Solved how do I start up and shut down PC bought from Argos

September 24, 2013 at 06:13:24
Specs: Windows XP
As a computer novice any advice will be welcome as the problem is I dont know how to begin the computer being bought from Argos who do not provide any advice.

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September 24, 2013 at 07:01:23
Assuming you have connected it all up properly, to start it you press the power-on button on the front of the system case.

To shut it down properly:

1. Mouse over the little gadget in the lower right corner of the screen. (You can also move your mouse cursor to the upper left corner; same result. Or, you can press Windows-C on your keyboard.)

2. In the slide-out menu (known as the Charms Bar) that appears, click Settings.

3. Click the Power button, and then click your desired action: Sleep, Shut down, or Update and restart.

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September 24, 2013 at 10:29:15
Phill's answers to shutting down are correct if you are indeed running Windows 8. However you listed your OS as being XP in which case the shutdown options will be different. Post back if in fact you are running XP.

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September 24, 2013 at 11:29:35
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There is a long, horizontal bar that stretches across the whole length of the screen. It's usually at the very bottom of the screen. On the left, it has the Start button. On the right, it has the Notification area which includes the clock. This horizontal bar is called the Task bar.
As mentioned, the Start button is on the left. In Windows XP, it actually says "Start". In Windows 7, it's the Windows logo in an orb shape and is nicknamed the "Windows Orb". Either way, click it to open the Start Menu. Additionally, there are two special keys on your keyboard that also open it.

They have the Windows logo on them and are positioned on the left and right for quick access with either hand. They're each located between the Ctrl and Alt keys.
With the Start menu opened, it's a little different between Windows XP and Windows 7.
Windows XP: Click "Turn off computer" and the screen will darken but a new window will popup fully colored in the middle. Click "Turn off" on this new window.
Windows 7: The button simply says "Shut down". If you wanted more options, such as to restart the computer, you can click the little arrow adjacent to the "Shut down" button and see a list of options.
Using this method in which you inform the operating system to shut down is called a "Soft shutdown" or "Regular shutdown". If you hold the power button, it's called a "Hard shutdown" or "Forced shutdown". Unless you have good reason to do so, you should always use a soft/regular shutdown so that the operating system can perform its regular procedures in closing down open programs and such.
As THX was pointing out, your supplied computer specifications say you're running Windows XP, but you posted in the Windows 8 area of the forum. It's really no problem at all, just please personally clarify in the future.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.

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