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windows 8.1 pro will not restart or shutdown

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8

    windows 8.1 pro will not restart or shutdown


    Whenever i try to shutdown or restart my laptop,the screen turns of but the wifi and the hdd don't,so i have to turn it of by holding the power button.I have tried several tweaks including turning of fast boot but to no avail.This problem started after a windows update,i tried to uninstall the updates and it still didn't work,Restoring the system was not a solution also.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Hi see if this helps , right click on the desktop to create a new shortcut , copy and past this,

    shutdown.exe /s /t 0

    into the field that opens .click ok ,it will create a icon on the desktop ,you can right click on it go to properties to change the icon if you wish ,myself I use the big red X. now click on the new shortcut to shutdown windows and see how it goes ,hope this helps
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    To insure that the shortcut runs, use a little more definitive shortcut, that uses a short path statement.

    %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0

    Change the /s to /r and you get a Reboot Shortcut.

    The Shutdown shortcut dates all the way back to windows 98, although it's changed a little.

    If the above shortcut does not work, Windows is broken and needs to be reinstalled.
    Using a Backup made right after the first install, would fix it.

    Good Luck!
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windows 8.1 pro will not restart or shutdown
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