How to shut down your computer without going into Standby or Hibernate mode


Whenever i try to shut down my computer it appears to shut down but really only goes into stanby mode as just pressing the space bar starts it up again. Any ideas?


This question was answered on July 21, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It appears that your Power Scheme is set incorrectly.

To troubleshoot this small problem using Win XP, simply navigate as follows:

Start>Control Panel>Power Options

Once in the Power Options Properties window click on the Advanced tab.

Here you will see:

Power Buttons

-and directly under that-

"When I press the power button on my computer:"

In that drop down menu you will have a few options Here you can select "Shut down", as opposed to "Standy Mode" which is what you might have it set on.

If that is not the problem you may check the next tab under Power Options Properties called Hibernate Check and see if the box is checked where it reads:

Enable Hibernation

If that box is checked, uncheck it.

Just like all changes made in the Windows environment you must select "Apply" and then "OK" to make all changes take effect.

This should solve your problem If this does not then you may have to check within your System BIOS under power and see if you can change the shut down process from there.

Changing BIOS information can damage your computer to a point where it is unoperable Only make changes to the BIOS if you are experienced with doing so.

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Posted by sean of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on July 21, 2004