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.