Shutdown Windows 8.1 In Two Clicks

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Microsoft released Windows Server (“Blue”) to MSDN subscribers yesterday, ahead of the BUILD (#bldwin) conference later this week in San Francisco. The build provides us a number of clues as to what we will see in the official Windows 8.1 (Blue) preview. The server build number is 9341, the windows 8.1 preview build will be: 6.3.9431.winmain_bluemp.130615-1214.

Right clicking on the start button in Windows 8.1 will now give you the option to shutdown the machine:

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Source: Robert McLaws

Image Credits: Robert McLaws



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  • jvs

    Create a shortcut to “Shutdown /s /t 0″ and shutdown with a double click…

    • Azjerei

      That’s still two clicks, technically :P

      • jvs

        Technically you are detecting the double click event…

    • Pookiewood

      Double Click? Just pin the shortcut to your taskbar. ;)

      • jvs

        Yes, you are right.
        But I don’t like to have a single or double click shortcut to shutdown the system, who needs to shutdown anyways?

        • Pookiewood

          Yeah it’s just the setup I have for my test stations at work. :p At home not needed at all.

    • Zicoz

      Or just do alt+F4 -> Enter on the desktop

    • tomakali

      how about a single touch on the power button?

      • jvs

        Yes! LOL
        But hold it for 4 seconds on laptops.
        For desktops is faster to tap the reset button.

  • Emily the Strange

    omgg 1 click! now i wont have leprosy because i will not have to do ONE EXTRA CLICK the couple times i might shutdown my computer.
    lets hope people dont left click then! :)

    • sab0tage

      Same here, I’m used to it now. Or I’ll just hit the power button…

  • mitchbomcanhao

    Just press the same button you use to start the computer… Sheesh.

    • Zicoz

      Yeah, I don’t understand what’s so hard about just pressing a hardware button for people.

    • José Villaró

      mmm No, you first have to configure what happens on each power plan when you press each button…

  • counterblow

    I can say without a doubt I’ve never had the need to shutdown my Surface. More useless features for idiots.

    • grs_dev

      I hope the person who felt this is a must have on the critical path feels good about themselves.
      NOT trying to minimize what the engineers who implemented it accomplished. Kudos to them…

    • SteveyAyo

      Meh, ive never had to shut down my Surface but if I leave my PC on all night it turns my room into a damn sauna. Im not saying I couldn’t shut down my Windows 8 PC before with the charms menu, but this just feels more natural for the desktop… not to mention its OPTIONAL, which was the beautiful thing about Windows, how many ways you could do things.
      This is absolutely a good addition to Windows 8.

      • counterblow

        why can your computer not suspend itself automatically?

        • dudie

          Lol.

          You wouldn’t survive a day at MS.

          • counterblow

            that statement makes absolutely no sense….but considering its origin no surprise.

    • José Villaró

      Yes, but Windows 8 is not Surface exclusive, I don´t understand what people have against choices…

  • Eric Mackrodt

    I’ve never understood why people complained so much about having to go to the corner of the screen and going to settings to shutdown the computer. If it was something that you did several times while you use the computer I’d understand how annoying it’d be, but, since you just turn off the computer only once when you’re using it, I don’t see what is the trouble. And also, people forget that you can turn off the computer just by pressing the power button, it will start the shutdown process normally. If you’re using a notebook, you can configure windows to do it instead of sleeping.

  • TheNet Avenger

    You ALWAYS could shut down Windows 8 with 3 clicks. So we are in a world of playing to the less informed ‘tech’ journalists that still have these issues.

    Slide Mouse to bottom right of screen, Click Settings, Click Power, Click Shutdown

    It appear a lot of the ‘additions’ in Windows 8.1 are for the self proclaim ‘tech’ experts writing articles that are clueless rather than the majority of the population that have actually used the OS.
    (Let alone hitting the power button on the device/computer itself was too confusing for these ‘tech’ professionals as well.)

  • wp77

    Best. OS. Ever. Puts Windows 8.0 to shame.

  • Duey

    Well, that’s all well and good but newer computers (tablets and phones) don’t get turned off so Microsoft wasted some poor programmer’s time to implement a ‘feature’ that no one’s going to use. Ah, so many people, so little vision!