Versions of Windows NT were around before the operating system was renamed to Windows 2000. These versions were also around before the ATX motherboard came out with its new soft power switch that allows various hardware devices and software to power the computer on and off.
Running a later version of Windows NT or a version of Windows such as Windows 98 gives you an operating system which is configured to automatically power off the computer when the operating shutdown process is complete. Wouldn't it be nice to have a similar facility with Windows NT?
Well thanks to the efforts of the third party software writers (again), you can do just that. One example of such software to power off your system after Windows NT has shut down is called Hewlett-Packard Soft Power-Down.
All that you have to do is to download the software and execute it while logged on to your NT system as administrator. The software will then install itself.
What this particular software does is to modify the shutdown menu. A Shutdown and Poweroff option will be added to the existing Shutdown and Shutdown and Restart options.
When you shutdown your system and select the shutdown and poweroff option, your computer will automatically turn itself off once the shutdown process is complete, just like the more recent versions of the operating system. The other options on the menu will continue to function as previously.
This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.