Windows 11 Won’t Shut Down: How to Fix

how to fix windows 11 won't shutdown

Is your Windows 11 getting stuck on the shutting-down screen, or does it reboot after it’s shut down? If yes, don’t worry. Some alternative methods can solve the problem. If you want to solve the issue of Windows 11 won’t shut down, you can read this article.

The probable reason behind your Windows 11 getting stuck on the shutting-down screen is the Hybrid Shutdown Feature (Fast Startup), enabled by default in many PCs. Faulty CMOS, BIOS, and Malware in Task Host Windows can also be the reason to cause the problem.

How to Fix Windows 11 Won’t Shut Down Issue

Creating a desktop shortcut is a quick alternative to shutting down your computer if you can’t shut it down using the Start menu. Select a suggestive icon to make sure you mistakenly don’t click on it while working on your computer.

Another way is to run a command line to shut down your system. Launch the command prompt with administrative rights, write shutdown/s, and press Enter on the keyboard.

However, if these alternatives don’t work for you, try these quick steps before trying any long methods-

Quick Steps:

  • Update Windows 11
  • Scan for malware, and If any threats are detected, follow the recommended actions to remove them.

Now, try these methods to fix the issue yourself-

1. Disable Fast Startup or Hybrid Shutdown

 To disable the hibernation status of Windows, follow these steps one by one-

  1. Press Win+S and search for the Control Panel App and click on it.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound Options.
    selecting hardware and sound in control panel Windows 11
  3. Then you will see the option Change what the power button does from the Power Options.
    change what the power button do Windows 11
  4. On Shut-down settings, uncheck the box named Turn on Fast Startup(recommended)
    fast start up option windows 11
  5. Click on the Save Changes button.
  6. Now close all the apps running in the background, and try to shut down your PC.

2. Run the Windows 11 Update Troubleshooter

Your system might not shut down if it’s stuck in an update. You can fix it by following these steps-

  1. Press Win+I to open the Settings app.
  2. Click on System>Troubleshoot>Other Troubleshooters.
    going other troubleshooters windows 11 settings
  3. Select Windows Update and then click Run.
    running windows update troubleshooter
  4. After you run the troubleshooter, restart your device.
  5. Check for new updates by going to Settings>Windows Update> Check for updates.
    clicking check for updates windows 11 settings
  6. Then install any available updates.
  7. Rerun the troubleshooter to find other errors if it doesn’t solve the issue.

3. Run SFC/System scan

A corrupted or outdated system file can refrain your computer from shutting down. So, running the SFC scan is a solution to this reason-

  1. Right-click on the Windows logo and select Terminal (Admin).
  2. Click Yes on the user account control box on your screen.
  3. Enter the following command: SFC/Scannow
    terminal sfc scan Windows 11
  4. Now the system will scan the files and show you the execution percentage.
  5. After the percentage reaches 100, restart your PC.

After scanning, Windows can detect and replace corrupt or outdated files.

4. Perform System Restore

If you are still stuck with Windows not shutting down, go back in time using a restore point. You can do it by enabling System Restore on your computer-

  1. Press Win+R to open the dialogue box.
  2. Type the following command and click on OK: rstrui
  3. You will see the System Restore Wizard, select Next, then put the date and time one after another when you start facing trouble shutting down.
    system restore point Windows 11
  4. Click on the Finish and select Yes to confirm the process.

5. Disable Delivery Optimization

The delivery Optimization feature makes Windows updates faster on computers connected to the same network. Your system will not shut down if a computer downloads or installs an update from your device. To fix this issue-

  1. Open the Settings app like before.
  2. Click on Windows Update>Advanced options.
    going advanced options windows 11 update settings
  3. Then go to Additional Options and select Delivery Optimisation.
    going delivery optimization windows 11 settings
  4. Turn off the option Allow downloads from other PCs.
    turning off delivery optimization windows 11 settings

6. Reset your PC:

If the previous methods don’t work for you, try resetting your Windows 11 by,

  • Open the Settings app like before.
  • Click on Windows Update>Advanced options.
  • Then go to Additional Options and select Recovery.
  • Click on Reset PC.
    Click reset now on recovery Windows 11
  • Select  Keep my files or Remove everything, depending on your preference.
    pc reset now window Windows 11
  • Follow the on-screen instructions.

7. Force Shut Down

If none of the methods work and your computer keeps getting stuck on the shutdown screen, one more method is left. Force it to shut down by following these steps-

  1. Close all apps and save your work.
  2. Hold and press the Power button for a few seconds, and your computer will shut down.

Extra Steps:

  • Perform a clean boat
  • Remove the Laptop’s battery
  • Run Power Troubleshooter.
  • If none of the methods work, try to seek professional help.

We hope now you can eliminate the problem of Windows 11 won’t shut down. It’s not hard to fix if you correctly follow the alternative ways mentioned above to shut down your system or PC.

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