Logging off, restarting and shutting down your PC.

Logging off

When you have finished using the computer you should close down your network session by logging off. You should always log off the PC when you go home.

To log off and finish your network session:

  1. Click on Start
  2. Click on Log Off username
  3. You will then see the Log Off Windows box
  4. Click on the Log Off button

After a few moments you will then return to the Windows XP logon screen.

Restarting your PC

Problems with running software on your PC can sometimes be solved by shutting down and restarting XP. CIS recommend that you restart the PC regularly (say once a week) as this can help to avoid problems.

To Restart your PC:

  1. Make sure you are logged off
  2. Hold down the three keys Ctrl/Alt/Delete
  3. Click on the Shutdown button. You will then be asked What do you want the computer to do?
  4. From the drop down list, select the Restart button and click OK

This will shut down the PC and then immediately restart the XP operating system. You can then logon as normal

Shutting down your PC

Rarely, it may be necessary to switch the PC off (e.g. if it is to be moved to another location).

To shutdown your PC:

  1. Follow the instructions as given for restarting your PC, but select Shutdown instead of Restart.
  2. When the shutdown procedure is complete, the PC will either switch itself off automatically, or display the message: It is now safe to turn off your computer
  3. You can now switch the machine off. When it is next switched on the machine will boot up and eventually you will see the logon screen.

Do not follow the shutdown procedure and then leave the machine switched on at the shutdown screen before you go home at night - you must leave it at the logon screen.

Page last modified 11 August 2011.

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