When I shut mine down that way, I do need to hold the button in for several seconds. During that time, I see the programs on the task bar close out, one by one. If I let go of the button before the computer actually shuts down, the programs that I had opened have been closed out even though windows is still running. That shows me that it does indeed close out programs, and does not just cut the power. The only way for me cut the power immediately, is to do just that, cut the power. To do that, I have to shut off the power strip or unplug it.
Btw, not too long ago one of the staff members here posted that setting the power off setting to shut down when the power button is pressed is suppose to make it safe to shut off the computer by pushing that button. I just now looked for the post to post as a reference but cannot find it, but it was stated here by someone on staff
Edited by Stang777, 29 April 2009 - 05:50 AM.