Shutdown options in Vista and restarting

With all of the blog posts about the shutdown options in Vista (Choices = Headaches by Joel Spolsky, The Windows Shutdown crapfest & The Design of the Mac OS X Shutdown Feature) I thought I would add a couple thoughts of my own. First of all I thought all of those options were confusing but more so I hated how hard it was for me to do it with the keyboard. On XP I would hit Win, u and then r (restart) or u (shutdown?). It was pretty quick and easy. Now on Vista I can't type anything because the search box is up (what a great feature btw). So instead I was stuck hitting over arrow and then getting to that little menu like this:

Then I thought back to my NT days when I would hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete (hey since when did the Control key become Ctrl? All my keyboards say Ctrl, not Control, weird!) When I hit Ctrl-Alt-Del I see something like this:

To get to that little widget in the bottom right I needed to hit a bunch of keys on the keyboard, down, down, etc. That was a pain too, how come it isn't as easy as it used to be. Well I was talking to a friend of mine on the Windows Shell and he told me to bring up that menu just hit Alt-S. That will bring up that menu so then you can hit 'r' to restart. So now I have it, Ctrl-Alt-Del, alt-s, r. Then I have restarted!

Seems like a lot to get your machine to restart eh? Well I just learned another way too: Start and then type "shutdown /r" that will restart your machine right away too (in ~30 sec).

I just wanted to share the Alt-S keyboard shortcut and tell you about the shutdown command (which wasn't on XP by default though I am pretty sure it was in Windows 2003 Server). Thanks Brian for the shell tip!

Comments (5)

  1. Bjoern Graf says:

    Pressing the Windows key and 3 times the right arrow might be an alternative to Ctrl-Alt-Del, alt-s, r – both are not as nice as the Win, u and r/u combos, though ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Windows-key, "shutdown /s /t:1" will shut down without the 30-second delay.  "shutdown /r /t:1" will restart.

  4. Louis St-Amour says:

    You could set your power button to pop up a menu of shutdown options. Or you could create a shortcut to the shutdown command and give it a CTRL+ALT+(letter) keyboard shortcut which could work globally in any windows application.

    Or you could install this app to replace the start menu, and hit F6 or whatever to shutdown in two key presses, without any arrow keys. Note: I’ve never used it before, but it looks … interesting. I’ve often wished my start menu had tabs…

  5. Yax says:

    Alt + F4 on the desktop will bring up the classic shutdown menu

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