Can I create “Shutdown” And “Restart” Desktop Icons in Windows XP / Vista?

Creating “Shutdown” and “Restart” desktop icons makes it a one click process to either shutdown or restart your system.

In windows, there is shutdown.exe which is the responsible exe file which handles shutting down and rebooting of your Personal Computer. Here’s how you can create “Shutdown” and “Restart” desktop icons for your Windows XP and / or Vista :

1> First create a shortcut on the desktop, this can be done by -> right click on empty location on desktop –> click new and select shortcut.
2) Set the location to “shutdown -f -s -t 0” for Shutdown
3> Create another new shortcut location and set the location to “shutdown -f -r -t 0” for Restart
4) Rename it as Shutdown and Restart respectively.
4) Select OK.

Remember you should not put the quotes when setting the location, in both the cases for Shutdown and Restart.

You are all set now. Double clicking on those shortcuts will execute respective action.