How to fix Windows 10 Won’t Shut Issue in 2023

In this guide, we’ll talk about how to fix the windows 10 won’t shut issue in 2023.

Windows 10 Windows Not Shutting Down Issues

  • Windows Update
  • Fast startup
  • Windows System Files
  • Unwanted running applications since startup
  • Other issues that need recovery
  • The taskbar isn’t working (Click here to find the solution for this one)

And we are here to give a solution for each of them.

How to Fix ‘Windows 10 Won’t Shut Down

Before following any of these, make sure you’re really stuck, because sometimes there may be some system processes working to install updates, for example, or making some changes – before shutting down.

So, the first time this occurs, please be a little patient and leave it up to 3 hours. If it exceeds this time limit and this isn’t the first time your update got stuck, try the following steps:

Method I: Force Shut Down:

Before you get the problem fixed for the long run, you may need to force your computer to shut down: here is how you can do that.

  • Press and hold your power button until the computer is shut.power button
  • Remove any source of power (Battery / Power cable / unplug the power cords) for 5-10 minutes.
  • Start your computer and try to shut it down normally.

Method II: Make sure you have the latest Windows 10 version

Having the latest Windows 10 version is always a good idea. Microsoft is always sending new updates and fixes for common issues through it, so we can always begin our problem-solving by checking for updates. If you want to know more about what new features and changes are in the latest update, check out this detailed guide. And also, if you want to stop your computer from notifying you about your license expiring soon, click here.

To check if there are any updates you can do, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings from your start menu.settings from start up menu
  2. Click on Updates & Security.updates & security
  3. Click on the Check for updates button, your computer will then check for, download, and install any updates found.check for updates

If you updated your Windows now, check if your computer shuts down, and if the problem persists, continue to the next method.

If your update is getting stuck or not working either check out this in-depth article or do the thing that most people reported that solved their problem – use the troubleshooter:

  • Type Troubleshoot in the start menu and then choose Troubleshoot.start up troubleshoot
  • Choose Windows Update and click Run the troubleshooter. windows update
  • If needed, choose Try troubleshooting as an administrator.troubleshoot as admin
  • Choose Apply this fix.apply to fix
  • Close the troubleshooter.troubleshooter

Method III: Disable fast startup

Fast startup is a hybrid type of startup that makes your computer not fully shut down when you do it, so it can start up again quickly. This mode can cause many issues including our shutdown problem. Follow these steps to disable it:

  • Open the “control panel” and search for “power options” and choose Power Options.disable fast startup
  • From the left pane, choose “Choose what the power button doespower button option
  • Choose “Change settings that are currently unavailable”.change settings currently unavailable
  • Uncheck “Turn on fast startup” and then select “Save changes”.turn on fast startup and save changes

Method IV: Repair Windows System Files

In case there is a problem with some system files, this step will fix all system errors, (see Kernel Mode Trap Error) (it will take some time):

  • Type “cmd” in your start menu, right-click on Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.command prompt and run as admin
  • Click Yes to give it permission.give permission
  • Type the following command then press enter: sfc /scannow
    sfc /scannow

    (make sure you put a space between “sfc” and “/scannow”)

Method V: Try closing the computer using Command Prompt

One of the best things about CMD (command prompt) is that you can directly request a forced shut down which stops any running applications. Here are the steps:

  • Launch CMD as an administrator with the same steps in Method IV.
  • Afterward, type the following command then press enter: shutdown /p, and then press Enter.cmd as admin
  • Your computer should now shut down immediately without installing or processing any updates.

Method VI: Stop Windows Delivery Update Optimization

Windows 10 is always downloading updates, that’s why Microsoft came up with this service so that if there are several Windows 10 machines on the same network, computers can exchange the update files instead of downloading them on each computer. Because of this, if a computer on the network is getting any updates from yours, the shutdown won’t occur until the file transfer finishes. The good news is that you can turn off this feature, here’s how:

  • Open Settings from your start menu.settings from start menu
  • Next, go to Update & Security.update and security
  • At the Windows Update page, click on Advanced update advanced
  • Now, click on Delivery optimzation
  • Turn off the Allow downloads from other PCs button.allow downloads fro other pcs
  • Now try to shut down your computer again.

Method VII: Let’s do a System Restore

This will bring back your computer to itsF previous state, this may help avoid any error that happened during shutting down or running Windows update:

  • Open Control Panel and search for recovery.recovery from settings
  • Thereafter, open System restore setting
  • Click Next.
  • whose next click it
  • Moving on, choose a previous restore point and click Next.restore point and next
  • Click Finish.
  • click finish
  • After the system restore is finished, try shutting down your computer again.

Method VIII: Control which apps can start automatically

There are apps and processes that can’t be easily shut down when you want to turn off your computer: this may be the reason for your shutdown problems. Furthermore, most probably these are apps that already running automatically with Windows Startup without asking for your permission. So here we can control them and disable every app that you don’t really need on startup. This will also increase your startup speed as well as its shutdown speed. Let’s do it:

  • Open task manager from your taskbar or by pressing Ctrl + Shift + 10 won't shut fix
  • If you see the small panel, click More details to switch to the big panel.small panel details
  • Next, open the Startup tab.startup tab
  • Then, right-click on the apps you don’t need to start automatically at Windows Startup and select Disable.disable windows

Method IX: Assign the power button to shut down

Many people overlook this seemingly basic aspect of keeping your Windows 10 PC in line with how you’re used to using it. This fix will show you just how to set the power button as a shut-down switch on your Windows 10 and Windows 11 PCs alike. Note that on some builds, the power button might be assigned as a sleep button by default.

That’s why it’s important to also keep this possibility in mind when looking for a Windows 10 won’t shut fix. To get started, head on over to the “Choose what the power button does” section that we’ve talked about earlier as portrayed in Method III section of the article. From there, go to the “When I press the power button” option and select “shut down.” If you’re running the OS on a laptop, you’ll have to configure this behavior both on battery and when plugged in.

Moving on, you’ll want to click on “Save changes” once you’re done configuring the necessary parameters. If you press the power button now, you should be able to see it go through the shutdown process as normal. If not, then you should check out these other methods in our tutorial and give them a try.

Method X: Replace the power button

If there’s nothing more to try out, and pushing the power button still doesn’t work whilst other methods do, then the solution might be one that involves you tinkling with the hardware itself. Yes, you might have to replace the power button. Doing so is a tedious job and we recommend you let professionals handle it, especially because it can differ from laptop to laptop and from desktop to desktop.

Somewhat related to this topic, you can read our complete guide that focuses on how to disable the startup programs by clicking on the image below:

Suggested Read: How to Shut Down Windows 10 Without Updating

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, one of these methods above was able to help fix your “Windows 10 won’t shut down” issue. If you like our solutions, make sure to bookmark our site for easier access or if anyone else needs it!

Do you know any other methods that work? Please share them with us below in the comments! Let’s discuss about it with the other searchers.

Do you get any other technical questions about your Windows 10 PC? Try visiting our website. You could find a topic that might help you with your concerns. Or you might have direct questions like How to fix Windows 10 Stuck on Welcome Screen (2022 Guide).


  1. This a problem with Windows 10 only.I tired all methods but nothing worked. whenever I shutdown my laptop or close the lid, laptop goes black screen and the fan keeps on. Its really weird!

  2. The following win10faqforum is illustrative and elaborated.Even I am also confronting with the same type of consequences regarding the Windows 10.I have two co related queries in this regard that Why does it takes a lot of time for videos to get uploaded and other one I am unable to connect the Arlo ultra with my Mac book Air.I have tried out the following to resolve this circumstances.Hope this might help.

  3. Wait 3 hours? Bullshit. Hold power button to force power off? There goes your file system. Try plugging in a monitor? Windows 10 won’t use it. Everything about Windows 10 is deliberately designed to cause trouble for the user. What happened to Microsoft?

  4. With all due respect, this and similar pages are useless. Microsoft should fix these problems — it’s a clearly a software issue in my case, previous Windows 10 installation was able to shut down just fine.

  5. Got the same picture as the first one, laptop not shutting down. Tried the first procedure, force closure, removing the power cord, waiting 15 mins and press the power on button. It worked, the laptop opened as usual. I was able to close it as usual later.

  6. I have this problem and i believe it was caused when I was fixing my boot after changing a Old HD that had the boot data even tho wasnt my Windows drive anymore.
    I replaced some System partition to make it work again, but had this problem as side effect.
    Anyway to fix without a reinstall?


  7. Hi I am having the same issue. My pc won’t shutdown and sleep tried all the tips here but nothing worked. Any more tips. Thank you.

  8. Hallo ! Same happen with me, when installed Ubuntu , actually making dual boot!
    The Ubuntu works fine both starting and shutting it down, but win10 is unable to shut down, restart is ok!

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