No need to pull plug.
by R. Proffitt - 12/24/12 6:59 AM
In Reply to: Old HP 5850 PC running Windows XP does not shut down by budcharm
Even that old machine would/should power down if you press and hold the power button for 4 seconds.
The issue has thousands of web pages about it so I won't duplicate prior ideas. Today if I don't spot the issue in a few minutes we reload the OS since troubleshooting costs skyrocket and the owner does not want to pay the usual 500+ bucks for a day of troubleshooting.
You bring up a good point. Did Microsoft blow it by not supply OS repair tools that actually work? It's like a car that an air filter failure means you replace the engine.