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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Windows 10 version 1903 – May 2019 Update Windows immediately restarts after shutdown

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      • #1952494 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        I upgraded a Lenovo Win 7 Pro laptop to Win 10 Pro 1903 yesterday.  All seemed well.  When I went to shut down, the laptop was off for about 2 seconds and then restarted itself!  When Windows restarts, if I use the shutdown icon at the lower right of the Welcome screen it does shutdown and it stays shut down.  Any idea what’s going on?

      • #1952588 Reply

        have you tried disabling Fast Startup?
        control panel-
        power options-
        (lefthand panel) choose what the power options do-
        Turn on Fast startup (untick box)

      • #1952939 Reply

        Thanks for the reply.

        Actually, I set HiberbootEnabled to 0 in the registry, which does the same thing, I believe (since “turn on Fast startup” no longer appears as a choice).  Still no change.  If I go to Clean Boot State and select “Diagnostic startup”, I can get it to shut down (once) after a reboot.

      • #1954183 Reply
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        See if this works

        Use command prompt as administrator

        Type shutdown /s /f /t 0

        It forces running apps to close, and then performs a full shutdown of the computer.

        During the week before Patch Tuesday I create a system image backup with an additional data backup. Please consider a similar plan that suits your schedule.
        HP EliteBook 8540w laptop Windows 10 Pro (x64)

      • #1954399 Reply
        AskWoody Lounger

        It sounds like your system is crashing during a shutdown.

        Windows is configured to automatically restart when the system crashes and that includes crashes that happen after you activate a shutdown option.
        Try typing View advanced system settings into the Search Bar and then press the Enter key.
        In the Advanced tab > Start-up and Recovery > Settings, uncheck Automatically Restart in the System Failure section > OK.

        See if that makes a difference.
        Unfortunately, if your system shuts down now as required, all this tells you is that your system is indeed crashing on shutdown and won’t give an explanation why. You’ll need to look elsewhere.

        • This reply was modified 9 months, 2 weeks ago by Moonshine.
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        • #2276711 Reply
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          My computer has been restarting after shutdown. But now I’m wondering, if it’s because of some system failure, maybe I shouldn’t uncheck the “Automatically restart” box.

          Should I leave bad enough alone?

          • #2276776 Reply
            Paul T
            AskWoody MVP

            Uncheck it and test. Nothing to lose.  🙂

            cheers, Paul

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            • #2276948 Reply
              AskWoody Plus

              Uncheck it and test. Nothing to lose. 🙂

              The greatest wisdom seems to always be the simplest.

              Thank you. Will try.

      • #1955057 Reply
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        Thanks so much!  That did the trick.  I knew about unchecking “Automatically restart” but couldn’t find the setting.  There were two programs which no longer worked after the Win 10 update and I hadn’t uninstalled them yet.  One of them may have been the culprit.  No matter; the laptop shuts down every time now.

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      • #1955161 Reply
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        cmptrgy:  Thanks for the reply.  I have a shortcut on the Desktop that does the same thing and there was no difference whether I used that shortcut or whether I used the shutdown built into the Win 10 Start Menu.

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