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Windows 10 won’t shut down after update? Here’s How To Fix It!

Sometimes while attempt to shut down or restart windows 10 you might experience, the computer gets stuck forever in either “shutting down” or “restarting” icon that just keeps spinning and spinning. You are not alone a few number of users report windows 10 won’t shut down after update, even display goes black but the CPU Fan keeps running and the light blinks. Well, the possible causes could be many, but the primary reason why windows 10 stuck on shutting down is the Hybrid Shutdown feature (also known as Fast Startup). Again incorrect power configuration, system file corruption, pending windows update also cause computer won’t shut down or restart.


Computer won’t shut down windows 10

Well if you are also struggling with similar problem, windows 10 won’t shut down just restarts Below are the best fixes that will help you toss out the issue without much effort.

Disable Windows 10 Fast Startup Feature

As discussed before the primary reason behind this problem is the Hybrid Shutdown also know as fast startup feature that reduces the start and shutdown time of your computer by hibernating the kernel session, which means your computer doesn’t shut down fully. However, in addition to saving your time on starting or shutting down the computer, it may also cause errors on your device and prevent your computer from shutting down. Let’s disable the fast startup feature following the steps below.

  1. Right click on Windows 10 start menu select Power Options.

  2. In the new window, click on “Additional Power Settings”, located on the right side.

  3. Here, in the power options, click on “Choose what the power button does”, on the left side of the window.

  4. Now, click on “Change settings that are currently available” to modify the system’s shutdown settings.

  5. Un-check from the “Turn on fast startup (recommended)” and tap on Save Changes.

  6. After this step, restart your computer and check if the problem solved.

Fast Startup

Install the latest Windows updates

Microsoft regularly releases cumulative updates with various bug fixes and security improvements. And install the latest windows updates fix the previous problems as well. That’s why we recommend check and install the latest windows updates before applying any other solutions.

  1. Search for settings and select the first result,

  2. Click Update & security than Windows update,

  3. Here on right-hand side click the check for updates button to allow download and install the latest windows from the Microsoft server.

  4. Once down restart your PC to apply them.

Check for Updates Windows 10

Reset power plan default

Sometimes the cause of this problem might be your power plan settings. Especially if you have windows 10 laptop that won’t shut down, you need to reset power plan settings to default by doing the following:

  1. Open control panel,

  2. Search for and select power options,

  3. Locate your current power plan and click Change plan settings next to it

  4. Click on Change advanced power settings.

  5. And finally, click on the Restore plan defaults button.

  6. Click Apply and OK to save changes.

Restore power plan defaults

Run build in troubleshooter

Run the build-in power troubleshooter that optimizes the power plan settings and run the and windows update troubleshooter that diagnose the fix the problem if any pending windows updates prevent windows 10 shutdown completely.

  1. From the start menu Search for troubleshoot settings and select the first result,

  2. First locate power on right-hand side, select it and click run the troubleshooter,

  3. let windows diagnose and fix the problems related to power configuration,

  4. Once done, locate and select windows update and run the troubleshooter,

  5. That check for any windows updates waiting for install that may prevent windows shutdown.

  6. Restart windows 10 Once you run both the troubleshooters and check if there is no more problem while shutdown or restart your computer.

Windows power troubleshooter

Execute SFC Command

Again there are chances the corrupted system files prevent windows 10 shutdown completely. Run the System File Checker or sfc.exe utility tool that restores broken and corrupted files of the system. and may help fix the problem as well.

  1. Search CMD on the Cortana search and Run it as administrator.

  2. In the command prompt, type sfc/scannow and press enter  key

  3. This process will take some time as it will search and identify the damaged files on Windows 10.

system file checker utility Windows 10

If found any the sfc utility try to restore them with the correct one. Once the verification is completed, restart your PC and check the issue which you are facing of PC won’t shut down is still there after turning it off.

Change BIOS Boot Order on Windows 10

  1. Launch Windows Settings by pressing the Windows key and I keyboard shortcut,

  2. Here, navigate to Update and Security. Tap on recover located on the left side pane.

  3. As you can see in the Advanced startup, there is an option to Restart now.

  4. Here click on Troubleshoot and then on Advanced options > UEFI Firmware Settings. Now, click on Restart.

  5. You will enter into the Boot Page.

  6. On the Boot tab, choose “The Default” or HDD

  7. To save the changes press F10 and take the exit from the BIOS settings.

  8. Once you have done these methods, check the concern regarding Windows 10 restarts after a shutdown has been resolved or not.

Execute Fully Shut Down Process By CMD

Still, need help? let’s force windows 10 to completely shut down using command prompt

  1. Search CMD on the Cortana search and Run it as administrator.

  2. Here, enter the command “shutdown /s /f /t 0”

This fix will completely shut down your system. Additionally, the Fast Startup feature doesn’t shut down your PC completely. Rather it hibernated the kernel session. After this step, check the issue when the computer won’t shut down after turning off still persists.

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