|I think this must be possible somehow, maybe even with batch files. I only wish I knew enough to be able to help. However, just to show the sort of things you can do here is an example of my shutdown batch file:|
START /W /MIN sc config Wuauserv start= demand
START /W /MIN net stop "Automatic Updates"
START /W /MIN C:\Progra~1\Clearers\Genera~1.bat
START /W /MIN C:\Progra~1\CCleaner\ccleaner.exe /AUTO
del /q "c:\micrografx has run.txt"
START /MIN c:\Windows\system32\shutdown.exe -s -t 00
What the above does is:
1. Switch the Auto Updates Service to Manual.
2. Stop Auto Updates Service from running
3. Run a clean-up batch file (Genera~1.bat)
4. Run CCleaner (ccleaner.exe /AUTO)
5. Delete a text file (micrografx has run.txt)
6. Shut down the system (last line).
I appreciate that only number 6 is of any interest but the above does show that you can apply many tricks before shut-down. There is defintely a way to get Yes / No actions in batch files but I've never had need to do so. See here:
Note that the "choice" command is not part of XP (old W98 command) although the choice.exe file can be downloaded and run from c:windows\system32. The XP version is "Set", see here:
Maybe someone will eventually pop along who can help with the detail. Visiting some Batch File forums or information websites might help. It's a pity you didn't put this in the Programming forum but it's too late now because double posting is against the forum rules - well, maybe you'll get away with it if you wait a long time and then reword.
I trust that the foregoing at least gives you some "hope" and perhaps some ideas. Have fun!
What's the time?