You may want to try a boot client such as lilo or grub.
yes, they can be used for windows. It will allow you to shut down the system from a "pre-boot" menu.
I am having trouble with my computer
Windows XP SP2
Dell Inspiron B130
I installed Comando firewall. I did not like it so I un-installed it. That's when the problems began. It didn't want to un-install fully. Left remnants of MailFrontier, which was never on the computer before. I did a repair using the factory disks. Got everything installed again but now the computer won't shutdown.
I have narrowed it down to this:
Safe mode log out and shutdown work.
Normal mode, log out does NOT work, so computer just hangs there with the background screen and that's it. I have to physically put and hold the power button to shut down the computer.
I first noticed this when trying to restart the computer.
Computer will go into standby and back with no problems.
Computer will go into and out of hibernate, with no problems
Computer will log out and save settings in safe mode only.
Computer will also shutdown and restart in safe mode.
My firewall protection is back to old faithful, Zone Alarm.