A bunch of sites are reporting that a bug is preventing some Windows 7 users from shutting down.
As far as I can tell, while the bug first arose about a week ago, Microsoft has still not addressed the issue (including users who pay for extended support as far as I can tell). Workarounds exist, although Microsoft should provide another freebee patch. It looks like, for some reason, Windows 7 decides that shutdown requires login credentials that are higher than a normal admin user.
Note that, while people recommend the Group Policy fix, I have seen a few comments on Reddit of people complaining about side-effects. That said, the complaints did not mention any specific symptom, so it could be okay.For the time being, it’s better to just shutdown with one of the following two methods:
- Log out and use the shutdown button on the login screen
- Shutdown from the button on Task Manager (ctrl + alt + delete)
Let us know in the comments (if you still run Windows 7) whether or not you are affected by the issue.
I have 6 computers running Windows 7 Pro with the last possible updates. No Problems as of yet, on daily use. I have 2 laptops with Windows 10 Pro. No Problems except shutdown, occasionally.
Nice! Thanks for sharing.
No problems and I won’t update!
What about shutdown -s -t -0 bat file?
One PC using Win 7. I have not experienced either major issue caused by that final Win 7 patch.
1 Acer running 7. Already had issues turning on, not off. Another Acer running 10, green pixelation bottom half of screen the goes away when you turn full screen on/off about 2 days ago.
I will continue to use Windows 7, I love it. I have had no issues for all these years. I updated 3 other of my PC’s and used a tweeker called Winero. I don’t know what happened, but when I click on This PC, I can’t see the drive letters. I am very unsure about this upgrade. I should have never listened to all the hype. I wish I could redo it again from scratch.
Running Windows 7.Have had no issues to date. Love7. Do not plan to upgrade until better reports on Windows 10.
Well I take care of three lenovo’s and Adele….. I’ll leave that just the way it is dot-dot-dot and I have observed longer than usual shut down times on a couple of them. I tend to prefer hibernation. As long as I’m here, though, I really do not like the trend towards gray text on any kind of background, this included. I don’t think this is industry standard and best practices, it’s extremely difficult to read.
Easiest fix is using the Windows Repair from Tweaking.com . Resets all registry permissions and works on Home and Pro unlike gpedit.
My problem has been…once I shut down, I have Major trouble booting back up. Sometimes it takes Days, and then it just comes up as normal. Everything seems fine, machine-wise. I suspected a hard drive problem but it checks out OK. Nothing else ‘seems’ to be amiss… no malware, viruses, nor spyware.
My cure for now? Leave it turned on, but shut down the external drives, monitor and sound system. I like “7”; and have no desire to go to ’10.’
(Windows 7 Home Premium, 32 bit)