Windows 7 is not shutting down properly – How to do?

By   March 13, 2013

Besides the annoying Windows Start menu not working issue, some Windows 7 users at sometimes will find it cannot shutdown properly. That is, after clicking on the “shut down” option, the computer remains on the “shut down” model until a force press on the power button. A Windows 7 computer that is not shutting down properly can be very frustrating – it at one side will greatly shorten the lifespan of the computer, and the other side may affect the good mood in using the computer. Here in this article, I will show you some steps to troubleshoot and fix some common errors that stopping Windows 7 computer from shutting down properly.

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Just as what I have ever said, when the Windows computer fails to shut down, directly press the power button to shut it down. This is the only way that you can do when the Windows 7 is not shutting down properly, and then follow these steps to troubleshoot the problem.

First of all, get the computer into safe mode – a troubleshooting mode that only starts the computer with a limited set of files and drivers. Some unneeded startup programs won’t run in safe mode, and only the basic drivers needed to start Windows are launched. To get into safe mode, just go to Start, click the arrow next to the Shut Down button, and then click Restart; at the same time, press F8 continuously to bring in the “Advanced Boot Options” screen; when it appears, use the arrow keys to highlight the safe mode option you want, and then press Enter to continue. If the behavior doesn’t remain in safe mode, it indicates that a third party program or service is preventing you from performing the action as supposed to. At this time, it is highly recommended that you can perform a clean boot to verify what the hell stops Windows 7 from shutting down correctly.

*Click Start, type msconfig into the Search box, and then press Enter.
* On the Services tab of the System Configuration dialog box, tap or click to select the Hide all Microsoft services check box, and then tap or click Disable all.
*On the Startup tab, tap or click Open Task Manager, right-click and then disable each Startup item, and then close Task Manager.
* On the System Configuration screen, tap or click Apply/OK, and then restart the computer.

If the Windows 7 computer successfully shuts down, it is a sign to tell that a third-party program or service is causing it fails to shut down. At this time, enable the services one by one to check which one causes the error and disable or uninstall it.

If the Windows 7 computer still fails to shut down properly, you should check and deal with some potential errors existing on the hardware devices. We know that the computer is made up of various hardware devices, including CPU, heatsink, and video card… After being used for a while, the computer may get dusty inside for the fan that pulls hot air outsides are always pulling in air, which laden with tiny particles of dust. When these particles cling to electronics, they act like a blanket to hold in heat. As time goes, this may cause the Windows 7 is not shutting down properly issue. So a cleaning dust and a regular maintain on the hardware is necessary regularly in order to maintain the PC performance.

After the above steps, completely scan the whole PC for any viruses and remove them all totally from the PC. Once a virus gets onto the computer, there is more than 100% certainty for your computer to run abnormally. This is because they are supposed to detect & remove any files from your computer, eat up system resources, collect & steal your personal information and so on. Once a file was mis-deleted and the computer cannot locate it correctly to shut down the PC, it will fail to shut down correctly. When your Windows 7 is not shutting down properly, do remember to download and run a powerful antivirus antispyware program to completely scan the whole PC and remove all detected viruses.

Last but not least, fix all Windows registry errors. If compared with our body, registry is considered as the heart of Windows-based OS to store all the vital settings & information. Every operation and task performed by your computer usually depends on the registry. Even though it is used to ensure the smooth running of the PC, it is very susceptible to errors and an even slight mistake in deleting an application can cause some registry errors to happen. Same as the system files, the computer will fail to shut down if cannot locate the required entries to turn it off. In my opinion, even if you are not suffered from a Windows 7 shutdown error, scanning and repairing Windows registry regularly is quite needed to ensure its proper running. You can do this easily by downloading and running a registry clean tool from the Internet for free.

Well, the Windows 7 computer is not shutting down properly is troubling lots of users right now; but with some correct measures, you are able to check and deal with this PC shutdown error effectively. Take the above steps immediately, then you can enjoy a PC pleasantly all the time.