.

Does anyone know how I can do this in XP?

Much appreciated,
Jack.
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Hi jackallan,

Unfortunately, Windows XP just isn't built to do this. There may be alternative ways or programs, I'll search for you, but it doesn't look too good.

Regards,
Zyloch
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This page http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/kmarch/hh/kmarch/k102_db841434-fe00-448d-b5bb-2c35d1ad0ec4.xml.asp shows a kernel call that can detect the lid closing (a bit down, it's a Power State option). If you detect it, probably you can execute your own command, i.e. shutting down the computer.

I suggest possibly trying to post in the Programming section with the link. Maybe also try VB with this link: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;316440 (not sure if you can really do it with VB) or maybe in C++?

Regards...
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Hrm seems a bit extreme...  I'd like to avoid any development if possible.  Thanks though.
I wonder why Microsoft in its infinite wizdom chose to remove this feature?  
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You never know. Maybe they're afraid you'll lose some important document if you shutdown by accident--although Stand By kind of is the same thing, right?
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  You best option may be to enable Hibernation and set the Laptop to Hibernate
  when the lid is closed.  On the hibernation tab it says it says stores everything
  that was in memory to the hard disk and then shutsdown.
  Once you enable hibernation you will have the option to select it in the drop down
  box on When I close the lid of my computer.

  Good Luck.
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