Laptop not shutting down Windows 7 problems are pretty serious, and need to be dealt with as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. The problem itself is easy enough to diagnose, and one that many people unfortunately suffer from. While it’s more likely to occur when you have just installed Windows 7 or upgraded your operating system, it can spring up in computers that have had Windows 7 installed for a significant amount of time. Either way, their computer either freezes up when they try and shut it down, or it just doesn’t acknowledge the action.
Reasons Your Laptop Not Shutting Down Windows 7
Keep the following points in mind when diagnosing this problem.
- This problem is not due to having a laptop. It shows up on desktops just as often.
- This problem is most likely to occur when you have other programs running, and when you don’t turn them off when you attempt to shut down your computer. These programs can be both programs that you are trying to shut
- It’s also possible that your computer hasn’t been properly maintained and either doesn’t have the free resources to shut down, or is running into corrupted files that prevent it from shutting down.
Fixing Laptop Not Shutting Down Windows 7 Problems
It’s crucial that you implement the following fixes as soon as possible. If not, you will continue to deal with shut-down and logoff problems, and you are likely to risk other serious issues for your computer.
- Third-party programs can easily interfere with the shut down process, so try shutting down each program you have actively running before you attempt to shut down your computer.You also want to make sure that there aren’t any third party programs running the background that you aren’t aware of that might be preventing shut down procedures from completing properly. Go to your Start menu, type in msconfig, press enter, then open the tab labeled ‘startup.’ Run through and uncheck any programs that you don’t actively need or want.
- Check to see how full your hard drive is. If your hard drive is close to completely full than you need to immediately start backing up and deleting files, uninstalling programs you don’t need or want, and clearing out temporary files and caches that are backed up with unneeded files.
The Last Mile
Make sure you also go ahead and get a registry cleaning program and run it immediately. Doing this alone can fix your laptop not shutting down Windows 7 problems. When you try and shut down your computer it has to access your registry countless times, and when your registry is filled up with empty and corrupted keys these processes will be both difficult to find, and potentially damaged to the point of preventing your proper shutdown. Using a registry cleaner once a week is often enough to fix this problem and prevent it from showing up again.
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