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spontaneous shutdowns

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1

    spontaneous shutdowns


    About once or twice a month, Win 8.1 will spontaneously shut down and require a cold boot. I've never had this happen in 20 years of using other versions of the Win OS. There doesn't appear to be any obvious cause - it's happened during times of no user input or while typing an email or whatever. Any ideas? Thanks! ...Steve

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  2. #2


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    I see by your specs you are still running Vista OS. Maybe time to upgrade to Windows 8.1, it may help fix your problem and have your system more up to date.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1


    Sorry, didn't realize I needed to change this in the profile. I'm running 8.1
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  4. #4


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Even though your Specs say Vista, I assume you are concerned about a machine with 8.1 on it.

    Have you tried running the sfc /scannow & Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth commands ?
    They work with 8.1.
    Not with Vista.

    I put them in a batch file for ease of use.
    Here is a picture of them in Notepad:

    Click image for larger version

    You can scan it yourself if you wish:

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    Here it is for downloading:

    dism.bat

    If you care to try it, after downloading it right click it & click Properties & Unblock it:

    Click image for larger version

    Then right click it & click Run as administrator:

    Click image for larger version

    It takes about 2 hours or so to finish.
    It might help solve your problem.
    It won't hurt to try it.
    Last edited by David Bailey; 09 Jun 2014 at 17:45.
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