Making the shut down button shut down the mashine (vista, laptop)

Okay, sorry for such a long title (I couldn’t think of a way to condense it). Vista on laptops has a nice habit of suspending instead of shutting down when you use the menu option, this from my point of view at least, is very very annoying. Here is how you stop it from happening.

Daniel (Error-OK),  showed me a way of making this shut down the computer instead. I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but I’ve kept forgetting. It’s quite easy really:

  1. Open up Control Panel (You’ll find it in the start menu above said annoying button
  2. Under the Mobile PC* category, you’ll see “change Battery settings”, click this.
  3. Under the power plan your using click “Change plan settings” (note: if you change the power plan, or it gets changed then you’ll have to do this for all of the power plans you use)
  4. In this section, you’ll see a link that says “Change advanced power settings”, click this.
  5. A property dialogue will open up, in this area there is a tree of options Here is where you need to go: Power Buttons and lid -> Start menu Power Button
  6. Change both “On Battery” and “Plugged In” to ShutDown and then click ok.

TIP: The advanced power options dialogue offers you a whole range of options which might be useful if you want to fine tune your power plans.

* Please note: These instructions are correct for my laptop, they should work on most other laptops to, if however, this works because of toshiba have added a link to the control panel, or you wish to follow this guide on a desktop computer, you should be able to find this in the control panel classic view under “Power Options”.

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