Make the Shutdown Icon on Your Desktop and Others.

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Create shutdown, restart, log-off and hibernate shortcuts for your desktop.

Step 1: Starting!!

- Right click your desktop
-> New
-> Shortcut

Step 2: The Location.

Enter the following based on your desired shortcut
Shutdown: shutdown -s -t 0
Restart: shutdown -r -t 0
Logoff: shutdown -l -t 0
Hibernate: rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll, SetSuspendState Hibernate

Step 3: The Title.

Anything works here.

Step 4: Changing the Icon.

This is a functional shortcut, you may want to give it an icon though. So right click it and choose "Properties".

Step 5: Choosing the Icon.

- Change Icon...
- Choose your icon
- Done!



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    62 Discussions

    not a toad

    12 years ago

    shutdown.exe is only present on windows xp. this will not work on previous versions of windows

    1 reply
    kevinf197not a toad

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    I am looking at a "shellmenuview" of all the commands currently in use on a win-7-64-ultimate PC and have shutdown.exe listed 3 times with arguments for...
    Shut Down Computer as shutdown.exe -s -t 00 -f
    Restart Computer as shutdown.exe -r -t 00 -f
    Log Off as shutdown.exe -L
    all residing in the ROOT hive of the registry @ \DesktopBackground\shell\"insert function name here-without the quotation marks"\Command

    FYI: Vista keyboard shortcut key combo's..
    Win + Right Arrow + Enter Sleep Mode

    Win + Right Arrow (x3) + Enter Shut Down

    Win + Right Arrow (x3) + U Shut Down

    Win + Right Arrow (x3) + R Restart

    Win + Right Arrow (x3) + W Switch User.

    Have a "be nice" day ;-)


    4 years ago on Introduction

    for recovering deleted data first you will need to try multiple softwares . (free)1 glareutilities ,2. mini tool partition wizard(it has a recovery tool) ,3 tune up utilities write one of the name in google search engine and you will get the download link .I have use above softwares. there are many softwares . never pay for a software without trying it first to see if it works or not.


    11 years ago on Step 4

    This does NOT work in a domain environment, Common users and Power Users do not have permissions to run Shutdown.exe

    1 reply

    7 years ago on Step 5

    You also can't spell, which makes this nearly impossible to read.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    what exactly happens in d background when a computer is shutting down???
    i mean d processess....can i see them!!!


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    yes can recover the deleted data just contact me on i m 12 hours online i will give you the small size software..which i can send you by your email as well... Faiz


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Assuming you aren't talking about stuff in the recycle bin:

    1. Don't write anything else to the disk until you finish recovering the data.
    2. Learn the details of your file system (FAT, FAT32, NTFS, ext3, or whatever).
    3. Find the first block containing data from your deleted file. copy the data using a hex editor to a new file. This file must be on a different drive (A USB stick, perhaps).
    4. Repeat step 3 for each subsequent block, appending it to the end of the new file.

    Or go read this HOWTO:

    Good luck.


    9 years ago on Step 2

    Need anyones help...... I have made a vbScript for a fake virus but at the end of it i want the system to sutdown with a time limit. Any ideas? Thanks

    1 reply

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    yes there is a shutdown icon that can do that with a time limit. I put the ones with a time limit at school with and internet explorer icon. I pranked so many people. :)

    Your way is unnecessarily complex for someone who doesn't want to automate the shutdown for a different delay every time (plus which VBscript is about as secure as a chicken-wire air tank).


    11 years ago on Introduction

    i see the code for hibernate, but what is the code for Stand By? TGT


    11 years ago on Introduction

    It worked on my ME until a kid came along and deleted the icon. Now I can't remember how to put it back on the desktop.

    does anyone know how to add icons, not just the ones that you get, but other ones that you can upload and stuff?