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    minlogon -> "acpi power button can't shutdown" workaround

    Introduction
    Minlogon.exe is an XPe component which can be used on standard Windows XP installs to speed up boot time. Information about this is available on this thread:
    Using minLogon to speed up booting and decrease footprint

    This small application may be a workaround for a problem that a few people are experiencing in this thread: minlogon and now ACPI does not shutdown

    Problem description:
    After replacing winlogon.exe with minlogon, the computer's ACPI power button will not shutdown the computer if it's behaviour is set to do so in Control Panels, Power Options.

    Please note that you may not need this workaround! Many people do not have this problem. There's no need to use this workaround if your PC can shut down when you push the ACPI power button.

    This app provides a workaround:
    This application intercepts a sleep / standby message, aborts it, then tells the computer to do a poweroff / shutdown. More detailled information about what it does is included in the readme file packaged in the zip.

    Installation instructions:
    Unzip the zip file somewhere, then put a shortcut to "minlogin shutdown.exe" in your startup group (or in the appropriate registry entry if you like). Then in control panels, power options, set the computer to standby when you push the power button. Start the application. The next time you push the ACPI power button, the computer will shut down as it should.
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    Great app!!! Saved my life!!! When I turn on my system, minlogon shutdown starts up and a window comes up on my desktop. Is there a way to get rid of that window and just have it start up by being minimized in the system tray?

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    The application will start minimised in the system tray unless something's not right on startup. Usually this is because haven't set the behaviour for your ACPI Power Button to Stand By in Control Panels / Power Options.

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    Thanks. I'll give that a try.

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    what if.... like me there isnt an option for stand by? just hibernate, shutdown or ask me.
    so my computer still aint shutting itself down
    that box just keeps on popping up at startup

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    What motherboard are you using? Most modern boards support standby.. might need to turn on S1 or S3 power saving modes in your bios.

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    great...

    how can i run it like service? or starting with rr?
    i don't use explorer like shell but rr...

    for me the program shutdown the system but not hide the message, even if i set correctly the acpi button

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    Nice! Just what the doctor ordered for my TinyXP Install.

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    I was wondering if you guys ever tried the "shutown" command? I like that program as well with MinLogon, but I wonder if you guys want to try this out:

    Go to Run and type "shutdown -s -t 00"
    -s = shutdown
    -t = set timer (00s in this case)

    I think the shutdown program uses the same command... interesting anyhow.

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    Yup yup, that shutdown command should work too, but this app's just a workaround so you can still press your ACPI power button and have your system shut down like it used to before switching to minlogon.exe.

    Fyi, my app doesn't call shutdown.exe, it makes Win32 API calls to grant itself shutdown access then calls ExitWindowsEx().

    I should really post the source code here someday, just have to find where i kept it.

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