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When shutting off

By tdangat ·
I'm on Windows XP.

When shutting off the computer, the system auto-closes every application currently running, without prompting, resulting in loss of data of all those applications.

How can I make so that, when shutting off, the system waits for the applications to close before shutting off? (so the data is not lost when shutting off)

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personal opinion

by PurpleSkys In reply to When shutting off

I save all changes and turn off all my apps manually before shutting down a pc to prevent that exact thing from happening.

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Our two

by santeewelding In reply to personal opinion

To his one makes us a majority, and no longer a matter of personal opinion.

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Ditto that.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to personal opinion

I'm in charge, not the computer.

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What I meant

by tdangat In reply to personal opinion

I meant as a way to save time. Sure I can close the antivirus and other programs before I shut down, but it would be much easier to just press the shut down button and move on with life.

I have another computer that waits a few seconds before closing programs when shutting down, giving a time so they close safely. I want that on my computer, which doesn't wait at all when shutting down, making the antivirus always display a "antivius didn't shutdown correctly" message.

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Hibernate

by AnsuGisalas In reply to What I meant

it's quicker than shutting down, too.

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i would consider

by PurpleSkys In reply to What I meant

uninstalling and then reinstalling my A/V

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Save 30 seconds today, lose 20 hours tomorrow!

by TobiF In reply to What I meant

Computers may get problems if the power suddenly is turned off.

1. If data is being written to the hard drive, a bad sector is created, resulting in data loss and need to analyze the contents of the hard drive in order to recreate as much as possible of the data.

2. The processor can only work with data in the RAM. However, this data is volatile and disappears when the computer is turned off. For persistent storage, data needs to be written to the hard drive. When programs are closed, they will typically request remaining unsaved data to be written to the hard drive. If power is turned off unexpectedly, the latest changes to your data may not be properly saved.

Most modern computers will not turn off power when the power button is pressed. Instead, they trigger a shutdown process, which will request running programs and processes to exit.

If your computer simply turns off the power immediately when you press the on/off button, then I strongly suggest you follow the instructions for Windows, to use the "shutdown" command, and turn off the power only when Windows tells you to do it.
This will cost you some 30 seconds, but you won't need to scan the disk for errors next time you start the computer, and you run less risk of damaging data and installed programs.

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exactly! {NT}

by PurpleSkys In reply to Save 30 seconds today, lo ...
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More to read here

by TobiF In reply to When shutting off

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q305788

By default, the applications get 20 seconds to finish, but the article I link to tells you how to adjust that.
Now: Even though I found and supplied this link, I support the three statements above: Don't let Windows call the game when it comes to closing applications. Do it yourself.

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You mean some kind of script?

by AnsuGisalas In reply to When shutting off

I guess that could be done... but it's easier to do it by hand, as above.

Or to hibernate instead of shutting down fully, although that's another can of worms.

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