> I am a new user learning about Unix.
> I found the shutdown command and have been using "shutdown 
> now" to shut down
> before powering off.
> When the pc boots up it complains that it was incorrectly shut down.
> Am I following an incorrect procedure?

'shutdown now' will take you to single user mode.
This is not what you want if you're ready to power off.
Use 'shutdown -h now' and wait for the 'press any key to reboot' prompt
before you power off.
To reboot, use 'shutdown -r now'.

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