Introduction: Computer Shutdown Prank (Windows)

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This will shut down a person's computer when they click on the icon that you set up. This icon will be a new icon that the victim can't resist clicking on.

When they click on the icon, the computer will shutdown with a comment, with a comment, or without them knowing. They will be stunned when their computer all of a sudden shuts down! This prank is great for:

-Schools
-Home
-Libraries
-Offices
-Public Buildings

Please vote if you like it! =D

Step 1: First Method (Instant Shut Down)

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The First Method is an instant shut down. First, right click on an open space on your desktop and select: New > Shortcut. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following code:

%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -s -f -t 00

After that, click "Next" and then type something that will attract someone's eye such as "Million Dollar File" and click "Finish". Now right click on the new shortcut and select "Properties". Click on "Change Icon", click "Ok" if a message box pops up, and then select an icon that will attract someone's eye and click "Ok". Your trap is now set! Just wait for someone to click on it!

Step 2: Method Two (Message)

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Method Two will show you how to make a message show up for a specific amount of time and then shut down the computer when you click on the icon. First, right click on an open space on your desktop and select: New > Shortcut. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following code:

%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -s -f -t 100 -c "Your Message Here"

(You can change 100 to any number of seconds you like) (Type your message where it says "Your Message Here" and include the quotation marks)

After that, click "Next" and then type something that will attract someone's eye such as "Million Dollar File" and click "Finish". Now right click on the new shortcut and select "Properties". Click on "Change Icon", click "Ok" if a message box pops up, and then select an icon that will attract someone's eye and click "Ok". Your trap is now set! Just wait for someone to click on it!

Step 3: Method Three (Timer, No Message)

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Method Three will show you how to make the computer shutdown after a certain amount of time with no message. First, right click on an open space on your desktop and select: New > Shortcut. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following code:

%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -s -f -t 100

(You can change 100 to any number of seconds you like)

After that, click "Next" and then type something that will attract someone's eye such as "Million Dollar File" and click "Finish". Now right click on the new shortcut and select "Properties". Click on "Change Icon", click "Ok" if a message box pops up, and then select an icon that will attract someone's eye and click "Ok". Your trap is now set! Just wait for someone to click on it!

Step 4: Wait for Someone to Take the Bait!

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Have fun with this! Thank you for reading my Instructable. Please vote if you like it! _

Comments

NikVout (author)2017-10-18

hey i want to know if this shutdown your computer for a long time or so cuz i tried it on my friend and he never got online on skype!

Grinno (author)2014-06-05

hey I've been wondering could you make a virus that replaces an application with this shortcut and make it look authentic

Mr Puffy Cloud (author)Grinno2014-12-09

Grinno,

Just use the internet explorer name and icon and remove the real one from the desktop.(you can still find it in the start menu.)

crak-a-bottle (author)2009-07-10

can u stick this on a usb then copy and paste to other computers? unsure if it works with shortcuts.

but this is cool, in a p**s irritating way =D

ta muchly

x

Make it run on a autorun.exe file. :3

Kasm279 (author)crak-a-bottle2009-12-31

 yeah, it would work

short-genuis (author)2009-05-09

This doesn't work on Vista, It CTRL+C it into it and it says that "Doesn't Exist" see picture

iman4 (author)short-genuis2014-02-25

Its actually C:\%windir%\ etc.

manndude1 (author)2009-07-24

i have a question how bad would it be if i tied this shutdown script to the startup prompt? just wonderin if it could be curable if anyone ever did that.

iman4 (author)manndude12014-02-25

IT WOULD NEVER BE CURED WITHOUT PAYING $MILLIONS!!! O DO NOT RECOMMENDED YOU DO THAT!!!!!!! You've been warned.

YERFDUDE (author)2009-12-09

what they heck is wrong with it. the command prompt popped up and popped off. i couldn't even read it!

iman4 (author)YERFDUDE2014-02-25

It may do that. It's just loading. Don't worry about it. It's fine.

iman4 (author)2014-02-25

Name it minecraft and use the minecraft icon as the icon. If you do that on a friend's computer that has minecraft...

derpy sheep (author)2013-06-09

my friends computer is ruined all files are gone does anyone know how to fix it

zilexb (author)2013-06-09

how do i change it to normal, because it just ruined my mom's computer and there is no files, no anything!!!!!

BlackHoleMan (author)2010-01-03

 Cool! I use it for my brother as a sleep lamp, 'cause he doesn't like sleeping in the dark, so I use his computer! I set it to shutdown in 20 minutes (1200 seconds), and by that time he's asleep and the computer is safely turned off.

LOLROFBTCWACJOTW (author)2009-11-18

will be doing this at my school's computer lab.

manndude1 (author)2009-07-24

my message doesnt show up when i put in a message idk why

Jak1fan (author)manndude12009-08-24

Did you add the quotation marks around the message.

manndude1 (author)Jak1fan2009-08-25

yea it just pops up the command prompt but then it goes away... no message

J-Manoo7 (author)2009-03-31

wow why are all the april fools computer pranks shutdown ones?? not really that funny just annoying

Shadow Dragon (author)J-Manoo72009-03-31

So why did you give my Instructable a bad rating based on what the other Instructables are about and not based on how good you think mine is?

J-Manoo7 (author)Shadow Dragon2009-06-06

why would you appeal to the same audience with the same material posted by every other guy. to me it seems like, why build a volcano for science class when everyone else is doing it, your volcano will be lost in the sea of volcanos and will most likely be ignored.

chaosrob (author)J-Manoo72009-05-01

Maybe 'annoying' is what he was going for. I would be 'annoyed' if I did this, but later think it was funny..... then plot my revenge. I mean, it's not like he did an 'auto-format c:' or somethng destructive. :-) ---- I knew that there was a command out there to do this, but never bothered to look it up and now I know where I can always find it!

laxplyer81 (author)2009-03-30

that would suck on my computer because its really slow!

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