Hi Paul, Windows has a habit of forgetting the 'shutdown patch' that MS created. <http://www.microsoft.com/windows98/downloads/contents/WURecommended/S_WUFeat ured/Win98SE/Default.asp> Windows 98 Second Edition Shutdown Supplement 502 KB | 4 Min @ 28.8 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- --- Read Me First The Windows 98 Second Edition Shutdown Supplement addresses shutdown issues on systems with specific hardware/software configurations running Windows 98 Second Edition. These issues include systems restarting when selecting shutdown and systems hanging on shutdown. NOTE: This supplement has been updated as of November, 1999. Please install this latest version. Microsoft recommends the troubleshooting steps outlined in the KB article How to Troubleshoot Windows 98 Second Edition Shutdown Problems. If, after following the steps outlined in this article, the system continues to exhibit shutdown problems, then Microsoft suggests applying this update. Microsoft has also learned that some customers were replacing the Windows 98 Second Edition version of CONFIGMG.VXD with the Windows 98 version to address shutdown issues. Microsoft strongly recommends that users do not do this. This is an untested scenario that could result in blue screens, ACPI errors and hardware failures. This update will check to see if the appropriate version of CONFIGMG.VXD is installed on the system and replace any older versions with the Windows 98 Second Edition version. ++ There is more on the web site. I have seen a couple of systems where it needs to be downloaded and re installed. I recommend doing a 'Save As' when you download it so you can reapply it again if it reoccurs. Mike ~ It is a good day if I learned something new. Editor MikesWhatsNews see ~ http://www3.telus.net <mikeswhatsnews-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx?Subject=subscribe> See my Anti-Virus pages <http://www3.telus.net/mikebike/mikes virus page.htm> <virusinfo-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx?Subject=subscribe> A Technical Support Alliance Charter Member *********** REPLY SEPARATOR *********** On 26/11/2003 at 7:39 PM Paul M. King wrote: 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 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.