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When I turn off my windows 8.1 desktop it stays on

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    When I turn off my windows 8.1 desktop it stays on

    Whenever I turn off my windows 8.1 desktop it doesn't actually shut down. I can hear the computer running still and all the LED lights are still on but there is no video. Can somebody help me with this?

    Computer specs:
    Graphics card: GTX 650
    Processor: AMD FX series 8320 8-core
    Power supply: 600 Watt
    Sry I cant remember the rest Il look them up soon
    Thank you.

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    It sounds like you're getting some version of "Sleep" or "Hibernation" and not "OFF".

    Since Windows 98 days, I've used and shared a 'Quick Shutdown' icon on my desktop. It's really a shortcut to the built in Shutdown program with switches to FORCE the closure of all open programs and files and then a shutdown. On my XP desktop, my Quick shutdown shortcut gets the PC DOWN and OFF in 5 to 8 seconds. On Win 8.1 it's a few seconds longer, but still FAST! It never fails!!

    So try this shortcut, on your desktop.

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

    You may want to copy and paste, because every space is important.

    I think MS made the shutdown operation on 8 and 8.1, way too complicated. I'm afraid that there will be all too many users pressing the power button to shut down their PC, or just shutting off a power switch. Bad news!!!
    The proper shutdown routine is not well documented at all.

    Good Luck,

    PS: Often, during an install or upgrade, etc., you may just want to do a quick REBOOT of the PC.
    Or actually many reboots. Eh?

    This Reboot shortcut on your desktop will do that for you, and quickly too.

    %windir%\Sysem32\shutdown.exe /r /t 0 /f

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    It says that what i typed in is wrong but I copied and pasted it?
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    Windows 8 shutdown bug

    When I shutdown my computer it doesn't actually shut down. It starts to shut down and when the video cuts out all the LED lights are still on and fans turning? Any ideas?
    Last edited by Brink; 12 May 2014 at 16:50. Reason: moved to original thread
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    win8.1.1 enterprise

    give this tutorial a try worked for me ,it will add shutdown to the desktop right click content '
    Shut Down - Add to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8
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    You may want to check your power settings to see what action will be applied when you press the power button.
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When I turn off my windows 8.1 desktop it stays on
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