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Chapter 1. Getting Started with Windows XP > Turning Off Your Computer

Turning Off Your Computer

When you finish working on your computer, you need to make sure to turn off, or shut down, your computer properly. This involves several steps: saving and closing all open files, closing all open windows, exiting all running programs, shutting down Windows itself, and, finally, turning off the computer. Shutting down your computer makes sure Windows and all its related programs are properly closed; this avoids potential problems starting and working with Windows in the future. If you turn off the computer by pushing the power switch while Windows or other programs are running, you could lose important data.

Turn Off Your Computer

Click the Start button, and then click Turn Off Computer.

Click the option you want (Shutdown options vary depending on Windows settings):

  • Turn Off. Exits Windows XP and prepares the computer to be turned off

  • Restart. Exits Windows XP and restarts the computer

  • Stand By. Switches the computer to low-power mode and maintains your session

  • Hibernate. Saves your session, exits Windows XP, and then restores your session the next time you start Windows


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