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How do I sleep, restart, turn off and shutdown my Windows 8 PC?

Having some problem locating the shutdown option at Windows 8?

When you finish using your Computer, it's a great idea to turn it off properly because it will save energy, and also will help you to keep it more secure just make sure your work is saved properly.

Go to the the right edge portion of the screen, and then touch and tap the Settings Menu.

settings

If you are using the mouse, go to the upper-right corner of the screen, and then click Settings.

powericon

Then at the bottom part - Click Power, and then choose which option will you go – Sleep, Shutdown and Restart.

Another way to access the power icon with the other options related like Lock, Switch User and Sign Out is to press CTRL + ALT + DELETE and at the right most portion your can go to the following options – sleep, shutdown and restart.

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How to customize and change the color of your taskbar and window borders at Windows 8

Calibrate and personalize the color of borders and windows taskbar.

By going to the Right-Click menu portion of your Windows 8 desktop, we can customize the color of taskbar easily. 

personalize

If your fun of the sliding Metro UI menus, go to the settings option

settings

and find the Personalization Menu

settings2

 

That's it!

Once, the visuals and sound of your computer configuration window are shown, click the “Color” option.

color

Next, the color and appearance window configuration will be shown.

Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization\Color and Appearance

color1 

The color intensity can be calibrated and each color can be adjusted more by clicking the Color mixer options.

color2

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Android: How to use the 24 Hour format or vice-versa

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The term "military time" is usually given or synonym for the 24-hour clock. It is commonly used in areas specialize for military, aviation, astronomy, hospitals and tourism. The 24-hour clock is a convention of time keeping in which the day runs and divided into 24 hours, indicated by the hours from 0 to 23.

Let’s configure android to 24 hour format.

Go to the Settings icon –> scroll down until you reach the Date and Time Menu

datetime

To run the android clock in 24-hr format

Once the date and time setting are shown, click to check the option “Use 24-hour format”.

To use the default 12 hour format, just unchecked the option.

24hrformat

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Command prompt syntax to show Computer Name

Computers on a network have a unique names so they can be recognize, identify and communicate with each other. It is a label given to a device connected to a computer network and that is used to name a device in various forms of electronic communication.

Here’s how to determine and find the computer name using the command prompt:

echo %computername%

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>echo %computername%
HP-PC

C:\Windows\system32>

ipconfig /all

The command displays full configuration information.

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : hp-PC
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

hostname

The command directly prints the name of the current host

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>hostname
hp-PC

C:\Windows\system32>

For easy recognizable names, it’s best to keep the computer name fifteen character or less. It is also recommend to use only internet standard  characters.

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List of Environment Variable found on Windows

Environment variables are a set of named values that affects the way running processes will behave on a computer depending on the variable stored. The environment variable with a standard name can designate the particular location on a computer system - this may vary from one computer system to another.

Default Values on Microsoft Windows

Variable Windows XP/Vista/7/8
%ALLUSERSPROFILE% and %PROGRAMDATA% C:\Documents and Settings\All Users

C:\ProgramData
%APPDATA% C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data

C:\Users\{username\AppData\Roaming
%COMPUTERNAME% {computername}
%COMMONPROGRAMFILES% C:\Program Files\Common Files
%COMMONPROGRAMFILES(x86)% C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files
%COMSPEC% C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe
%HOMEDRIVE% c:
%HOMEPATH% \Documents and Settings\{username}
%LOCALAPPDATA% C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local
%LOGONSERVER% \\{domain_logon_server}
%PATH% C:\Windows\system32;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\System32\Wbem;{plus program paths}
%PATHEXT% .COM;.EXE;.BAT;.CMD;.VBS;.VBE;.JS;.WSF;.WSH

.com;.exe;.bat;.cmd;.vbs;.vbe;.js;.jse;.wsf;.wsh;.msc
%PROGRAMDATA% %SystemDrive%\ProgramData
%PROGRAMFILES% %SystemDrive%\Program Files
%PROGRAMFILES(X86)% %SystemDrive%\Program Files (x86) (only in 64-bit version)
%PROMPT% Code for current command prompt format. Code is usually $P$G
%PSModulePath% %SystemRoot%\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules\
%PUBLIC% %SystemDrive%\Users\Public
{Drive}:\$Recycle.Bin C:\Recycle.Bin
%SystemDrive% c:
%SystemRoot% The Windows directory, usually C:\Windows, formerly C:\WINNT
%TEMP% and %TMP% %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Temp

%SystemDrive%\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Temp
%USERDOMAIN% {userdomain}
%USERNAME% {username}
%USERPROFILE% %SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\{username}

%SystemDrive%\Users\{username}
%WINDIR% C:\Windows

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environment_variable


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(Quick Tip) How to access and use System Scan through command line

Scan.exe command line tool is an antivirus scanner that provides an alternative way to quickly perform checking for viruses using the command prompt. It is very effective and quick solution for solving problems against viruses and other types of potentially unwanted programs.

Let’s try launching the program and scan your computer using the System login through the Welcome Screen.

Go and Download WinBubble, the program let's you access all the hidden features of the OS easily using its user interface.

Once running, go to the Tips and tricks Tab and at the bottom you’ll see the Ease of Access center button. Click the option and continue by pressing Yes and entering the security password.

Launching through Welcome Screen

You can press Win+L to go to your Welcome Screen or Restart your computer and at the Welcome Screen find the little blue circle button as shown below.

systemscan

Find the command prompt and use the following command for virus scanning:

SCAN /CLEAN /ALL /SUB /ANALYZE /STREAMS /WINMEM c:

To check what login information are you using, type:

C:\Windows\system32>whoami
nt authority\system

C:\Windows\system32>

 

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How to make a Windows 8 startup message

Here’s how to create a custom screen message before entering Windows.

VB Scripting 

Go to the folder below

C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Create a text file with extension .vbs e.g. msg.vbs

vbscript

Once created, open the file in notepad and write the following command: msg “your message

msg “Hi, don’t forget all the things that you need to submit…”

Restart your computer to see the results…

vbscript_startupmsg

That’s it!

Using Windows Registry 

Open your registry editor by pressing Win+R and type “regedit”.

run

Once the editor is open, go to the following folder

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

or

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\

Find the two registry names or create them by using New –> String Value Menu at any vacant space of the tool.

LegalNoticeCaption

This is where the Title or Caption of the message located upon entering the Welcome Screen e.g. Disclaimer Notice

LegalNoticeText

This is where your message is being inputted.

Using a tweakui tool 

winbubbleslite

WinBubbles-lite is a small program to access windows 7 and above customizations. You’ll be able to apply the tweak easily by entering the caption and message then afterwards press Alt-A. To see the results, see your message by clicking the View Button.

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Enable and disable the Task manager option in Windows 8 and 7 Taskbar

Do you want to perform some restrictions to your computer? Here your are, using WinBubbles-lite, you’ll be able to access the function “Disable Windows Task Manager” clearly.

You don’t need to know everything, just open the app and click to check the said option as shown and press Alt-A. That’s it!

winbubbleslite 

Using Windows Registry Editor

If your a computer expert, a geek or just starting to learn everything in your Windows Computer, open the registry editor (regedit.exe) and go to the registry folder below: 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

If you can’t find the string DisableTaskMgr, create one by using your right-click menu function at any vacant space and make sure you’ll use the DWORD (32-bit) value. (New > DWORD (32-bit) Value)

DisableTaskMgr  =  1

Once the Value Name is created, double-click the Name and put 1 as its value data.

Here’s the result:

taskmgr_taskbar

I’m a Geek, I want to create my own tool:

Using RegDevelop to create your own tweaker

checkboxdrag

Drag and drop the checkbox to your form and configure the values as shown below:

CheckBox 1

Caption

Disable Windows Task Manager

RegKeyPath1

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

Value_Name1

DisableTaskMgr

ValueData1

1

ValueType1

DWORD

DeleteWhenUnchecked

True

Finally, Click the Start Button to test the program.

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Add Windows 8 Vista and 7 Move to and Copy To Right Click Menu Function

Creating Move to and Copy To function automatically using WinBubbles lite is very easy: WinBubbles-lite is a light-weight, open for all version of WinBubbles. You can see every registry setting made and you’ll be able to edit them and add more functions real-time in the future.

Once your done downloading the tool, find and click to check “Move To” and “Copy To” function and press the Alt-A to apply. That’s it!

winbubbleslite

Windows Registry Entries

If your a registry geek, creating those registry entries are very easy also. Just follow the steps below.

Go to the registry as shown:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers

Once your inside the registry folder, create a folder called “Move to” and “Copy To” using your right-click menu function at any vacant space of the Registry editor (New > Key).

movetocopyto_regeditor

When you’re done creating the folder “Move To” and “Copy To”, Click any of the folder and locate the (default) string. Double-Click any of them and enter the following Value Data:

Move To

(default) = {C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}

valuedata_moveto

Copy To

(default) = {C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}

valuedata_copyto

You can try now the file function by using them both at your Windows explorer.

Using RegDevelop to create your own Tweaking software

checkboxdrag

Drag and drop the checkbox control to your form designer and input the values as shown below:

CheckBox 1

Caption

Move To

RegKeyPath1

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Move To

Value_Name1

(default)

ValueData1

{C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}

ValueType1

String

DeleteWhenUnchecked

True

CheckBox 2

Caption

Copy To

RegKeyPath1

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Copy To

Value_Name1

(default)

ValueData1

{C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}

ValueType1

String

DeleteWhenUnchecked

True

Once your done, you’ll see and understand that adding registry entries to Regdevelop is related or almost the same as using your registry editor.

testdebug

Finally, you can now debug or test the program by clicking Start.

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How to Automatically Clear the Browsing History on Exit and Web Browsing in Private

Protect your privacy and help to prevent other people from reading your browsing information by clearing all the browsing history when you’re done using your Browser.

For Internet explorer, press Alt-T and locate Internet options. At the general tab, click to check “Delete browsing history on exit”.

internetexplorer

InPrivate Browsing at Internet explorer

You can use the InPrivate Browsing feature also to avoid saving everything in your browsing history.

By pressing Ctrl-Shift-P, you’ll be able to use the function in a separate process and if the InPrivate Browsing is turned on, you will see this indicator

InPrivate in the address bar

InPrivate Browsing prevents Internet Explorer from storing data about your browsing session such as cookies, temporary Internet files, history, and other data. Toolbars and extensions are also disabled by default.

Configure Mozilla Firefox to clear history after it closes

For Firefox browser, Press Alt-T and locate Options. Find the privacy tab and at History group use the setting “Use custom settings for history” then, click to check “Clear history when Firefox closes” as shown below:

firefox

The Settings button leaves you more clear option when Firefox exits:

firefox2

Google Chrome incognito mode (Web Browsing in Private)

If you activated incognito mode by pressing Ctrl + Shift + N, all Pages will not appear in your browser history and traces, like cookies, won’t be shown. 

For your privacy, here’s the listing of services that will be disabled:

  • All Websites that collect information about you
  • Internet service providers and employers that track all the web pages that you visit
  • Malicious softwares
  • Surveillance and tracking by secret agents

References: Google Groups Website and Windows 7 Help Files

 

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(Google Chrome) Prompt and Ask where to save each file before downloading

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If you encounter a problem in locating the downloaded file using Google Chrome, here’s a quick tip to make the app ask for filepath or browse where to save each files before downloading.

 

To configure the said option, go to the url below:

chrome://chrome/settings/

Once the setting page are shown, scroll down, find and click to view the “Show advanced settings…” configurations.

advancedsettings

There are many options will be shown to configure Google Chrome, find the Downloads group and click to check “Ask where to save each file before downloading” as shown:

wheretosave_checked

You will be asked where to save the file every time you download something.

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Start Menu All Programs alternative at Windows 8

Not convinced with the current shell of Windows 8? Can’t find the Start Menu All Programs section of Metro UI?

The current user interface (UI) of Windows 8 was created to cope up with the current trends of Touch devices. It was designed for your fingers sliding and touching the screen.

Anyway, here’s how to add a start menu Programs alternative as shown below:

alternative_toolbar

What–to-do

Right-Click any portion of the Taskbar and go to the Toolbar section and click “New toolbar…”

newtoolbar

Next, you’ll need to write the folder path of the toolbar as shown:

C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

Just make sure that you overwrite the path above using your own username like the example below: hp as the username

folderpath

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Access the hidden Menu items at Windows 8

Having some problem finding where the control panel is located at Windows 8? How about the Computer Management for disk and network monitoring? How will you access the Device Manager for installation of device drivers and Programs and features for installation and uninstallation of programs?

Here’s a quick tip to access the hidden menu items at Windows 8.

By pressing the key combination Win + X you’ll be able to access the following items as shown below:

winx

Program and Features

You can use Program and Features to uninstall a software if you no longer use the program or if you want to free up space on your hard disk. Also, it can be use to change the configuration by adding or removing certain options.

Mobility Center

The Mobility Center includes the most commonly used settings, such as brightness, volume, power plan, battery status, wireless network status and many more.

Power Options

Power Options includes different power plans configuration to reduce the amount of power your computer uses, maximize performance or balance the two.

Even Viewer

Event Viewer is a very useful utility that displays significant information about important events on your computer. The Event Viewer is helpful when finding the source of the problems and errors with Windows and other programs.

System – The system shows quick and detailed overview about your computers hardware and software configuration.

Device Manager

The Device Manager includes which devices are installed on your computer (with proper driver or not), also, in using the device driver you'll be able to  check and see if the hardware is working properly, and modify hardware settings to restore its previous working version.

Other important items included

  • Device Management
  • Computer Management
  • Command Prompt
  • Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Task Manager
  • Control Panel
  • File Explorer
  • Search
  • Run
  • Desktop

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Blogger updates and adds Mobile version of the website

Blogger recently adds a website version in every blog site of its domain.

Mobile version address

http://unlockforus.blogspot.com/?m=1

The mobile version automatically includes the date and day of the article.

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Plus, it automatically puts a screenshot before the initial paragraph of the blog.

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Overall, the design is really good and enoughly comparable to any professional versions of mobile blogsite.


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Do not allow websites to get your geographical location

Websites can ask or request your geographical location. It is an estimate based on the nearest known points through access points and ip-addresses. If you don’t want that because of privacy concerns, here’s how to disable and enable tracking of your location based on ip-address and mapping.

Go to your Internet Explorer’s Internet Option and Privacy Tab - press Alt-T and Internet Option Menu located at the bottom part:

internetoptions

Find the location option - “Never allow websites to request your physical location”, Click to checked to disable gathering of your location data and unchecked to enable tracking of your location.

ie

Windows Registry Settings

Here’s the technical details through Windows registry – you just need to go to the registry folder below and put BlockAllWebsites to 1

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Geolocation

BlockAllWebsites = 1 (do not allow) or 0 (allow websites to request your location)

 

Google Chrome

For Google chrome, the default option is to ask the user if you will request for his physical location.

Go to the url below and scroll down until you see the option “Show advanced settings”  

chrome://chrome/settings/

Show advanced settings > Privacy group > Content settings button > Location

googlechrome

To disable the feature, use the option “Do not allow any site to track my physical location” – That’s it!

 

How the feature works?

When you visit a website, The browser will ask you if you want to provide your physical location. If you permit this activity, The browser will gathers information for the nearest access points and IP address. Then it will send the information to the Geolocation server such as Google Location Services to be able to estimate of your location. The resulting location estimate is then given to the requesting website.

 

Mozilla Firefox

Just follow the steps: In the URL bar, type about:config 
There will be a confirmation for the warranty, just neglect and continue. Once the configuration options are displayed - type geo.enabled, double-click the option and make the value disabled -That’s it!

 

How accurate these location finders?

The accuracy of these geolocation services varies greatly from location to location. In some places, it can provide a location within  few meters only. However, in some areas it might be much more than that.

 

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Right-Click Menu for Shutdown, Log-off, Sleep and Restarting Windows

rightclickmenu

Having some problem finding how to shutdown, restart and configuring your new version of Windows through control panel? Having some difficulty accessing previous applets like folder option?

Adding Right-Click Menu items to desktop especially to icons like computer and network are really useful in everyday computing.

For the Computer Icon with right-click menu items as shown above, Here’s the Registry file that can be patch for Windows 8: Download Now (version 1.0 8/31/2012)

Download here for version operable and designed for Windows 7

win8reg 

For those people who wants to customize the feature e.g. adding other items such as Folder Option applet, Administrative Tools, Restore point creator, Computer Management and many more: Use the program called WinBubble.

Winbubble can create those entries easily. Go to the Tools Tab of the program, look for the Context Menu Customization group, Click the Computer Button (If you want to create right-click menu entries for Computer Icon) or other icons and proceed with the settings below:

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Name: Folder Option

Command: control /name Microsoft.FolderOptions

Icon: C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll,202

Click the Add Button… That’s it!

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Name: Administrative Tools

Command: control /name Microsoft.administrativetools

Icon: C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll,202

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Name: Shutdown

Command: Shutdown.exe -s -t 00

Icon: C:\Windows\system32\shell32.dll,137

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Name: Restart

Command: Shutdown.exe -r -t 00

Icon: C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll,95

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Name: Sleep

Command: Rundll32.exe Powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState Sleep

Icon: C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll,192

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Name: Switch user

Command: tsdiscon.exe

Icon: C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll,83

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Name: Hibernate

Command: rundll32.exe Powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState Hibernate

Icon: C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll,27

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Name: Lock

Command: Rundll32.exe user32.dll LockWorkStation

Icon: C:\Windows\system32\imageres.dll,54

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Cool Right?!

Anyway, If your a computer enthusiast, computer expert or just studying, here’s the technical details of the tweak.

Technical details of the Commands and Windows registry

Shutdown your Computer

Shutdown.exe -s -t 00

- Force Windows to shutdown immediately

Shutdown.exe -s (After 30 seconds)

Restarting the Computer

Shutdown.exe -r -t 00

- Force Windows to close all programs and restart immediately

Sleep Computer

rundll32.exe Powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState Sleep

Lock your Computer

rundll32.exe user32.dll LockWorkStation

Switch to User

tsdiscon.exe

Hibernate Computer

rundll32.exe Powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState Hibernate

Details for Windows Registry

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
"{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"="0"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\Hibernate]
"icon"="C:\\Windows\\system32\\imageres.dll,27"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\Hibernate\command]
@="rundll32.exe Powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState Hibernate"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\Lock]
"icon"="C:\\Windows\\system32\\imageres.dll,54"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\Lock\command]
@="Rundll32.exe user32.dll LockWorkStation"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\Restart]
"icon"="C:\\Windows\\system32\\imageres.dll,95"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\Restart\command]
@="Shutdown.exe -r -t 00"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\Shutdown]
"icon"="C:\\Windows\\system32\\shell32.dll,137"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\Shutdown\command]
@="Shutdown.exe -s -t 00"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\Sleep]
"icon"="C:\\Windows\\system32\\imageres.dll,192"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\Sleep\command]
@="Rundll32.exe Powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState Sleep"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\Switch user]
"icon"="C:\\Windows\\system32\\imageres.dll,83"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\Switch user\command]
@="tsdiscon.exe"

 

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