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Computer Help Archive Trouble turning " ON " " OFF " your computer ?

" Start up & Shutdown problems explained "



Trouble with Starting your computer ?


Things that may happen when you turn on your computer. There is no need to panic or call 411 for assistance.

Something was shut down improperly ?

If anything strange happens during the windows shutdown process, you may see a window pop up next time you start your computer that says " Windows was shut down improperly " or " Windows has recovered from a serious error ". Don't take it to seriously as windows is just letting you know what happened and has probably already corrected the problem.

Non-System Disk error

If you see this message remove the floppy disk from drive A and then press the enter key. Your computer then should start up normally. In rare cases your Hard Drive may have encountered an error and you should have " Backed up your Data "....oops.

Booting off an unwanted CD-ROM

You may have left a CD in the drive your computer will try to start from this. If so remove the CD and restart your computer.

Booting off a CD-ROM

Sometimes you are required to boot off a CD-ROM in this case leave the CD in the drive when prompt to do so press the enter key and the computer will do the rest.

What is a the " Desktop "

Well it's not your actual desk, it's your ready to use computer waiting for it's instruction to do something extremely productive like playing solitaire.





















It's called the desktop but it looks more like a windshield after a long car trip.

Now you can play solitaire

Now that your computer is up and running and you are at the desktop it is now time to get some work done.

Shutting Down the Computer

Log Off: This option does not shutdown windows or turn off the computer. This merely tells the computer that your done and it is now ready for another user. This really only works when a computer has multiple user accounts set up.

Stand BY: This option puts your computer into a special power saving mode. The computer powers down into a vegetative state.

Hibernate: Don't use it .... or use it, I was never able to get it to work.

Restart: This option allows you to turn the computer off and then on again also called reset. You may have to do this when installing new software or to fix a program freeze or another small problem.

Shut Down: Shut down completely turns off the computer. Windows is shutdown and the computer is powered down.

windows xp, linux , solaris, macosQuick way to lockdown your computer

Besides deleting your registry another quick way to lock your computer is to press the :

win+L key combination.

The " win " key is " Windows " key on your keyboard; L stands for lock. To unlock the system and get back in just log on to windows like you normally do.

I can't shutdown my computer ?

A last resort option if you are unable to power down your computer using the windows shutdown menu.

Press and hold the power button for two or three seconds, it instantly turns the computer off. Remember this for times when you have no other option, always shutdown the computer properly.

key software points to rememberKey points to remember ::


the most important piece of software Avoid quickly turning the computer on again after turning it off. Wait 10 or 20 seconds.

operating systems Ensure that you remove any media such as a floppy disk from the computer before starting.


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