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Critical error when I press the power button to shut-down?

  1. #1


    England
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    Windows 8 Pro x64

    Critical error when I press the power button to shut-down?


    I have for a long time, used the chassis's power button to shut computers down; there's nothing wrong with that, Windows has be designed to do this for a long time.

    What I've noticed though, is that every time I use the power button, I get a critical error in event viewer: Event ID: 41 Kernal-Power 'The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly'.

    Thing is, the system appears to shut-down perfectly fine!?

    Any help would be much appreciated!

    See system spec for config.

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  2. #2


    England
    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Can I Just clarify, I don't mean holding the power button down, just quick press.
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  3. #3


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    Win8.1Pro - Finally!!!


    If you hold the button down to shut it off - you're going to get this error.

    Shutting down by holding the button down isn't good for the OS - but you can get away with it most times. The one time that it's writing essential info when you do it - the system will crash and may not even start up. But it's your system, so it's your call.

    The EventID 41 error is simply an error saying that Windows doesn't know why the OS shut down. If you shut it down gracefully (Charm Bar...Settings...Power...Shut Down) you won't get the error because Windows knows why it's shutting down.
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  4. #4


    England
    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by usasma View Post
    If you hold the button down to shut it off - you're going to get this error.

    Shutting down by holding the button down isn't good for the OS - but you can get away with it most times. The one time that it's writing essential info when you do it - the system will crash and may not even start up. But it's your system, so it's your call.

    The EventID 41 error is simply an error saying that Windows doesn't know why the OS shut down. If you shut it down gracefully (Charm Bar...Settings...Power...Shut Down) you won't get the error because Windows knows why it's shutting down.
    Yea, I don't mean holding it down, I clarified that in my last post; I never do that!

    What I'm talking about is just pressing and releasing the button... go ahead and try this... it is a perfectly normal way of shutting down a PC; it worked without issue for years under win7 and Vista.

    ...in fact, go look under 'Power Options', under there you will see a field on the left hand side 'Choose what the power button does'!
    Last edited by TacticalTimbo; 11 Mar 2013 at 16:48. Reason: added info
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Critical error when I press the power button to shut-down?
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