Link to Forum thread on missing boot.ini
Unfortunately, the steps taken to solve that problem have led to windows not fully shutting down when one exits the OS with the shut down command. Instead, the OS logs off the user and shuts down windows to the point of displaying an onscreen message I had not seen since Win 95, viz : "It is now safe to turn off your computer." Pressing the power button once this screen has appeared does shut down the machine. However, I would like to restore the complete soft shutdown. Apparently, this problem has appeared on other occasions when the issue of the disappearing boot.ini file has been resolved. However, none of those threads showed a solution for the issue that was applicable to this case.
Here are some overt symptoms/observations of the machine's condition.
The "Power Options Properties" window on this machine is missing the "System standby" dropdown option on the "Power Schemes" tab, and the "Advanced" tab is missing the contents of the "Power buttons" dropdown options at the bottom of the tab. The other two tabs "Hibernate" and "UPS" seem to have all their options intact.
I am seeking advice on how to return the missing choices and thereby, I hope, enalbe to computer to power down without having to manually press the "on/off" button.