It can be very frustrating when you want to shut down your computer but it is just not doing so. Your computer is either restarting automatically or not shutting down completely, or the shutdown process takes way longer than it normally should. Common reasons for computer won’t shut down completely include: corrupted drivers, malfunctions in the power plan or simply using Windows 10 Fast Startup mode. Computer shutdown problems are not only common among Windows users. Mac users can also run into similar problems when trying to turn off their computers. With Mac users, the most common shutdown problems include the shutdown process taking longer than normal or the shutdown process freezing. In this article, we will try to provide quick and easy solutions to all of the above-listed shutdown issues for both Windows and Mac users.
Troubleshooting Power Settings
If you suspect that incorrect power settings might be causing your computer’s shutdown issues, then open Windows’ Power Troubleshooter which will detect and fix any abnormal behavior in your computer’s power plan. If you are using Windows 8, type “Troubleshooting” in Windows’ search box and select “System & Security”. Run a scan on your power plan to detect and fix any issues. On Windows 10 systems follow: Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Power.
Check for Device Driver Updates
If Windows Troubleshooter did not return any results, then we have to dig deeper and look for other potential reasons for your computer to shut down hard. One of these includes a corrupt driver. If you have a corrupted drive and you want to shut down your computer or switch to sleep mode, the corrupted drive will be unable to comply with the shutdown process and thus abort the entire process. This issue can be resolved in two steps. First, download a driver scanner and run the program to check for any drivers that need to be updated. Then, search for the latest updates of the outdated drivers and download them to your computer. There are programs that are capable of doing both steps for you. For example, Uniblue DriverScanner will both scan your drivers and update them safely.
Disable Fast Startup
If you own a computer running Windows 10, then you must have heard of the newly introduced Fast Startup mode (named Fast Boot in Windows 8). Fast startup is basically a hybrid type of startup that significantly speeds up the booting up process of your computer. However, this mode still has a lot of bugs and can be the cause of certain shutdown issues. To disable the Fast Startup mode, open the Control Panel on your computer and search for Power Options. Next, click on “Choose what the power button does” and select “Change settings that are currently unavailable”. Now uncheck the “Turn on fast startup box” and save your changes.
Normally, shutting down a MAC should not take more than 10-15 seconds. However, if you find yourself sitting there for over half a minute, do not get impatient. Sometimes the shutdown process will take up to 1 minute if you have a lot of files open and many processes running. The system will need some time to sort out and end these processes before it can shut down the computer properly. To speed up the shutdown process, you can close all the running apps manually before hitting the shutdown button. This way no frozen apps will interfere with the shutdown process.
Force Shutdown If Frozen (Mac)
If your cursor does not react to any mouse movement then chances are that your computer has frozen. First, try holding the power button for 2 seconds or so. If the dialog box asking whether you want to shut down does not appear, you are going to have to hard reboot your computer. Force shutting down is not the most system friendly method but in this case, you have no other option. Press and hold the power button until your Mac’s screen goes black and turns off. Wait for a few minutes before you turn on your computer again. Unfortunately, by hard rebooting your Mac, all your unsaved projects will be closed without being saved, so only do it as a last resort.
Having shut down issues with your computer is more common than you probably would think. You must have had at least once difficulties turning off your computer so you know how frustrating it can be. There are various underlying reasons that be causing your computer to not shut down properly. So figuring out the source of the problem is key to solving it. In this article, we have mentioned a couple of common reasons for why your computer might not be shutting down the way you want it to be. From hardware issues to misconfigured power plans anything can be blamed for shutdown issues.
However, sometimes the issue is more complex and none of the above-mentioned solutions will fix the problem. In this case, it is advisable to consult a professional technician regarding the problem. Often the solution is simply patience. When you are having trouble shutting down your computer for the first time, just give the system a break. This will allow it to sort things out and prepare for the shutting down process.In case your computer shutdown is occupying your time over and over again, you will have to take extra steps to resolve the issue as there is definitely some underlying problem. If you have encountered any shutdown problems and have managed to fix it successfully with a method not mentioned here, let us know in the comments how you did it.