Change default from "Shut Down" to "Restart" ??


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BrianCaputo

Any way to change the default on the Start menu?

Too many times I Shut Down instead of Restart.
Minor but annoying.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Any way to change the default on the Start menu?

Too many times I Shut Down instead of Restart.
Minor but annoying.
Right click on Shutdown, then choose Properties.
 
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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Gene said:
Right click on Shutdown, then choose Properties.
You can also right click on Taskbar, select Properties, and then the
Start Menu tab. I only mention that because right clicking Shut Down
doesn't do anything if you are running Classic Shell, like I am. Or you
can Shft-Start to bring up the default Start menu, then the Shut down
button will behave as you describe.
 
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Ken Blake

Right click on Shutdown, then choose Properties.

Yes, of course, but that's not what he wanted. He wanted to change the
*default* you get if you just click.

He might be interested in using the Shutdown gadget, as I do. It also
doesn't change the default, but it lets you directly click Shutdown,
Restart, or Lock, without having to right-click.
 
K

KCB

Ken Blake said:
Yes, of course, but that's not what he wanted. He wanted to change the
*default* you get if you just click.

He might be interested in using the Shutdown gadget, as I do. It also
doesn't change the default, but it lets you directly click Shutdown,
Restart, or Lock, without having to right-click.
Doing as Gene said allows you to set the *default* action to any one of six
choices. 'Restart' is included, as are 'Switch User', 'Log off', 'Lock',
'Sleep', and 'Shut down'. I think that's what the OP wanted.
 
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Char Jackson

In message <[email protected]>, "Dave \"Crash\" Dummy"


That seems to be setting what hitting the power button does. The OP was
asking about the default on the Start menu, not the power button.
(Apologies if that is somewhere nearby - I don't have a 7 machine to
hand to try.)
No, it really does what the OP asked about. It allows you to set the
default 'shutdown' action to any of the available options. Leave it to
Microsoft to label it "Power button action."
 
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Thip

BrianCaputo said:
Any way to change the default on the Start menu?

Too many times I Shut Down instead of Restart.
Minor but annoying.
The only way I know to do it is to create a shortcut with the following
command:

%windir%\system32\shutdown.exe -r -t 00

Not what you wanted, it does restart.
 
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Char Jackson

The only way I know to do it is to create a shortcut with the following
command:

%windir%\system32\shutdown.exe -r -t 00

Not what you wanted, it does restart.
Then you'll be thrilled to read some of the other replies in this
thread. :)
 
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Rodney Pont

The only way I know to do it is to create a shortcut with the following
command:

%windir%\system32\shutdown.exe -r -t 00

Not what you wanted, it does restart.
Does -p instead of -t do a powerdown?

ie. %windir%\system32\shutdown.exe -p -t 00
 
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Char Jackson

Does -p instead of -t do a powerdown?

ie. %windir%\system32\shutdown.exe -p -t 00
shutdown /? will show all of the various command switches and briefly
explain their usage.
 
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VanguardLH

Thip said:
The only way I know to do it is to create a shortcut with the following
command:

%windir%\system32\shutdown.exe -r -t 00

Not what you wanted, it does restart.
The -s parameter disappeared in the version bundled with Windows 7?
 
S

Seth

Rodney Pont said:
Does -p instead of -t do a powerdown?

ie. %windir%\system32\shutdown.exe -p -t 00
"P" would be used instead of "t xx" for immediate, no timer. "Powerdown"
would be the "s' parameter for "Shutdown" (replacing the "r" for "Restart").
 
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Roy Smith

No, it really does what the OP asked about. It allows you to set the
default 'shutdown' action to any of the available options. Leave it to
Microsoft to label it "Power button action."
Not trying to defend Microsoft, but what else would you call the power
button in the Start menu? ;-)


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Roy Smith
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Thunderbird 6.0.2
Friday, September 23, 2011 8:37:54 AM
 
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Roy Smith

Does -p instead of -t do a powerdown?

ie. %windir%\system32\shutdown.exe -p -t 00
Yes and there are more options that are available as well. If you were
to type "shutdown /?" (without the quotes) in a command window you'd see
something like this:

http://my.jetscreenshot.com/1443/20110923-qoid-174kb

Using the /? argument on most DOS commands usually brings up a brief
help text like that shown in my screen capture. It's a great way to
remind yourself about an argument for a command that you don't use that
often.


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Roy Smith
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Thunderbird 6.0.2
Friday, September 23, 2011 8:45:58 AM
 
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Dave \Crash\ Dummy

Roy said:
Yes and there are more options that are available as well. If you were
to type "shutdown /?" (without the quotes) in a command window you'd see
something like this:

http://my.jetscreenshot.com/1443/20110923-qoid-174kb

Using the /? argument on most DOS commands usually brings up a brief
help text like that shown in my screen capture. It's a great way to
remind yourself about an argument for a command that you don't use that
often.
I usually direct the output to a text file for future reference (or
posting):

Usage: shutdown [/i | /l | /s | /r | /g | /a | /p | /h | /e] [/f]
[/m \\computer][/t xxx][/d [p|u:]xx:yy [/c "comment"]]

No args Display help. This is the same as typing /?.
/? Display help. This is the same as not typing any options.
/i Display the graphical user interface (GUI).
This must be the first option.
/l Log off. This cannot be used with /m or /d options.
/s Shutdown the computer.
/r Shutdown and restart the computer.
/g Shutdown and restart the computer. After the system is
rebooted, restart any registered applications.
/a Abort a system shutdown.
This can only be used during the time-out period.
/p Turn off the local computer with no time-out or warning.
Can be used with /d and /f options.
/h Hibernate the local computer.
Can be used with the /f option.
/e Document the reason for an unexpected shutdown of a
computer.
/m \\computer Specify the target computer.
/t xxx Set the time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds.
The valid range is 0-315360000 (10 years), with a
default of 30.
If the timeout period is greater than 0, the /f parameter is
implied.
/c "comment" Comment on the reason for the restart or shutdown.
Maximum of 512 characters allowed.
/f Force running applications to close without forewarning
users.
The /f parameter is implied when a value greater than 0 is
specified for the /t parameter.
/d [p|u:]xx:yy Provide the reason for the restart or shutdown.
p indicates that the restart or shutdown is planned.
u indicates that the reason is user defined.
If neither p nor u is specified the restart or shutdown is
unplanned.
xx is the major reason number (positive integer less
than 256).
yy is the minor reason number (positive integer less
than 65536).

Reasons on this computer:
(E = Expected U = Unexpected P = planned, C = customer defined)
Type Major Minor Title

U 0 0 Other (Unplanned)
E 0 0 Other (Unplanned)
E P 0 0 Other (Planned)
U 0 5 Other Failure: System Unresponsive
E 1 1 Hardware: Maintenance (Unplanned)
E P 1 1 Hardware: Maintenance (Planned)
E 1 2 Hardware: Installation (Unplanned)
E P 1 2 Hardware: Installation (Planned)
E 2 2 Operating System: Recovery (Planned)
E P 2 2 Operating System: Recovery (Planned)
P 2 3 Operating System: Upgrade (Planned)
E 2 4 Operating System: Reconfiguration (Unplanned)
E P 2 4 Operating System: Reconfiguration (Planned)
P 2 16 Operating System: Service pack (Planned)
2 17 Operating System: Hot fix (Unplanned)
P 2 17 Operating System: Hot fix (Planned)
2 18 Operating System: Security fix (Unplanned)
P 2 18 Operating System: Security fix (Planned)
E 4 1 Application: Maintenance (Unplanned)
E P 4 1 Application: Maintenance (Planned)
E P 4 2 Application: Installation (Planned)
E 4 5 Application: Unresponsive
E 4 6 Application: Unstable
U 5 15 System Failure: Stop error
U 5 19 Security issue
E 5 19 Security issue
E P 5 19 Security issue
E 5 20 Loss of network connectivity (Unplanned)
U 6 11 Power Failure: Cord Unplugged
U 6 12 Power Failure: Environment
P 7 0 Legacy API shutdown
 
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Char Jackson

In message <[email protected]>, "Dave \"Crash\" Dummy"
[]
Any way to change the default on the Start menu?

Too many times I Shut Down instead of Restart.
Minor but annoying.
Right click on Shutdown, then choose Properties.
Yes, of course, but that's not what he wanted. He wanted to change
the
*default* you get if you just click.

That IS how you change the default. "Properties" brings up this window:
http://crash.thedatalist.com/temp/Image1.gif

That seems to be setting what hitting the power button does. The OP was
asking about the default on the Start menu, not the power button.
(Apologies if that is somewhere nearby - I don't have a 7 machine to
hand to try.)
No, it really does what the OP asked about. It allows you to set the
default 'shutdown' action to any of the available options. Leave it to
Microsoft to label it "Power button action."
Not trying to defend Microsoft, but what else would you call the power
button in the Start menu? ;-)
Alright, you're forcing me to be nitpicky. :)

1. There is no Start menu. There is only an orb that people need to
learn to associate with the various things which lie beyond it,
including things like shutdown and restart.

2. Within the "Start menu", there is no power button. (This is really
my main point.) There is no button labeled "Power", nor is there
anything related to Power. The word Power doesn't appear anywhere
within the shutdown/restart area.

3. Instead of "Power button action", since there is no such thing as a
Power button within the Start menu, Microsoft could have simply called
it a "Default Restart/Shutdown action" or something similar, omitting
any reference to Power since it doesn't exist.

I've put myself farther out on a limb than I had planned to go, but I
wanted to make the point that "Power button action" is quite a poor
choice of words when there isn't a Power button.
 

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