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xp wont shut down without my help...

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I think it is a BIOS setting, change settings to switch off, or power down. It really depends on the BIOS, some have this option, some don't.
On a lot of modern PCs, the front switch is not an on/off button, just a sleep one.
There is a way to change this, without using BIOS, one way is X-Setup, but this has turned into shareware now, more's the pity, old versions do exist however.
MY personal solution is to add an on/off switch to the computer, but this requires some electric skills, maybe even knowledge of how to use a soldering iron, but that is not necessary.

What is necessary is knowledge of what you are doing, so I would not reccomend this approach to a novice.