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Modifying shutdown image or text in XP

by Merlino64 / November 16, 2006 1:33 AM PST

Hi, is there a way to change the image or text that is displayed when shutting down windows XP?

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by John.Wilkinson / November 16, 2006 6:00 AM PST

The simplest way is to use the free program Logon Studio, which lets you use your own Welcome Screen, which is displayed when you start the computer, change users, and shut down. There are thousands of Welcome Screens available for download with this program letting you edit and randomize them as well.

Hope this helps,

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Yes but only for shutdown?
by Merlino64 / November 17, 2006 1:00 AM PST
In reply to: Yes...

I was actually looking for a way of changing ONLY the shutdown screen. Is this possible?


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Change the way you shut down
by denjones / November 23, 2006 8:20 PM PST

The Steps:

1. Shutdown shortcut: The first step to a your one click shutdown shortcut button, is to right-click on your desktop, now choose New, then choose Shortcut. The Windows Shortcut Wizard will appear. In the box that appears, in the "location of shortcut area" type in shutdown -s to shutdown. For the name leave it shutdown or type in a new name like SHUTDOWN or OFF.

2. Reboot shortcut: The first step to your one click reboot shortcut button, is to right-click on your desktop, now choose New, then choose Shortcut. The Windows Shortcut Wizard will appear. In the box that appears, in the "location of shortcut" area type in shutdown -r to reboot. For the name type in Reboot or Restart.

3. After you have created your shortcuts on your desktop, just double-click on one to shut down or reboot your computer.

4, Switches you can use with shutdown shortcuts. There are some switches you can use to customize your shutdown shortcuts. To use the switches type in, shutdown -s will shut down PC, shutdown -r will reboot PC, shutdown -f will forces any running applications to shot down, shutdown -l will log off the current user, shutdown -t nn will indicates the duration of delay, in seconds, before performing the action, and shutdown -c "message" will display a message in the System Shutdown windows, max 127 characters and must be enclosed in quotation marts.

5. I use these two technique to create one shutdown & one reboot shortcuts on my desktop, one for turning off my computer, and one for rebooting. These are the ones I use:

shutdown -s -t 04 -c "later Geek!" - This one will shut down the PC.
shutdown -r -t 04 -c "Rebooting Now!" - This one will reboot the PC.

6. Just a little more customizing. Now your need to change the icons to a better looking icons. Right click on your new shutdown shortcut and pick properties on the menu. Then click on change icon, now pick a new icon for your shortcuts. I picketed the red icon for the shutdown shortcut and a green icon for the reboot shortcut. The shutdown shortcuts are automatically put on your desktop, but to make it more convent I put them both on my toolbar. You can move them by dragging and dropping them on to your quick launch toolbar, it up to you.

Now you have two new one click shutdown and reboot shortcut buttons on your desktop and or toolbar.

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