Quickly shutdown your computer with no warnings or alerts, and much faster than it normally takes.

Create a new shortcut file on your desktop.

where it says location type   %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -f -s -t 00   ( 00 are numbers not letters).

Then click next and call it Fast Shutdown and click finish.

Next right click the shortcut file and go to properties, click the Change Icon button and browse for
%SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll  This is the library holding the icon we want to use and
this should show a bunch of icons you can use,
pick the red one like i have or alternatively one you prefer, after that click ok and Apply.

Thats it youre all done
Just double click the icon to do a fast shutdown.

To also make a Restart button, do the same process again but type:
%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -f -r -t 00 ( again 00 are numbers not letters and R has replaced S).

 * How this all works *

hidden inside windows is the shutdown.exe file, in windows 98 you only needed to link to this file
to turn everything off but in NT Systems like Windows XP you need the switches which are explained below, well some of them anyway.
There is the ability to turn off remote computers, that is anyone connected to the internet, but i dont think i'll go into that right now, after all you wouldnt want it doing to you.

 -f  closes all open applications first,  -s performs the actual shutdown ( -r  use this instead of -s to restart the computer ),
-t 00  is the timer needed for it all to work.

                      *** Thanks for taking the time to view my instructable***

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Awesome! I'm an upcoming computer hacker at my school so this will impress my friends. Thank You.
Very nice ! Have been looking for exactly this. Thank you
Thanks, take a look at my instructables for some other useful stuff.

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