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Author Topic: How to change the "Sleep Button" to a "OFF Button  (Read 12615 times)

oldfogy

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How to change the "Sleep Button" to a "OFF Button
« on: April 09, 2008, 02:35:05 AM »

Unfortunately some people may not realise that the power button on the bottom of the Start Menu does not actually turn the computer OFF.

The default setting for this button is just to put the computer into sleep mode (standby)
So unless you actually use the small arrow to the right and select "Shut Down" the computer remains in sleep mode when this button is used.

However it only takes a couple of minutes to convert the "Sleep Button" to a "OFF Button" by following the steps below.
First start by going to:-
Control Panel, then chose "Power Options"

When the Power Options window is open, on the left-hand side there are several options, one of which is called:
"Chose what the power buttons do" (to be honest I have yet to discover what it actually does, so that's not what we want, although I think it may refer to the power button on the actual computer case).

What we want are the three options on the right-hand  side of the screen called:
Balanced, Power saver and High performance.

So select the first one by clicking "Change plan settings"
On this next page you can also change when the display is turned off and when the computer goes into sleep mode (standby)

Now select "Change advanced power settings"
in the next window that opens chose "Power buttons and lid"
followed by "Start menu power button" then change that from sleep to"Shut down"

You will need to do this with all of the three power options.
So now just hit the back arrow (top left-hand corner) and change the other two options.

There is also the option to "Restore default settings for this plan" on each of the three windows should you wish to do so.

You will also notice that when you now hover the mouse pointer over the power button it should now be red and the text display will tell you that it is going to turn off the computer.
(Previously it was Green and said it was going to put the computer to sleep)

Now whenever you press this Power button on the start menu, the computer will actually turn off and not go into sleep mode.
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Re: How to change the "Sleep Button" to a "OFF Button
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2008, 11:06:53 AM »

You mean to say that in Vista, it's not even straightforward to turn your PC off?

I despair.
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Re: How to change the "Sleep Button" to a "OFF Button
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2008, 11:13:20 AM »

The trouble with you XP users floydy is you have got it too easy  :D
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Re: How to change the "Sleep Button" to a "OFF Button
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2008, 02:34:30 PM »

Thanks OF - that's very helpful!! :)
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Re: How to change the "Sleep Button" to a "OFF Button
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2008, 03:51:31 PM »

Well, I don't want to have to rewire the whole house just to change a light bulb.
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Re: How to change the "Sleep Button" to a "OFF Button
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2008, 12:36:47 AM »

The trouble with you XP users floydy is you have got it too easy  :D
To be honest all of these niggly little tweaks and setting changes are just something we have got used to with XP.

No doubt the response back in 2000 (or whenever) most of us said, "I'm not changing to XP"
From Windows x To XP was just the same nightmare that XP to Vista is "all over again".
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Re: How to change the "Sleep Button" to a "OFF Button
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2008, 05:43:04 AM »

Is anyone else following this discussion thread:

http://forums.vnunet.com/thread.jspa?threadID=133490
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Re: How to change the "Sleep Button" to a "OFF Button
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2008, 06:47:59 AM »

Interesting floydy,but XP WILL eventuality end up on the scrap heap with the rest of old windows operating systems.I agreee with OF about not wanting XP when it first came out.I also think vista gets a lot of unfair comment from people who use XP and (quite rightly so)do not want to change to another OS.I think if your happy with something then why change,but then again why diss something you don't use or want.
Windows ME came in for the same treatment,but I used it for 6 years with very little problem.
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Re: How to change the "Sleep Button" to a "OFF Button
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2008, 09:06:13 AM »

Oh I know XP will eventually become redundant, as the windows 4 series pretty much has done so, I'm just waiting and keeping an open mind.  XP works for me, and for the time being MS are still supporting it, so I'm reasonably content.

In the past 20 years we have come from MS-DOS and through successive versions of windows (in fact I think Windows 1 was released as long ago as 1985, although the hardware of the time wasn't really up to it)... it will be interesting to see what computer systems will look like in another 20 years time.
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Re: How to change the "Sleep Button" to a "OFF Button
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2008, 10:36:30 PM »

No doubt the response back in 2000 (or whenever) most of us said, "I'm not changing to XP"

XP was widely known as "Windows For Teletubbies" amongst Win2k fans back in 2002/2003 :D

Plus ca change..... ;)
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Re: How to change the "Sleep Button" to a "OFF Button
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2008, 05:25:05 AM »

Coming from the crash prone 98se, for me XP was more like 98 on steroids.
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Re: How to change the "Sleep Button" to a "OFF Button
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2008, 11:05:20 AM »

Well XP seems to be here for a while longer
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=12618
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Re: How to change the "Sleep Button" to a "OFF Button
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2008, 12:48:05 PM »

Considering that even one of the biggest banks (Lloyds TSB) only changed to XP from 98x a couple of years ago may be a indication of:-

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

They only changed when they amalgamated.
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Re: How to change the "Sleep Button" to a "OFF Button
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2008, 12:50:28 PM »

From what I've seen, most businesses seem to be using XP - you go into any estate agent's, solicitor's, etc and see what I mean.
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