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 latest windows update, shutdown time is longer than before and it is painful waiting for that shutdown confirmation beep.
Also for some users screen is turned off instantaneously but hardware continues to run as the LED on power button remain on for few more minutes before turning off. Well, if it takes just a few seconds then it’s normal but users are facing this issue where it takes 10-15 minutes to a complete shutdown. And the main cause of this error seems to be corrupted Windows Files or Drivers which won’t let Windows shutdown completely. Again sometimes incorrect power configuration Also cause this issue.
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Fix Windows 10 Slow Shutdown
If you are also suffering from this problem here 5 solutions you may apply to fix Windows 10 Slow Shutdown issue. If you have any external devices connected to the system, I would suggest you to temporarily disconnect them and check if the issue persists.
Again make sure you have installed latest windows updates as Microsoft regularly send bug fixes with latest cumulative updates. Windows 10 is set to download and install latest automatically but you can manually check them from settings -> update & security -> window update.
Also, make sure you have installed the latest updated device drivers on your system
Run Power Troubleshooter
First of all Run the build in Power troubleshooter by following steps below and let windows to check and fix the problem preventing windows shutdown properly.
- Press Windows + I to open settings
- Click on Update & security, Then Troubleshoot
- Here from middle panel scroll down and select Power
- Run the Power troubleshooter
Disable Fast Startup feature
This is another effective way to fix most of the startup and shutdown-related problems. As Microsoft added new fast startup feature to optimize the windows startup time, but this feature has some disadvantages and number of users report disabling fast startup feature help them to resolve Windows 10 startup and shutdown-related problems. To disable fast startup option
- Open Control Panel / Power Options.
- On the Left side menu, select Choose what the power buttons do.
- Select Change settings that are currently unavailable.
- Scroll down to the Shutdown settings section.
- Remove the check mark from the Turn on Fast Startup option.
- Select the Save Changes Button.
Tweak Windows Registry editor
The Prime reason for the slow Shutdown Process of Windows 10 is the Corruption in System/registry files. Thus to eliminate the obvious follow the steps below:
- Press Windows + R, type regedit and OK to open windows registry editor.
- First backup registry database then Find the following Registry Key: \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management.
- Change the value of ClearPageFile at Shutdown to a 0 IF the value is 1.
- Now Find the following Registry Key Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
- Ensure you have selection box over Control in the left pane then seek for WaitToKillServiceTimeout in the right pane of the registry editor window.
- If you are unable to find the value then right-click in an empty area (on the right-pane of Registry editor Window) and Choose New > String Value.
- Name this String as WaitToKillServiceTimeout and then Open it.
- Set its value between 1000 to 20000 which indicates a range of 1 to 20 seconds respectively.
Note: When you Shutdown your PC without saving your files, it automatically saves them for preventing loss. This process may require some time. SO avoid setting this range too below 20 seconds as that would lead applications to close without saving changes.
- Click Ok.
- Finally, Reboot your PC to apply the changes.
This method would definitely resolve your issue and speed up the process of Shutdown.
Run DISM and SFC Utility
As discussed before, corrupted missing system files mostly cause this problem, we recommend run system file checker utility with DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) command that repair system image and restore missing corrupted system files.
To do ths open command prompt as administrator and run the DISM command below.
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
Wait for the DISM to 100% complete the scanning repair process. After that type command, sfc /scannow and press enter key to execute the command. The system file checker utility start scanning for missing corrupted system files if found any the sfc utility restore them from a compressed folder located %WinDir%\System32\dllcache. After complete 100% scanning process restart windows and check this helps.
Did these solutions help to fix “windows 10 slow shutdown and restart issue”? Let us know which options work for you, also read Windows 10 stuck at hibernating? Here how to fix…!!