Windows 10 has many improvements as a whole, but there are certain things that never changed. Slow shutdown problem is one such a thing, especially when you are using company’s laptop. There could be many reasons like incompatible third-party software and shutting down of many apps. But, you don’t have to worry about these problems. In this article, we are going to show you some of the best practices to overcome these shutdown issues in Windows 10.
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1. Run Power Troubleshooter
The power timeout settings can affect your PC on various levels and the shutdown process is one of them. This checks how long the PC waits before turning off the display and to enter in sleep mode. Troubleshooting can help in fixing this slow shutdown issue. Most people find this step the easiest and fast working for them. To troubleshoot power settings:
- Press ‘Win + I’ shortcut keys to open Windows Settings app.
- Click on ‘Update & Security’, then go to the ‘Troubleshoot’ section from the left-side menu.
- Scroll downwards a bit and click on the ‘Power’ option.
- Click on ‘Run the Troubleshooter’. It will start detecting the problems and if it founds, go ahead fixing it.
2. Disabling Fast Startup
The fast startup can help in reducing the time while the shutdown process and making faster. To disable this option in Windows 10:
- On your keyboard, press ‘Windows key + R’ and type ‘Powercfg.cpl’ in it.
- Hit the ‘Enter’ key to open power options in the control panel.
- From the left-hand side, click on ‘Choose what the power buttons do’.
- Then, click on the link ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’.
- From the bottom given power button options, uncheck the ‘Turn on fast startup’ option.
- Click on ‘Save changes’ button.
3. Resetting the Power Plan
Resetting your power plan can be helpful in fixing that current issue. If you have been using a customized power plan then try resetting it once. To reset the power plan in Windows 10:
- Go to the ‘Start’ menu and type ‘Control panel’ then hit the ‘Enter’ key.
- From the top-right filter, choose ‘Large icons’ and navigate to the ‘Power Options’,
- Click and open the ‘Power options’.
- Select the power plan according to your requirement and click on ‘Change plan settings’.
- Click on ‘Change advanced power settings’.
- In the power options windows, click on the button ‘Restore plan defaults’.
- Click on ‘Apply’ and then ‘OK’ button.
4. Disabling Antivirus
Sometimes, your third-party antivirus may affect the performance of the system. Windows Defender is the only antivirus pre-installed in Windows nowadays. Believe us, it does its job pretty well. Either you can uninstall it or disable it for an hour, take a look on the activity that it was affecting or not.
- Open your third-party antivirus from the taskbar or from the start menu.
- Disable it for sometime. If it affects then uninstall it. It’s your choice.
5. Update Your Computer
Outdated version of Windows can also be the cause of your issues of shutting down the PC. It’s a good thing that you keep your Windows updated every time.
- Go to your ‘Start’ menu then open the ‘Settings’ app.
- Click on ‘Update & Security’ then click on ‘Check Updates’ button. Install the updates.
6. Run CHKDSK Command
Shutting down problems can arise from your hard disk/drive also. Any bad located sectors can be a cause of this issue. Try running ‘CHKDSK’ command in it.
- Open Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell as an administrator from the start menu.
- Type CHKDSK C: /F /R /X and hit the enter key. Then, press ‘Y’ and enter key again.
7. Running a Malware Scan
We don’t have to tell you what a malware is and how it can affect your PC. But, we know how to fix its damage and to remove that.
- Download and install the ‘Malwarebytes’ from their website.
- Hit that ‘Scan Now’ button wait until its complete.
- Then, if it detects the virus/malware, select all of them and delete them from your system.
8. Other Points to Check
- Make sure there are not any devices connected. Disconnect them first then try shutting down your PC.
- Also, make sure there are no running programs in your computer. Close them first then try shutting it down.