Change Vista's Start Menu Shutdown Option
By Stephen Bucaro
You start your computer and receive the message "Windows Shutdown abnormally". This
might be because the last time you Shutdown Windows and turned off the power, you
actually put Windows to Sleep and turned off the power. The default action for
Vista's Shutdown dialog box is Sleep.
Why is the default action for the Shutdown menu Sleep? Because Vista is constructed
on the same antiquated bloated band-aid code that Microsoft has been using for decades.
Every new version of Windows takes longer to shutdown and longer startup. Microsoft
figures they can hide this fact by keeping the power on and a large portion of the
operating system in memory.
Unfortunately the Internet is riddled with complaints from people that their system
doesn't work when they "wake" it, or it doesn't wake at all. Fortunately it's easy
change Vista's default Start menu Shutdown to actually "Shutdown".
In Control Panel's "System and Maintenance" group, select Power Options.
In the Power Options utility, in the list of "Preferred plans", under the name
of the plan with it's radio button set, click on the "Change plan settings" link.
In the Change settings for the plan: ... dialog box which appears, click on the
"Change advanced power settings" link.