Change the shut down default from restart to shut down

Posted on 2012-09-10
Last Modified: 2012-09-10

When I push the Shut Down button on my XP Pro the default choice is Restart.

Is there any way to change it to Shut Down?

Thanks in advanced
Question by:systemgruppen
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    Expert Comment

    Open the Control Panel and select "Power Options". Then under the "Advanced" tab you can set what should be done when you press the Power button.

    Author Comment

    The problem is that it is a XP Pro Embedded in a HP Compaq t5000, and the powercfg is very limited - actually there is only on option, and that is when the Monitor should go in Standby.
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    you can try to cahnge reg value (! backup registry before any change !), which in XP should be:
    Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
    Value: Shutdown Setting
    Type: REG_DWORD
    Radix: Hex
    Data: 00000002
    00000001 = Log Off
    00000002 = Shut Down
    00000004 = Restart
    00000010 = Stand By
    00000020 = Stand By (with wakeup events disabled)
    00000040 = Hibernate
    00000080 = Disconnect (only available in Terminal Services sessions)

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    or, what would be maybe better (no red edit, save one step) is to create shutdown button on desktop (right click on desktop>New>Shortcut>command with parameters>name it like you want>assign some icon to the shortcut). Command with parameters should be:
    %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -s -f -t 00
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    Expert Comment

    Then you probably can't change the settings. But maybe you could check for a firmware update from HP. Or ask HP whether there is a way of changing the setting.

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