How to properly shut down windows system


  1. Posts : 298
    Win10 10.0.18362 Build 18362
       #1

    How to properly shut down windows system


    sometimes, i shutdown windows system by pressing the power button

    but one of friend told me that this is not safe method of shutting down and it may result in corrupt RAM

    so he recommends to shut it down using start menu power option

    is my friend telling the truth or not about corrupt RAM

    Thnx in advance
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  2. Posts : 4,696
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 22H2
       #2

    There are some processes and apps that are running in the background. When you shut down a computer using the Start Menu, those programs and apps are allowed to close properly before shutting down. Pressing the power button stops those processes in the middle of what they were doing and may cause corruption or Bad Sectors on your SSD/HDD because it was not shut down properly.
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  3. Posts : 1,697
    Windows 10 Pro (+ Windows 10 Home VMs for testing)
       #3

    makhan10 said:
    sometimes, i shutdown windows system by pressing the power button
    This is more likely to put the machine into a sleep state... unless you press and hold the power button until all indicator lights go out.
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  4. Posts : 42,510
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #4

    Depends what the power button is configured to do, and whether you mean press an hold the power button for 5s or so.

    The power button could configured to shut down the system safely if you press it once, briefly, for example:
    How to properly shut down windows system-untitled.png


    Then consider what your PC might be doing at the time.
    If it is busy writing to the disk and you force a shutdown (by holding the power button down for long enough) you coudl end up with a right mess on your disk/.

    If it is processing a update or upgrade you could end up with an unbootable PC.
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  5. Posts : 298
    Win10 10.0.18362 Build 18362
    Thread Starter
       #5

    RickC said:
    This is more likely to put the machine into a sleep state... unless you press and hold the power button until all indicator lights go out.
    When i press the power button only for one second it shutdown immediately

    Thnx everybody for your kind help
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  6. Posts : 4,201
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Latest RP
       #6

    For systems where fast access to data is prefered, I would always recommend setting the short press to hibernate - this is a medium fast shutdown where the current state of the system is saved to disk. also you could, if you wish, then take the system to another location and when started it will boot to the place you were when you shut down originally
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  7. Posts : 16,577
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3930
       #7

    makhan10 said:
    When i press the power button only for one second it shutdown immediately
    So I assume that's what you have set it to do in Power options, Choose what the power buttons do, When I press the power button
    [shown in dalchina's diagram above]

    You can also shut it down correctly by using a shortcut to
    Code:
    shutdown.exe /s /t 0 /f
    Shutdown - SS64


    Forcing it off by keeping the power button down for several seconds should only be done if you have no choice because, say, the system has frozen.
    It's not really RAM that is put at risk by improper shutdowns but the currently-logged-in user account's profile.
    - Windows consolidates changes only when signing off and that's part of shutdown.
    - If Windows does not get the chance to consolidate changes properly then the profile might be put back together incorrectly & the user account might fail to work properly or might refuse attempts to log into it.
    - I create spare Admin accounts to help recover from the effects of this my ditty - Create two spare local, password-protected Admin accounts [post #2] in Windows 10, 11 - TenForums
    - This corruption was frequently reported in Windows 7 but is not so common these days.


    All the best,
    Denis
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  8. Posts : 56
    Windows 10 Home x64 22H2
       #8

    windows goes crazy after forcing shut down, like power cut-off. PC's that use HDD as primary disk, can be dangerous for losing data too. For me, start screen shut-down is the best and safest.
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