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Critical error when I press the power button to shut-down?


#1
I have for a long time, used the chassis's power button to shut computers down; there's nothing wrong with that, Windows has be designed to do this for a long time.

What I've noticed though, is that every time I use the power button, I get a critical error in event viewer: Event ID: 41 Kernal-Power 'The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly'.

Thing is, the system appears to shut-down perfectly fine!?

Any help would be much appreciated! :)

See system spec for config.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Self Build
    CPU
    3930K
    Motherboard
    Rampage IV Extreme
    Memory
    4x4 GB, DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 580
    Sound Card
    Xonar DX
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    M4 256GB
    PSU
    AX850
    Case
    Storm Trooper
    Cooling
    H100i
    Keyboard
    Sidewinder X6
    Mouse
    G9x
    Internet Speed
    60mb
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
#2
Can I Just clarify, I don't mean holding the power button down, just quick press.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Self Build
    CPU
    3930K
    Motherboard
    Rampage IV Extreme
    Memory
    4x4 GB, DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 580
    Sound Card
    Xonar DX
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    M4 256GB
    PSU
    AX850
    Case
    Storm Trooper
    Cooling
    H100i
    Keyboard
    Sidewinder X6
    Mouse
    G9x
    Internet Speed
    60mb
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

usasma

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#3
If you hold the button down to shut it off - you're going to get this error.

Shutting down by holding the button down isn't good for the OS - but you can get away with it most times. The one time that it's writing essential info when you do it - the system will crash and may not even start up. But it's your system, so it's your call.

The EventID 41 error is simply an error saying that Windows doesn't know why the OS shut down. If you shut it down gracefully (Charm Bar...Settings...Power...Shut Down) you won't get the error because Windows knows why it's shutting down.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win8.1Pro - Finally!!!
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Samsung/NP780
    CPU
    Came with the laptop (i7 of some sort)
    Motherboard
    Pretty sure that it has one, but haven't checked inside the case!
    Memory
    upgraded to 12 gB from 8 gB
    Graphics Card(s)
    has switchable - Intel/ATI - Used wrong drivers, now ATI card is inop :( Will have to fix it soon!
    Sound Card
    I'm nearly deaf, so this isn't used often
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Touchscreen on laptop/32" Toshiba on HDMI (laid the Sharp TV on a mouse and cracked the screen!)
    Screen Resolution
    800x600
    Hard Drives
    One Samsung 1tB drive - 5400 rpm. Gonna switch to a 7200/10000 rpm or an SSD (if I can find $500 for a 1tB SSD!)
    - Switched to 500 gB Samsung 840 series SSD - WOW!!!
    PSU
    Why do we ask this for laptops?
    Case
    Silver with a neat Samsung logo
    Cooling
    sub-par, gotta get around to working on it soon Worked on it - still sub-par! :(
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Natural - the same one I've used since it orignally came out around 1995
    Mouse
    no Mouse - Trackball!!!!
    Internet Speed
    too slow when I'm waiting for a download to finish
    Browser
    Yes, I use this (Firefox mostly, w/IE next most)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Windows Firewall
    Other Info
    I'm handsome and a snappy dresser :0)
#4
If you hold the button down to shut it off - you're going to get this error.

Shutting down by holding the button down isn't good for the OS - but you can get away with it most times. The one time that it's writing essential info when you do it - the system will crash and may not even start up. But it's your system, so it's your call.

The EventID 41 error is simply an error saying that Windows doesn't know why the OS shut down. If you shut it down gracefully (Charm Bar...Settings...Power...Shut Down) you won't get the error because Windows knows why it's shutting down.
Yea, I don't mean holding it down, I clarified that in my last post; I never do that!

What I'm talking about is just pressing and releasing the button... go ahead and try this... it is a perfectly normal way of shutting down a PC; it worked without issue for years under win7 and Vista.

...in fact, go look under 'Power Options', under there you will see a field on the left hand side 'Choose what the power button does'!
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Self Build
    CPU
    3930K
    Motherboard
    Rampage IV Extreme
    Memory
    4x4 GB, DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    GTX 580
    Sound Card
    Xonar DX
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    M4 256GB
    PSU
    AX850
    Case
    Storm Trooper
    Cooling
    H100i
    Keyboard
    Sidewinder X6
    Mouse
    G9x
    Internet Speed
    60mb
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender