How do I restart/shutdown windows 8 gracefully? Currently, when I restart it waits 5 sec, then kill everything, regarding nothing. I would like to do a graceful shutdown, such that when app requires a save and doesn't want to close, then I can attend to it.

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    Sorry, I don't understand the question. Why don't you save the files, then close down the machine? – Dave Nov 12 '13 at 9:31
  • How are your restarting? If you choose logout or shutdown/restart in the menus you should get a prompt that there is unsaved work with the ability to Cancel. When not reacting on that prompt it will cancel the shutdown itself in about 30 seconds. It could depend on the application but i just tested this with Notepad. Try it yourself with Notepad. – Rik Nov 12 '13 at 10:17
  • You are right. Please let me watch this more closely, and see why I got the impression that it does ungraceful shutdown. – Zohar Nov 12 '13 at 21:25

Press the Control+Alt+Delete keys simultaneously, then in the lower right-hand corner the screen you should see a power button icon (circle with a vertical line). Click the button and a new screen will appear that provides different power down options. Choose one.

Or if your computer hardware supports it, simply push the off button (might sleep instead though, that too might be configurable but it varies by manufacturer).

  • I am pretty sure this was only added in 8.1 and didn't exist in 8.0 – Ramhound Sep 12 '14 at 16:35
  • What is "this"? – Kev MacD Oct 1 '14 at 20:14
  • What you describe in the answer.... – Ramhound Oct 1 '14 at 20:26
  • Yes, "this" shutdown procedure applies for 8.1, I confirmed on my Windows 8.1 installation. – Kev MacD Oct 6 '14 at 20:09
  • Yes; which is my point the question was about Windows 8.0 – Ramhound Oct 6 '14 at 21:01

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