- Freeware Shutdown Stopper
In Chapter 12, we briefly discussed the procedures for troubleshooting shutdown
problems and performing emergency shutdown (when your system stops responding,
when you cannot shutdown normally, or if you simply need to shut down quickly and
prevent any current information from being saved). However, situatuations when you
want to prevent your system from being shut down are not uncommon either. Consider,
for example, a case where a software installation program doesn't give you any options
and reboots the system immediately (although most install programs usually ask the user
whether it is desirable to reboot now or wait until later).
If this is the case, consider the Shutdown Stopper freeware utility, which stops your PC
from shutting down by aborting the shutdown process. Shutdown Stopper runs in the
Windows Notification Tray (Fig. 14.18). To use the program, simply run it and
shutdowns will be disabled. You can either right-click on the application's icon to bring
up a menu with options or left-click and open the main program window. Either way lets
you enable or disable shutdowns, exit the program, or turn off shutdown notifications so
you won't be told when a shutdown attempt has occurred. Other options, such as running
a command when a shutdown attempt occurs are only available from the main window's
Setup tab (Fig. 14.19).
Figure 14.18: Shutdown Stopper runs in the Windows Notification Tray
Figure 14.19: The Setup tab of the Shutdown Stopper window
To download this useful little tool, visit http://www.otbsw.com.