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Pc won't shutdown or sleep, only restart

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    Pc won't shutdown or sleep, only restart


    Hi there,

    I was running Windows 7 home premium on my pc on a 2TB hdd, and it was running fine, I had a 500GB as a separate hdd aswell, attached at the time. So I installed windows 8 on the 500GB hdd, activated it, tried to restart, I restarts, but now in both windows 8 and 7, I am having trouble:

    In windows 8:
    Press shutdown, it does nothing, press restart, it restarts, press sleep, it restarts.

    In windows 7:
    press shutdown, it restarts, press restart, it restarts, press sleep, it restarts.

    What must I do?!

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 64


    Hi, I had the exact same issue and tried ALL of the tricks from many sites.
    The best clue came from someone who was suggesting that hardware drivers were the key to this problem and it seemed logical.
    My problem was from a USB 4 port hub. I pulled the plug on it and everything went back to normal. I guess front USB ports could cause the same problem.
    While this fixed my issues, I have read laptop users with the same or similar issues. I guess their best bet is to update the latest drivers from their manufacturer.
    Hope it helps.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vamoose View Post
    Hi there,

    I was running Windows 7 home premium on my pc on a 2TB hdd, and it was running fine, I had a 500GB as a separate hdd aswell, attached at the time. So I installed windows 8 on the 500GB hdd, activated it, tried to restart, I restarts, but now in both windows 8 and 7, I am having trouble:

    In windows 8:
    Press shutdown, it does nothing, press restart, it restarts, press sleep, it restarts.

    In windows 7:
    press shutdown, it restarts, press restart, it restarts, press sleep, it restarts.

    What must I do?!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Pc won't shutdown or sleep, only restart
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