Process of cleanly stopping the operating system so the system can be turned off

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How do I stop the Windows 8 restart clock; '15 minutes' and counting…?

The question is pretty much in the title. Windows 8 is restarting, I probably only have like 13 minutes by now, but I can't have my computer shut off, doing like 20 different things on a couple of ...
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How does the computer know that the PC was not properly shut down?

Actually, this question struck me because of power cuts in my house. When there is a power cut, there is a sudden loss of power from the computer. How does the computer know that the shutdown was ...
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How can I put the computer to sleep from Command Prompt/Run menu?

I know that almost everything on Windows, like opening any sort of application, can be done from the command prompt or from the Run menu. How can I put my computer to sleep or shut it down? What is ...
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My colleague often shuts down my machine through the LAN - how do I prevent it?

This might sound weird. My colleague and I were working on a Windows machine. He frequently shuts it down through the LAN. He usually follows these steps: Access command prompt, enter shutdown -i. ...
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How to reboot/shutdown Windows 8 without the mouse?

Nowadays on Windows 7, if I have no mouse on my computer I just press Win Button+->+Enter: This makes my computer shutdown without needing to use a mouse. However, on Windows 8, I need the mouse to ...
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What happens when a PC is turning off?

When I click the shut down button it gives me another screen saying shutting down: What is actually going on during this stage? I think in Windows XP it would say something like saving setting ...
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Is it still necessary to shut down computers?

Nowadays with our modern operating systems, is it necessary to fully shutdown computers instead of choosing to stand-by or hibernate computers (desktops and laptops)? Would there be any side-effects ...
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What damage will powering down instead of shutting down do?

What is it that Windows is doing when it shuts down? Assuming I've saved everything, what negative impact does powering down instead of shutting down properly have? We've all done it at some point ...
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How can I shut down the PC after specified amount of time?

How would you go about turning you computer after a specified amount of time? I listen music before I go to sleep and would like to be able to shutdown my computer after a specified amount of time. ...
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How do I shutdown Windows 8?

In previous versions of Windows, the shutdown options were in the Start menu. Where can these options be found now? The only options I can find on the Start screen are Lock and Sign Out, and at ...
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Ubuntu shutdown fail “* Killing all remaining processes…”

I have a fresh installation of Ubuntu Server. "reboot" works, but shutdown fails on the * Killing all remaining processes... step. I am using: sudo shutdown now After the failure, indicated by ...
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How do I enable reboot in Windows 7 for Remote Desktop sessions?

I see that I lack the choice to reboot/shut down via the start menu when logged into Windows 7 via Remote Desktop, whereas it is present in Windows Server 2008 R2. Is there some setting in Windows 7 ...
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Can my Windows 8 computer turn on by itself?

At my workplace, I fully shut down my Windows 8 machine each night before going home. The last couple of mornings, it was turned on when I arrived. Is there some kind of Deep Magic that Windows 8 can ...
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Shortcut to shutdown or restart Windows 10 in less than three keystrokes

On Windows XP we had Win , U + U On Windows 7 we had Win , Right cursor + Enter I never had Windows 8, so I am not sure what the shortcut is/was. There is Alt+F4 and then Enter, but this only ...
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Can a power failure or forceful shutdown damage hardware?

Can computer hardware suffer damage from forceful shutdowns (holding the power button for five (5) seconds) or power failures? I believe that normal PC hardware does not suffer from this - after ...
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Shutdown Windows 7 without installing updates

Windows XP provided an option to shutdown the computer without installing any Windows updates. This convenient, time-saving option seems to be missing in Windows 7. Is it possible to shutdown Windows ...
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How can I identify the culprit of my slow Windows shutdown?

My computer is taking a very long time to shutdown. How can I identify the culprit? I don't want to wait minutes for my computer to shutdown... Is there a program I can use to track how long it ...
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How can I add the option to install updates and restart in Windows 7?

I can't believe this has not been asked, but I couldn't find the question... When Windows downloads updates I get the option on the shut down menu to: Install updates and shutdown Shutdown Restart ...
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How to shut down the computer without the update on Windows 7?

Sometimes when my Win 7 machine has programs that crashed, maybe Firefox, or IE, I would like to shut down the computer without installing any Windows update. That's because I worry that if IE or ...
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Are there downsides to Windows 8 Hybrid Shutdown?

Are there any downside to Windows 8 not doing a "full" shutdown? Would it be good practice to occasionally do a full shutdown to do a full system initialization at boot? If I'm already booting from ...
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Which of shutdown / hibernate / sleep causes the least wear to an SSD drive?

Having an SSD for the only drive in my laptop I'm wondering which of shutdown / hibernate / sleep causes the least wear to it? Is there any serious test that would measure that? Suppose that the ...
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What do you do when you're not allowed to turn off the computer (but must)?

We've all been there. You're installing a new major system for a client and you're finishing up with installing all required updates and this happens. Image taken from petur.eu Or, more ...
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Difference between shutting down and turning on vs. restart in Windows 8?

In Windows 8, is there a difference between: Shutting down my computer (inside W8) and then instantly turn it back on again vs. Restarting it from inside Windows 8 Edit: Talking about normal Windows ...
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Windows 10 doesn't shut down properly

I have visited tons of websites and watched dozens of Youtube videos, yet I can't find a solution to my problem. I recently upgraded my laptop to Windows 10, and now it won't shutdown properly. I ...
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How do I shutdown / restart Windows 8 preview?

Just installed Windows 8 Preview, and can't figure out how to get to Shutdown/Restart option in the Start menu. Clicking on start menu brings up the "Start Screen", but Shutdown/Restart options are ...
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How do I log startup and shut-down times in Windows 7?

I'd like to log the times when my computer starts up and shuts down. I don't need any diagnostic info or anything, just a simple note of the date and time, e.g. something like: 2011/04/29 08:17:34 AM ...
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How to force a “do you really want to shutdown?” dialog in Windows 7?

Sometimes I want to choose "Logout current user", but then I hit "Shutdown" by accident. Nearly everywhere else Windows 7 is asking "do you really want to do this? Yes/No" - but that's not the case ...
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PC shutting down after 30 minutes, even when on BIOS screen

I have a desktop PC that is just over a year old that I use daily for work. It's running Windows 8.1, has 16GB RAM and an i7 CPU. It has a 256GB Samsung 840 SSD (Windows + programs) along with a 1TB ...
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Can PSU cause my PC to reboot?

I'm having an issue with my PC: It is rebooting sometimes, and I am suspecting the PSU, so I want to confirm a few things. It is a new PC and the first issues started occuring roughly one month after ...
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What is wrong with this Windows shutdown command?

I am using Windows 7 and XP. I want to run a script to run this command: shutdown /p /f /t 120 On Windows 7, it shows that an error occurred, but I think I am using it correctly.
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Can a PC be set up not to shut down when unplugged?

I have a laptop now, and I love that when the power goes out accidentally (blackout from a storm, accidentally gets unplugged...), the laptop does not shutdown on me, it just switches to battery ...
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How to cancel a shutdown /t command in Windows?

In Windows, you can schedule a shutdown by using something like, shutdown /s /t 600 //shut down after 10 minutes How do I cancel it after it's done?
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Does Windows 8 really shutdown? [duplicate]

I have Windows 8 Pro installed on a laptop and i use it for hours at a time, like in 8 - 10 hour periods before shutting down or restarting. I'm as usual impressed with the incredible startup speed ...
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How can I display additional boot and shutdown information on the Windows 7 welcome screen?

There is a small tweak, I believe it is a registry key, that allows to display additional information on the Welcome and Shutting down screens of Windows 7 (and most likely Vista, too). I have ...
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Laptop powers down during startup

I have seen a few similar questions here but none of them helped me. When I press the power button, the computer starts just fine, the Windows are loading just fine, then heavy fanning (REALLY loud) ...
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How to get “Update and Shutdown” instead of “Update and Restart” on Windows 8

After installing updates which require a reboot, the Windows 8 Power button shows "Update and Restart". What I really want is "Update and Shutdown". How can I get this option to appear? I didn't ...
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What are some quick(er) ways to shut down Windows 8?

For shutting down Windows 8 I have to move them mouse to the right corner -> charms menu -> settings -> power -> shut down. Is there a faster way?
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Cancelling Window 7 shutdown disables power button

Normally, pressing the power button once initiates a shut-down in Windows 7. If any programs are still running that will not quit (e.g. waiting for a dialogue response), Windows overlays the screen ...
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What would happen if my computer shuts down while BitLocker is encrypting my OS partition?

The title is the question. I am now enctypting a 107 GB partition and it takes ages. I am dying to know what would happen if the encryption was stopped by, let's say, a thermal shutdown or if the ...
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When can I close my laptop lid during shutdown?

After I tell my Windows 7 netbook to shut down, when can I safely close the lid without confusing the computer? Do I have to wait for it to finish saying "logging off" or "shutting down"? Can I ...
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Why do operating systems have an option to shut down? [duplicate]

I want to know why operating systems require us to shut down using an option. Why can't I just power off with a mechanical switch? Will I damage the hardware or corrupt my data if I constantly shut ...
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What is the difference between start button shut down and command line shut down?

I have desktop computer running Windows 8.1, and a usb hub which I keep plugged in. The hub has an LED power indicator (pictured). This LED stays on when I shut down the computer using the start ...
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Show shut down dialog from command line, Windows 8

On Windows 8 if you press Alt+F4 with the desktop in focus, it displays a shutdown dialog. I was wondering if anyone knows of a way that this same dialog can be launched from the command line as I ...
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PC powers off at random times

Short Version After experiencing some problems with Mobo batteries my PC started to power off at random times, the power off is instant and sudden and does not restart afterwards, need help figuring ...
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How to shutdown a computer instantly (1 to 5 secs)?

Is there any command / program via which I may shutdown my system instantly (1 to 5 secs)? Update (2015): Thank you to those who have suggested to turn off using the power socket. :D Update (2016): ...
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What's the difference between “shutting down the computer” vs “shutting down the hard disk”?

I was wondering: What's the difference between shutting down the computer and shutting down the hard disk? Aren't they the same thing? That is: I can't use the computer if the hard disk is shut ...
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How to shut down a computer having a particular IP address?

If we have a collection of Windows and Linux computers on a LAN, is it possible to shutdown a computer having a specific IP address, using the Linux shell? Assume that I do not have ssh or telnet ...
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Difference between shutdown ( power off ) and restart ( reboot )

What is Difference between shutdown (power off) and restart (reboot) ? What type of signals passing at time of reboot and poweroff, to where ? What is difference between these two signals ? At ...
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Windows 7 is shutting down unexpectedly, according to the logs

Here's a message from my eventvwr EventLog (Windows Logs > System): The previous system shutdown at 11:51:15 AM on ‎7/‎29/‎2009 was unexpected. This is funny because I was wondering why the system ...
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Hybrid Shutdown in Windows 8

Referring to this article published September 8, 2011, it gives instructions on how to to do a full (non-hybrid) shutdown in Windows 8 from the command line. We have an option in the UI to revert ...