Solved GPEDIT Shutdown Script for XP Home

Dell Dimension 8300 desktop
October 5, 2011 at 19:01:55
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.20GHz, 4 Gigabytes RAM
Hello All:
On my XP Home computer, I copied the files from an XP Pro Installation to run GPEDIT.MSC, and it does work now. The problem is, the changes that I set in it never take effect. I have tried it with GPUPDATE.EXE, and the following result comes out:

Refreshing Policy...

Failed to refresh User Policy. Error - The system cannot find the file specified
. Exiting...
Failed to refresh Computer Policy. Error - The system cannot find the file speci
fied. Exiting...

So this is 2 questions. How can I fix the applying changes problems?, and if I can't get GPEDIT working, How do I make a shutdown script run?

Thanks for your help in advance,
RMT2

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Also, here is a list of all of the files that I have copied over to the XP Home installation:

gpedit.msc
gpedit.dll
gptext.dll
fde.dll
fdedeploy.dll
gpupdate.exe
***All of the .ADM Files***

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October 7, 2011 at 13:51:50
Why is the Edit icon no longer there at the top of my posts ?
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#1
October 5, 2011 at 20:34:12

Found on the web...

"The Group Policy Editor interface only
works in XP Pro....."

"....gpedit can't be used in XP Home. However try the following utility from
Doug Knox:

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp... "


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#2
October 6, 2011 at 15:50:04
I have already downloaded it, and it doesn't let me setup scripts that run on shutdown, so it doesn't fulfill my needs. Does anyone know of any programs that will let you run shutdown scripts?

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#3
October 7, 2011 at 08:39:32
What do you want to be able to do ?

E.g.
if all you want is to be able to do is shut down the computer at a specific time, you don't need to make your own custom script - just search the web for:
shut down windows at a specific time
or similar to find solutions that are already out there..


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#4
October 7, 2011 at 09:21:25
What I am trying to do is run a batch file after I am logged off that will start Task Manager. I have already tested this successfully with a Windows 2000 Pro machine, via Virtual PC, but now I want to run it on my XP Home Host OS. The point of doing this is that some of the services are stopped, and all of the MSCONFIG processes are stopped, so the only things left running are the OS Services and Processes. Then, I can defrag my hard disk, and do other maintenance without all kinds of programs accessing the drives. It may sound like it is not worth it, but I'd still like to try and use it.

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#5
October 7, 2011 at 13:45:22
"I have already tested this successfully with a Windows 2000 Pro machine, via Virtual PC, but now I want to run it on my XP Home Host OS."

If you mean Microsoft's Virtual PC, formerly made by Connectix, the older versions of Virtual PC - 2004 and 2007 - support being used in XP.

Windows Virtual PC
Support: Virtual PC 2007
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vi...

VIRTUAL PC 2004 FAQ!
http://www.gameboomers.com/Members/...

Older versions of Virtual PC - 2004 and 2007
Version 2004 was definitely released before Windows 7 and Windows Vista was.
http://www.oldversion.com/Virtual-P...

Virtual PC 2004 SP1
http://www.microsoft.com/download/e...
.....

Defrag used to be a very useful tool that could improve performance significantly after it had been run, but running it in 2000 and up on modern relatively fast PCs makes very little difference. You'll never get more than, say, a 5% improvement in performance from running it, and the partition Windows 2000 and up was installed on will be fragmented again in a very short time, the less free space on the partitiion there is, the faster that will happen.
If Windiows 2000 and up is running a lot slower than just, say, 5% slower, than it once was, it isn't file fragmentation that's the major problem that's causing Windows to be slower.

Usually just running Defrag in Safe mode allows it to finish running in the least amount of time , without you having to do anything else, in most casesyou, since loading Windows in Safe mode doesn't load a lot of things that are loaded when you load Windows normally.


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#7
October 7, 2011 at 19:19:46
LOL Looks like an Update gone WRONG!!!

On the problem subject, I guess I could do it in Safe Mode. Thanks for your help,
RMT2

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