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Solved: Laptop Slow Shutdown after Windows 10 November 2021 Update

Usually, when you shut down your PC Windows sequentially shut down system processes, save your data, and free up your memory with unwanted data present. And, the shutdown process consumes no more than a few seconds. But, sometimes the complex series of steps can trip over each other causing Windows to take a lot of time while shutting down. Where users report Windows 10 Slow Shutdown, Especially after install the latest windows 10 21H2 update, the shutdown time is longer than before and it is painful waiting for that shutdown confirmation beep.

Recently upgraded to Windows 10 21H2 November 2021 Update, Looks like everything is working well except when it’s time to shutdown my computer. It’s taking time to shutdown “my computer starts up in under a minute, same for waking up from sleep mode. but shutting down takes more then 10 minutes.

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Windows 10 Slow Shutdown Issue

Also for some users screen is turned off instantaneously but hardware continues to run as the LED on the power button remains on for a few more minutes before turning off.  And the main cause of this error seems to be corrupted Windows Files or Drivers which won’t let Windows shut down completely. Again sometimes incorrect power configuration Also cause this issue. Whatever the reason, If you notice Windows 10 shutdown time is longer than before which bothers you, you can find the reason and solutions in this post.

If you have any external devices connected to the system, I would suggest you to temporarily disconnect them and check if the issue persists.

Also, make sure there are no running programs on your computer. Close them first then try shutting it down.

Install the latest Windows Updates

Again make sure you have installed the latest Windows updates as Microsoft regularly releases bug fixes with the latest cumulative updates. Windows 10 is set to download and install the latest automatically but you can manually check them following the steps below.

  1. Open Settings app using keyboard shortcut Windows + I

  2. Click on Update & security then window update

  3. Now hit the check for updates button to allow Windows 10 to download update files from the Microsoft server.

  4. Once Windows updates are downloaded and installed restart your PC to apply them.

Windows update

Also, make sure you have installed the latest updated device drivers on your system

Run Power Troubleshooter

Run the build in Power troubleshooter by following the steps below and let windows check and fix the problem preventing windows shutdown properly.

  1. Press Windows + I to open settings

  2. Click on Update & security, Then Troubleshoot

  3. Here from the middle panel scroll down and select Power

  4. Run the Power troubleshooter

  5. This will start to diagnose your computer’s power settings and make the correction if needed.

  6. Once the process completes restart your PC and check if this helps.

Windows power troubleshooter

Disable Fast Startup feature

This is another effective way to fix most of the startup and shutdown-related problems. Microsoft added a new fast startup feature to optimize the Windows startup time, but this feature has some disadvantages. And a number of users report disabling the fast startup feature helps them to resolve Windows 10 startup and shutdown-related problems.

To disable the fast startup option

  1. Open Control Panel

  2. Search for and select Power Options.

  3. On the left side menu, select Choose what the power buttons do.

  4. Select Change settings that are currently unavailable.

  5. Scroll down to the Shutdown settings section.

  6. Remove the checkmark from the Turn on Fast Startup option.

  7. Select the Save Changes button.