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Shutting down Windows 2000 quickly

The best way to do quick shutdowns.

There are two ways to shut down Windows 2000 in a pinch. If you are in a situation where you don't care about losing data in current programs and just want to reboot, for instance, you can use either of these methods.

Note that neither method will post an unexpected shutdown event to the system log (event ID 6006, which appears in NT 4.0 SP 4 and later).

  1. Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to bring up the Logon Information Screen, then hold down the Ctrl key and click Shut Down. You'll get a warning about losing unsaved data; click OK to continue.

  2. On an ACPI-compliant computer, press the Power Button once. This will shut the system down as well, provided the power button hasn't been configured to behave differently in BIOS. Again, this is better than pulling the plug, although much less graceful than the conventional shutdown.

If you have the system set to clear the paging file at shutdown, it will not happen if you use either of these methods.

If you are, by any chance, doing this to work around a STOP: 0x00000027 error during shutdown, see this article. This error is symptomatic of a problem with the Single Instance Storage service and should not be ignored.

And there's a freeware program called Quick ShutDown that can also shut the system down quickly and allows you to set a systemwide hotkey for shutdowns or reboots.

Serdar Yegulalp is the editor of the Windows 2000 Power Users Newsletter.

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