List members: A few days ago, I downloaded and installed 17 patches from Microsoft on my WIN98SE system. I had several days of good service from the Standby function in Start | Shut Down. Then Standby began to malfunction and it was necessary to use the main power switch and go through the Scan Disk drill to recover. After a few restarts, I got a warning message which noted that Standby was malfunctioning and asked me if I wanted to eliminate the Standby function. I clicked on yes and both Shutdown and Restart are now working normally. I'm using a 5-year-old Compaq. Shutting down with the main power switch rarely causes any errors to my drives and none of the errors have been serious. But the Scan Disk drill is a nuisance. My question: Is there a good piece of freeware or shareware which will shut down my system without fail while eliminating occasional annoying hangups? I'd prefer to hear about installed and reliable shareware. I defrag daily and hangups occur only after long sessions of web use or manipulating my files. PK -- No attachments (even text) are allowed -- -- Type: text/plain For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.