Windows 8.1 – Shutdown and Shutdown

Hey there, when i watched the last edition of “The Defrag Show” this week-end Gov Maharaj gave an interesting explanation about the difference in behaviour when using the Shutdown option within the charms bar or the Widnows X-menu. To keep a long story short. When you have fast boot enabled, the shutdown option in thr charms bar will perform a so-called hybrid shutdown, but when using the shutdown option in the x-menu a full shutdown Read More …

Tip: PowerShell Script to create Shutdown/Restart/Logoff Windows 8 Tile for the Start menu

A PowerShell script shows how to create a Shutdown, Restart or Logoff Windows 8 tile for the Start menu. Script source and documentation can be downloaded from here

How to Reboot or Shutdown WinPE

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 include the shutdown.exe command-line tool that can be used for shutting down or rebooting a system within a script or just from the command prompt. WinPE however is only a minimal operating system primarily designed to act as a preinstallation or recovery environment. To keep the footprint of WinPE as small as possible many services or tools usually found within a full Windows installation are not Read More …

How to prevent pending updates from installing when shutting down Windows

The meeting should have finished since 10 minutes but they keep on talking, you look at your watch and notice that you only have a few minutes until you need to leave the office so that you catch your train. Finally the call ended and you shutdown your machine, but then you get that message “Please do not power off or unplug your machine. Installing update 1 of 5”. Great, that train is probably going Read More …