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Create Shutdown Tile on Windows 8 | How to Shutdown Windows 8 from Desktop or Metro Interface

If you are using Windows 8 either as a virtual Machine or as a normal Operating System, you will miss the Shutdown Button. This is by design, that there is no shutdown button to turn off the Windows 8 computer.

However, you can follow the steps mentioned in the article to create a shortcut of shutdown your Windows 8 PC.

Windows 8 developer preview ISO Image is currently available for public download from the official Microsoft Windows website. If you like to get first hand experience on what is new in Windows 8, I strongly recommend you install it on a Virtual Machine rather than trying it on your primary computer. And if you are experiencing Problem installing Windows 8, I suggest you read my earlier post on “halinitializationfailed-error”

Steps to create shortcut for shutdown in Windows 8

  • In the Metro interface, click on the Desktop.
  • In the desktop, Right click on the empty screen, select "New" and then Select "Shortcut".

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You will see the below screen, which asks you to enter the location. Copy the following code and paste it there.`

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To create shortcut for shutdown computer, enter the following code

Shutdown.exe -s -t 00

Command To Make Windows 8 PC To Restart

Shutdown.exe -r -t 00

Command To Make Windows 8 PC To Hibernate

rundll32.exe PowrProf.dll,SetSuspendState

Command To Make Windows 8 PC To Sleep

rundll32.exe powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0

  • After entering the respective code, it will ask you to enter a name for the Shortcut. Enter the respective name.

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  • Click ok. Now, to change the icon of the shortcut, Right click on the shutdown icon and select properties and click on Change icon.
  • Select the icon you want, and click ok.

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  • Now, click on Apply and ok. You have created a shortcut for Shutdown option.

Steps To Display Shutdown Option In Windows 8 Metro Interface

  • Go to Windows Explorer. (Win+E)

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  • Enter the following code in the location bar.

%appdata%\microsoft\windows\Start Menu\Programs\

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  • After pasting, press enter, you will see Accessories folder. Open it.

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  • Now, cut the Shutdown shortcut and paste in the Accessories folder.
  • That's it, now you successfully created a Shortcut for Shutdown in the Metro interface of Windows 8 OS.

To verify it, Press Windows key, it will take to the Metro interface, type shutdown, you will see a "Shutdown App" in the Metro interface.

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We can also create a Shutdown Tile In Windows 8 Metro Interface and which will be even easy and faster to shutdown. Please follow this link to create a Shutdown Tile in Windows 8 Metro.

Note: We can not only create a shutdown Tile, But also, a Restart Tile, Hibernate Tile, Sleep Tile, and more over, we can create a Tile for any shortcut by following the instructions in this article.

Well that’s it. Try Windows 8 Now! And if you have not downloaded Windows 8, just head on to Microsoft's developer site and download it. You'll just need a PC with a 1GHz or faster processor (either 32- or 64-bit), 1GB of RAM (2GB for 64-bit), 16GB of hard disk space (20GB for 64-bit), DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver. Of course, if you want to play with Windows 8's touch abilities, you'll need a screen that supports multi-touch.

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