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Old 03-04-2014, 09:54 AM
 
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Really? Method has been around for ages, hold the button until the computers powers off, hung or locked up it will power off.
Nope, I'm a cave man and pulled the plug. This latest machine only crashed once in about year so I guess I'll have to wait and see if I use this new trick.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Never knew about the 4 seconds, does that work if the computer is crashed and you got nothing including tapping the power button?
Yes. I first learned about this back with Win 98.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:57 PM
 
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Is there a way to shut down the computer with Windows 7 when the mouse isn't working? A friend is telling me she can do that with XP but the Start menu is quite different there and her method would not work in 7, we think.

Thanks.
See this post of mine on another forum.

If you create a "Shutdown" shortcut, you can simply place it on the Taskbar, at that point all you have to do is, hold down the windows key and press the number corresponding to the location of the shortcut, starting from the far left side.

You can download this package which creates shutdown/restart/logoff/lock workstation shortcuts on your desktop, then you can delete the ones you don't want and move the ones you want to Taskbar.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:29 PM
 
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Yes. I first learned about this back with Win 98.
I learned how to pull the cord with my C64 back in '83. It used to overheat if you ran it for hours, had to retrofit some fans.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:55 PM
 
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I learned how to pull the cord with my C64 back in '83. It used to overheat if you ran it for hours, had to retrofit some fans.
Hahaha.....I got flashbacks of my C64 started overheating due to my long gaming days, too! I finally started "enlarging" the vent holes using my dad's drill. He went ape as expected but when he realized it was running cooler I avoided an ass-whupping! For really hot days, I remember using the hair dryer set on "cool".

Then, naturally, the hairdryer would start to overheat!
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Florida
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This worst I've seen happen is the next time you power up, you might get a page telling you the computer was improperly shut down and gives you options on how to proceed...one of them being to start in an ordinary manner.
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:31 AM
 
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This worst I've seen happen is the next time you power up, you might get a page telling you the computer was improperly shut down and gives you options on how to proceed...one of them being to start in an ordinary manner.
That's usually the case but crashes/losing power is like playing Russian roulette, you might be able to pull the trigger thousands of times but you're going to get the bullet eventually. If you have a background task going that is writing data to the disc that data is going to be corrupted. If it's critical system files now you have a real issue.
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I learned how to pull the cord with my C64 back in '83. It used to overheat if you ran it for hours, had to retrofit some fans.
Ha! I learned how to pull the cords on a computer long before that. Of course, back then we used cassette recorders, not hard drives, so it was not an issue.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Nope, I'm a cave man and pulled the plug. This latest machine only crashed once in about year so I guess I'll have to wait and see if I use this new trick.
Bad practice, especially when it says, "installing updates"
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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Is there a way to shut down the computer with Windows 7 when the mouse isn't working? A friend is telling me she can do that with XP but the Start menu is quite different there and her method would not work in 7, we think.

Thanks.
Just wait until you try to shut down windows 8.

There are different version of windows 7 and depending how the user account mode is setup there will be different ways to shut down the computer with just the keyboard.
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