Windows 7 hangs/does not shutdown
Shutting down Windows is supposed to be a quick process, but users sometimes find that the “Shutting Down…” screen becomes stuck for several minutes. When you click on the Windows shutdown button, you find that your Windows will not shutdown It may go as far as the teal colour screen, where it displays “Shutting Down … “ and then remain there. In other words, you’re Windows 7 or Windows 8 may during shut down, freeze or the activity circle on the screen may continue to move. Seven times out of ten it gets stuck into a loop and the users have to eventually just switch the machine off. On switching it back on user’s have to select 'Start Windows normally'. It's not a major problem but very annoying. The problem may be a system process. Windows does not give any details about the shutdown process, so tracking down the culprit can be difficult.
Here are a few valid reasons that may be prolonging or preventing a Windows shut down.
1. If yours is a new Windows install, maybe “OOBE” is taking its time. This is especially true in the earlier versions of Windows. In the initial days, when you try to restart or shut down a Windows-based computer, the system may take a long time to restart or to shut down.
Alternatively or additionally, you may receive a message that resembles the following: Windows is configuring updates. This usually occurs 1-2 days after you first start Windows – or sometimes after a Windows Update. The problem occurs because the system has to perform maintenance functions, to delete unnecessary files. Typically, this process will occur one or two days after the Out Of Box Experience (OOBE) Wizard runs. When this problem occurs, it may take as long as 10-20 minutes to shut the system down. The process occurs only one time. So just wait for the process to finish once.
2. If you’ve updated your Windows, maybe the Updates are taking a little longer than expected time to configure or install. Best to let the system...