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Can't shut down because of Windows task host

  1. #1


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    windows 8

    Can't shut down because of Windows task host


    I have Windows 8.1 and just started having a problem where when I shut down it says Windows task host needs to close 1 program. If I leave it goes back to windows after a minute. The only way to shut down is to click close anyway. Is there a way to fix this?

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by bha19 View Post
    I have Windows 8.1 and just started having a problem where when I shut down it says Windows task host needs to close 1 program. If I leave it goes back to windows after a minute. The only way to shut down is to click close anyway. Is there a way to fix this?
    Open Task Manager, under Processes, find running programme, click on it, then click on End Task at bottom.
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    Event log could probably tell which process is halting shut down
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    Trnava
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    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64
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  5. #5


    Posts : 30
    windows 8


    I tried the fix in the thread "shutdown.reg" and that seems to have fixed it but i only tried it once.
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  6. #6

    Task Host shutdown &/or restart problems


    I found this;

    A Blog by Kashif: Windows 8.1 : Task Host is Stopping Background Tasks

    Solved the problem for me. I do not need sync to always be running. It does raise the question of why sync is causing this problem. Hope this helps.
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  7. #7


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    Windows 8.1


    I tried the Reimage Repair tool, and big SURPRISE it found errors, but wanted me to pay for a license to clean them!!
    WHAT A RIP....
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  8. #8


    For the fastest shutdown you'll ever get, make this desktop shortcut and always use it to shut down your PC.
    I've put the shortcut icon in my taskbar, for a very quick One-Click shutdown.

    %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 1

    for a REBOOT shortcut, change the /s to a /r

    I've used a similar shutdown shortcut on all my PC's ever since Windows 98 and it works great.
    My Main PC running Windows 8.1/Pro, will usually shut down in just five seconds, regardless of what programs I've left running.

    Good Luck and Happy Computing!
    TechnoMage

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