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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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08/08/04: Shutting down quickly

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From Ron=== Dear Webby, Sometimes I am called out of the office and need to shut down the computer quickly and without any silly questions. Is there a way to do that with Windows XP ? Thanks Ron Dear Ron If you have an XP style keyboard, hit the "Power" key and Windows will shut down fairly quickly. The only faster method for an orderly shutdown is to write a little bat. Use a plain text editor and open a new file. Save it as shutdown.bat Make sure it is saved as that, and NOT as shutdown.bat.txt. Then paste into it what you see between the lines: _________________ shutdown -s -t 0 _________________ Save it again, and if you are using Windows Notpad, again check to make sure it did not sneak .txt onto the end of it. Finally, make a desktop shortcut to that file and chose an appropriate icon. When you click on that icon, Windows will shut down fast, but still reasonably orderly and you won't get weird complaints from it on the next start-up. Have FUN Dear Webby
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