On any normal day, your Windows 10 will respond almost instantly to your shutdown command. You press the power button or use Windows Start menu to shut it down, and it usually listens to you, no questions asked. Unfortunately, software, system errors, or other underlining processes might be halting the shutdown from occurring.

What’s doubly unfortunate is it’s difficult to pinpoint the problem. However, on the bright side, there’s several solutions and methods that can get your computer to listen.

Run a Command in Command Prompt

There’s a very simple command that you can use within Command Prompt to shut down your Windows 10 computer. It goes like this:

1. Open your Windows Start menu and search for Command Prompt. You need to run it as an administrator.

2. In the Command Prompt window, you only need to type one simple command to shut down Windows 10: shutdown /s /f /t 0 and hit the Enter key to initiate.

Kill Processes Until Windows 10 Shuts Down

Have you ever tried shutting down before and Windows told you that programs are still running in the background? Well, it’s possible that in an attempt to shut your computer down, a program is halting the process but warning is being displayed. Windows is basically at a stand-still.

Thankfully, Windows has a handy tool, the Task Manager, that can kill processes. Try using it to kill off unimportant software until your computer decides to finally shut down.

1. Go down to your taskbar and right-click on it. From the menu that appears, click Task Manager.

2. In Task Manager, click More Details. Right-click on an unwanted process and choose End Task from the drop down menu. Focus on programs that run in the system tray.

Disable ‘Fast Startup’ in Windows

‘Fast Startup’ can help boot your Windows 10 PC up in a matter of seconds by placing your computer into partial hibernation; it isn’t a completely shutdown, in other words. Disabling it may allow it to shut down completely.

1. Open your Windows Start menu and search for Control Panel. Select it from the search results.

2. In Control Panel, choose Hardware and Sound. On the following page, click Power Options.

3. On the left-hand side, click ‘Choose what the power button does.’

4. Uncheck ‘Turn on fast startup (recommended)’ and then Save Changes.

Note: If the option is grayed out for you, click ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable,’ and then uncheck the option.

5. Attempt a shut down to see if changes were made.

Force Windows 10 To Shut Down

It doesn’t feel good to do, but you may want to consider forcing your computer to shut down. The power button is designed in a way that restart your computer when you press it once, but a whole new process when you hold it in. Hold the power button in until you see the system shut down.

Don’t use this method often. The hardware itself is usually fine, but any data that was being read or transfered at the time can end up corrupted. Use this as a last resort.

Try Running Windows Troubleshooter

If all else fails, then the last option you have is giving Windows a moment to scan for any changes. It has its on troubleshooter that might be able to pinpoint the problem, as well as fix it if it has the power to. At the very least, it can point you in the right direction.

1. Open your Windows Start menu and launch Windows Settings. Click on the gear icon in the bottom-left corner.

2. In Windows Settings, choose Update & Security. On the following page, click Troubleshoot in the left-hand column.

3. Now, on the Troubleshoot page, scroll down until you come to Power. Click on it. In doing so, an additional option is revealed. Click ‘Run the troubleshooter.’

Bottom Line

In conclusion, a Windows 10 PC that refuses to shut down is typically a sign of a simple error. However, that doesn’t mean that something worse isn’t around the corner. When your computer does eventually shut down, you should immediately have it scanned for any hardware failures, especially if it happens consistently.