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Hey guys

Ok, I got a quick and hopefully easy 500 points for someone.  I have a customer who wants to make the power button (the physical one) do a graceful reboot instead of graceful shutdown when he presses it briefly.

Is there a powertool for that or some other reg tweak?

This is XP (I know.. this is for the Oil industry, they are still running XP)

Thanks!!
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by:AdrienneSperber
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I'm pretty confident this is just not possible.
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by:ScottCha
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Unfortunately no, the only thing you can "program" it to do is:

1.  Do nothing
2.  Ask the user what to do
3.  Hibernate
4.  Stand by
5.  Turn off the computer.

These are under the "advanced" tab on Power Options in Control Panel.

You could set up an icon on the desktop with the commnad shutdown /r so that it wil reboot.  Not the physical button but he might go for it.
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by:jonmenefee
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Naw, the reason I am asking is because a competitor of theirs is touting a Restart on power button push, and my customer wants to do the same.  Someone has figured it out... so it must be possible somehow.   Maybe PowerToys can do it but I dont have an XP machine to try it on :-(
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by:ScottCha
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That would be cool.  Maybe somebody else has heard of such a thing.
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by:Sean Scissors
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It's possible that the competitor has a bit more advanced motherboard. Higher performance/grade mobos actually have an option for a "reset" switch. I know my computer at home (that I built) had the option of powering off and a physical "reset" button which does what you want it to. It is not a software but moreover a hardware thing. It's possible you might have a mobo with that reset switch but nothing is plugged into it. Hard to say, but it is possible and most logical having it be done through the Mobo switch itself.
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by:jonmenefee
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Ahh.. Ok, I will talk to client and they will talk to their Mobo manufacturer to see if the bios supports it.
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by:Sean Scissors
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It's not necessarily the bios. There is a physical switch that gets plugged in. It looks something like this. Again though if you can find out what motherboard it is exactly it might be either getting a different power supply with a reset switch or something. I am not 100% sure but I know that a "reset" switch is possible.
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by:jonmenefee
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So we are pretty confident that there is no registry tweaks that can be done?  If not I will go ahead and close this in a couple of hours.  I had just read somewhere that there might be a regtweak that would do that.
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by:ScottCha
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A "Reset Switch" is different than what the author is talking about.  A reset swith basiclly does a power off/power on.  It does not bring the OS down gracefully.
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by:msifox
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right mouse button on empty space on desktop
properties
screen saver
power config
extended tab
action when pressing power button -> shutdown
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by:jonmenefee
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Ahh. that reset switch doesnt do a graceful shutdown of the PC.  Thats a hard reset
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by:msifox
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sorry, disregard my comment, I misread your question.
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by:ScottCha
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@msifox...Read my post.  That is one thing I suggested.  The author doesn't want to shutdown the computer they want a graceful reboot.
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by:pony10us
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Also, there is a possibility that the competitor has an issue with their computer that has caused this to happen.  This could be a BIOS, driver or some software compatibility issue that is causing the effect.

Basically, it is not designed for it so if it is happening then it is quite possibly a bad thing.
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by:jonmenefee
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msifox...

I dont have an XP in front of me... is there an option in there besides -> shutdown?
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by:ScottCha
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LOL and disregard mine.
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by:jonmenefee
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pony10us

The end users want a restart when pushing the power button, not a shutdown and so the competitor says "hey guys!! we can do it!!"
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by:pony10us
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jonmenefee

I understand.  What I was saying is the competitor may be bragging about having an ability is actually a side effect of some other issue and trying to say its a good thing.  

As stated by many here, there is no method to restart the computer by pressing the power button other than because of the reasons that I mentioned.

There is one possibility.  If the Wake On Lan is turned on and the computer is connected to network so that it sees traffic all the time then maybe. What actually would happen is the computer would power down and then immediately power right back up when it saw the LAN traffic.
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by:jonmenefee
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hmm.. ok. I will let the customer know.  

Thank you :-)
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by:msifox
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There sure is no GUI to set it, but a windows program can do it.

Windows does have an option
PowerActionShutdownReset
that can be assigned to the power button.
It will shutdown, then restart.

documented here
http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/windows/hardware/ff560459%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

used in delphi program here
http://www.delphipraxis.net/139210-ueberpruefen-ob-pc-ueber-standby-verfuegt.html

I just can't find out if it's supported in XP or only in vista and later.
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by:jonmenefee
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And that would be something that would be installed on each computer that needs it?  Now I just need to find a programmer :-)  haha

That is a GREAT solution MSIFOX!!!
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by:pony10us
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MSIFOX

Well if you can get this to work then I stand corrected.  

And it does appear that it should work with XP:   http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa373145(v=vs.85).aspx

If I were able to stay with XP (since soon there will be no further support from MS I doubt it) then I would pursue this a bit more.  Maybe I will check to see if it can be done with Win7.
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Great help guys!! Thank you all and thanks especially to msifox :-)
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