Shutdown Script Not Working Solved

  1.    #1

    Shutdown Script Not Working


    Following this article How to empty the Windows Recycle Bin automatically - gHacks Tech News

    I created the batch script, which works, and added to Shutdown scripts via GPE.

    But, it does not run at shutdown.

    I have 2 accounts and 2 drives on the laptop, Local Admin and Local Standard (which uses D drive for daily usage); could it be I need to add something to the script to specify which drive and which account to use?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Although the Ghacks article doesn't mention it specifically, have you put the script in C:\WINDOWS\System32\GroupPolicy\Machine\Scripts\Shutdown ? The other thing you can try according to this thread is disable faststartup ?

    Shutdown script (gpedit) runs with 'Restart' but not with 'Shut down' Solved - Windows 10 Forums
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  3.    #3

    Hi das10,

    Well, after some frustrating testing this is the outcome:

    1. disabling fast startup made no difference

    2. putting the script where you suggested had no effect

    3. creating a task in Task Scheduler to run at startup asked me to enter credentials but even using Local Admin it gave an error (not recognized, not authenticated etc.)

    By the way, why does Task Scheduler not have an option to run at shutdown???

    In the end, I put the script in the startup folder for the local standard account and that worked.


    Not exactly because I would like to understand why using GPE did not run the script or why the other options also did not work.

    In any event, really appreciate the help.


    Update: I found the solution, at least on my laptop with the current configurations.

    Adding the script to Group Policy >> Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Scripts > Shutdown does not work, as reported above.

    However, adding to Group Policy >> User Configuration > Windows Settings > Scripts > Logoff works exactly as I wanted.
    Last edited by Rubi; 6 Days Ago at 13:04. Reason: adding more information
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  4.    #4

    OK, so I just tried this using the empty recycle bin from the Tenforums tutorial section. But first, I added a simple "ping -n 5 -w 0.5" command to the batch file to make the script window last longer after I edited Group Policy to show the script as it it runs by enabling it at (computer configuration -> adminstrative templates -> system -> scripts). The error message indicated that running scripts on this machine is not allowed (probably because the batch command is invoking powershell to execute the empty recycle bin command). This could be overcome, by allowing scripts to run, but I didn't venture into that territory due to any possible security issues in future. I don't know if this is the definitive answer as to why the bat file won't run in shutdown scripts.
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  5.    #5

    That's very interesting indeed.

    So, if it works under User Configuration as posted above then presumably it has something to do with privileges (as you discovered) and as I noticed in a roundabout kind of way.

    Appreciate that you looked into it further.

    Are there any potential security issues I need to be concerned about with the way I set it up now?
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  6.    #6

    I personally don't think so unless you have changed the default settings ( which I don't think you have ) and enabled scripts to run system wide without restriction.
    Last edited by das10; 6 Days Ago at 17:33.
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