When out of town on an audit there are times when I need to shutdown my laptop (rather than just letting it go to sleep) but I don't want to take the time or chance any problems when installing Windows updates. For example, I needed to get to a bank for a meeting and installing updates first thing in the morning wasn't what I need to happen (especially when one was Windows 7 Service Pack 1 which would take a long time to install).

The problem is when I use the Start button to select shutdown, the only option I have is install updates first then shutdown. A co-worker showed me there is a plain shutdown option available if you use Alt-F4 - easiest if all windows are minimized. That's a good one to know! [more]