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The “Windows 11 slow shutdown” is a problem that Windows users have been experiencing for some time. There are 9 fixes to fix the issue.


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  • It’s possible that third-party software or even a Windows update is preventing the machine from shutting down.
  • The prolonged waking period of the PC may impede the performance and lifespan of key components, therefore a remedy is required.
  • If none of the other options work, you can always reset the computer to reinstall all of the system settings and applications while preserving all of your personal data.



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Shutting down the computer after each use is a chore that nearly everyone does on a daily basis. Not only does this save energy, but it also provides much-needed rest to the computer’s components, ensuring their life and optimum performance.

The importance of correctly shutting down a computer is seldom understood by users, at least until the machine fails to shut down on demand. If your machine is likewise experiencing this strange problem, you’ve come to the correct spot.

Finding a solution to a software-based issue is generally simple and fast. Fortunately, there are several simple solutions for Windows 11 not shutting down that may be utilized.

Why isn’t my PC in Windows 11 shutting down?


Your Windows 11 machine may not be shutting down correctly for a variety of reasons. It’s possible that third-party software on the system is blocking the shutdown, or that a newly loaded update is to blame.

If you’re using a mobile device, your machine’s Fast Startup feature may be the source of the problem. As previously said, there are many options.

Although resolving the problem is rather straightforward, each solution requires a unique strategy. As a result, it’s possible that you’ll need to try several remedies to fully resolve the issue.

Furthermore, if you’ve just switched from macOS to Windows, keep in mind that they’re set to Do Nothing even when the actual Power button is pushed. If that’s the case, there’s a fast and simple remedy that just takes a few seconds.

How can I get Windows 11 to shut down properly?

1. Change the settings on the power button.

  1. To launch the Run Command utility, first use the Windows+R shortcut on your keyboard. To open Control Panel, enter control and click the OK button.1633590390_13_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  2. Select the Power Options tile from the Control Panel window.1633590391_546_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  3. Then, in the top left part of the Power Options box, select the Choose what the power buttons do option.1633590391_823_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  4. After that, choose Shut down from the drop-down box next to the When I hit the power button area.1633590392_282_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  5. Select Shut down from the Plugged in column’s drop-down menu as well.1633590392_72_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  6. Finally, to make the changes, click the Save changes option.1633590393_966_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes

Keep in mind that this option only affects the physical Power button on your device and has no effect on the Power menu that appears in the Start Menu.

2. Revert to a previous version of Windows.

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This technique is only useful if you’ve just gotten an update and are now experiencing the problem. If the issue existed before the upgrade, this may not be the best option.

  1. On the taskbar, click on the Start Menu icon. Then, from the flyout, choose the Settings option.1633590394_149_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  2. Then, from the left panel of the Settings window, choose the Windows Update tab. Then, on the right-hand side of the window, click the Update history tile.1633590394_926_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  3. Now, scroll down to the Related settings area and click on the Uninstall updates tile. This will open a new window on your computer screen.1633590395_344_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  4. Select the most recently installed update from the separate window. Then, on the window’s right, click the Uninstall button.1633590395_513_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  5. After you’ve removed it, try restarting your computer from the Start Menu and then closing it off. Your problem should be fixed at this point.1633590396_303_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes

3. Turn off the Fast Startup feature.

  1. On the taskbar of the computer, click the Search button. To access the Control Panel, enter Control in the search box and select the Control Panel tile from the search results.1633590396_404_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  2. Then, from the grid of choices, choose the Power Options tile.1633590397_235_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  3. Then, from the top left part of the window, choose Choose what closing the lid accomplishes.1633590398_974_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  4. Then, on the page, select the Change settings that are presently unavailable option.1633590398_789_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  5. Under the Shutdown options section, uncheck the Turn on quick startup (recommended) option. Then, to implement the changes, select the Save changes option.1633590399_369_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  6. Finally, from the Start Menu, restart your computer.1633590399_282_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes

The Fast Startup function, as the name implies, allows your computer to start up faster. However, it sometimes interferes with and stops the computer from shutting down correctly.

Disabling the Fast Startup option should certainly work for you if you have a desktop computer and notice that the fans and lights of some components stay on even after the machine has been shut down.

4. Use the Windows Update Troubleshooter to find out what’s wrong with your computer’s updates.

  1. To do so, go to the computer’s taskbar and click the Start Menu icon. Then, to open the Settings app, choose the Settings option.1633590400_414_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  2. Then, on the left side of the window, select the System tab. Then, on the right side of the window, click the Troubleshoot tile.1633590400_601_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  3. Then, on the Other troubleshooters tile, click.1633590401_847_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  4. Finally, to launch the troubleshooter, find the Windows Update tile and click the Run button on it. Then, if and when Windows suggests it, take the steps to resolve the problem.1633590401_295_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixesIf the present problem is caused by an unusually behaving Windows Update client, the Windows Update troubleshooter will efficiently fix it.

5. Execute the command SFC (System File Checker).

  1. On your keyboard, use the Windows+X shortcut. From the Start Menu icon, a flyout menu will appear.
  2. Then, on the flyout, choose the Windows Terminal (Admin) option. A UAC window will appear on your screen as a result of this.1633590402_316_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  3. If you haven’t already, enter the credentials for an admin account in the UAC (User Account Control) box. Otherwise, press the Yes key to start the Windows Terminal.1633590403_354_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  4. Then, choose the Command Prompt option by clicking on the carat icon (downward arrow). You may also launch an elevated Command Prompt tab by using the Ctrl+Shift+2 shortcut.1633590403_80_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  5. To run the system file checks, enter or copy+paste the following command into the Command Prompt window. The command may take some time to execute; please wait until it is finished.sfc/ SCANNOW sfc/ SCANNOW sfc/ SCAN1633590404_317_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  6. Following the completion of the procedure, you may get one of the following messages:
    • There were no integrity breaches discovered by Windows Resource Protection.
    • The requested operation could not be completed by Windows Resource Protection.
    • Windows Resource Protection discovered and successfully restored corrupt files. The CBS has further information. WinDir%LogsCBSCBS.log%LogsCBSCBS.log%LogsCBSCBS.log%LogsCBSC
    • Windows Resource Protection discovered several damaged files, but it was unable to repair them. The CBS has further information. WinDir%LogsCBSCBS.log%LogsCBSCBS.log%LogsCBSCBS.log%LogsCBSC
  7. If the final message from the list is received, you must manually locate the damaged file from the sfc file log and get a known good copy of the file from another machine running the same version of Windows.
  8. Otherwise, go to the Start Menu and restart the computer to see whether the problem has been fixed.1633590404_270_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes

Any corrupted and/or damaged system files will be detected and repaired by the SFC scanning. If you’ve made system restore points, there’s a chance you’ll run into the same problem again.

The DISM command may be used to recover system installation files. Check out our comprehensive reference to DISM commands for additional information.

6. Execute the chkdsk command.

  1. To begin, use the Windows+X keyboard shortcut. From the Start Menu icon, this will launch a flyout. Then, from the drop-down menu, choose Windows Terminal (Admin).1633590405_934_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  2. Then, if you’re already signed in with an admin user account, either input the admin credentials on the UAC box or just click the Yes button.1633590405_748_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  3. Then, from the Windows Terminal window, choose the Command Prompt option by clicking the carat icon (downward arrow).1633590406_266_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  4. Then, to start the scan, enter or copy+paste the following command and press Enter:chkdsk /f /f /f /f /f /f /f1633590406_910_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  5. Now, from the Start Menu, restart the system, as chkdsk will check and repair problems on your disk while it is starting up.1633590407_669_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixesBefore starting up, the chkdsk program will check for and repair any damaged sectors on your hard drive. Once the computer has booted up, try shutting it down to see whether the problem has been addressed.

7. Perform a System Restore.

  1. To do a system restoration, go to the task bar’s Start Menu icon and choose the Settings option from the flyout. Alternatively, you may use the Windows+I keyboard shortcut to open the program.1633590408_682_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  2. Then, on the left-hand side of the screen, choose the System tab. Then, on the right side of the window, click the About tile.1633590408_560_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  3. Now, go to the Related links area and choose System Protection. This will open a new window on your computer screen.1633590409_655_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  4. Select System Restore from the newly opened window.1633590409_956_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  5. Next, either select the Recommended restore option by selecting the radio button preceding the option to undo the most recent change, or select the option to undo the most recent change by selecting the option to undo the most recent change by selecting the option to undo the most recent change by selecting the option to Otherwise, click Choose a different restore point to manually choose the point to which the system should be rolled back. Then, to continue, click on the Next button.1633432480_490_How-to-fix-broken-registry-items-in-Windows-11
  6. If you want to choose a restore point manually, click the Next button after selecting the appropriate restore point for your system.1633590410_979_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  7. Windows will show the disks that will be affected by the system restore on the following screen. Click the Scan for Impacted Programs button to view a full list of programs that are affected. Finally, click the Finish option to begin the process of restoring the system.1633590411_415_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes

Every time the system undergoes a significant planned update or a new software install, a system restore point is generated to assist the user in rolling back in the event that anything goes wrong.

8. Restart your computer.

  1. To begin, open the Settings app from your Windows 11 computer’s Start Menu.1633590411_72_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  2. Then, on the left panel of the window, click the System tab, and then on the Recovery tile to the right of the Settings window.1633590412_976_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  3. After that, go to the Recovery options area and select the Reset PC button. This action will cause a new window to appear on your screen.1633590413_298_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  4. Then choose the Keep everything option to keep your personal data intact while just resetting the system settings and applications. Otherwise, choose the option to remove everything.1633590413_59_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  5. To reinstall system files, Windows now has the option of downloading them from Microsoft’s server or using the files already on the machine. By clicking on the desired choice, you may choose it.1633590414_776_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  6. The current settings for resetting the PC will be displayed on the following screen by Windows. To continue, click the Next button at the bottom of the window.1633590414_954_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes
  7. Finally, to reset your computer, press the Reset button. Please keep in mind that your computer may restart multiple times throughout the reset procedure, which is normal.1633590415_896_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixes

Resetting the PC fully reinstalls system data and applications, as the name implies. Even if all else fails, this will almost certainly solve the problem.

Is it okay if I never turn off my computer?

By never shutting off the computer, the RAM, storage devices, system caches, and other key components of the machine are never given a chance to rest, putting them under severe stress.

In the case of prolonged use, the computer’s physical components may limit their performance in order to manage the heat they emit, which has a direct effect on performance and, as a result, makes the computer seem sluggish.

1633590415_966_Windows-11-not-shutting-down-Try-these-fixesThe use of essential components over long periods of time may result in unusually high consumption of such components.

Furthermore, such use may shorten the lifespan of components, causing them to fail sooner than anticipated.

As a result, never shutting down your computer is not advised in order to keep the system healthy, both physically and intellectually.

How can I force my computer to shut down?

To begin, hold the physical Power switch for 5 seconds or more on a laptop to turn it off immediately. While this is true for conventional desktop computers, you can also turn off the power by unplugging it.

However, shutting down in this manner is not advised since it does not enable the computer to prepare itself for shutdown, and it may corrupt or destroy a system file, as well as cause you to lose any unsaved data.

It’s a little concerning that the computer won’t shut off. You will, however, be able to restore functionality using the methods mentioned below.

If you want to learn more, check out our other post on how to shut down your computer using a keyboard shortcut.

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