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Solved Windows 8 wont Shut Down

Capt Navarre

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When I go to shut down, I get the above message. If I hit Cancel multiple times the screen eventually goes off, but the computer remains on with hard-drive activity continuing. I have to do a forced shut-down to turn it off.

In Sleep mode everything works properly. I have no drive F:
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  • OS
    Windows 8


I a also having this issue. What I do is so far all I do is sign off FIRST then scroll over to the power button on the bottom right of the screen and then choose Shutdown from there. But I guess the shutdown shortcut would work too....?

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  • OS
    Windows 8: RP


Mr. Cranky Pants
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I used to use the Win and R keys to open the Run dialog.
Then use the shutdown /s command to force a shutdown.
You can also create a shortcut and pin it to the task bar that'll do the same thing (I have one that sleeps my system now).

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    Win8.1Pro - Finally!!!
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