Disable ‘Programs Still Need to Close” in Windows 8, 8.1, 10

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If you are in a hurry and you want to power off your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 device quickly you might experience an annoying alert saying that “Programs still need to close”. Well, if you want to disable this in built Windows feature, don’t hesitate and use the instructions from this step by step guide.
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Almost each time you want to restart or power off your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 based device, the OS will prompt you with the following message “A number of Programs Still Need to close” where a number of programs might be 1, 2 and so on. These programs might have unsaved data and that’s why Windows is preventing you from shutting down. But, in most of the cases the programs that must be manually closed aren’t using any data at all, so the alert message isn’t useful. Due to same reasons, the “Programs still need to close” Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 message will become quite annoying.

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So, if you know that you are always saving your data before closing a program, or before shutting down or rebooting your Windows based device, you can now choose to disable this in-built feature. In order to do so, you just have to complete the steps from below.

How to Disable Windows 8 “Programs still need to close” Alert

  1. First of all, go to your Start Screen.
  2. From there press Win + R dedicated keyboard keys in order to open the “run” box.win+run
  3. Type “regedit” and press on “ok”.
  4. The Registry window will now be displayed on your Windows 8 device.
  5. On Registry go to path “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop”.registy editor
  6. On the right panel of Registry right click on a blank space. Select “New” and then create a string value –name this new value as “AutoEndTask”.
  7. Double click on AutoEndTask and set its value to 1.auto end task
  8. Close Registry and reboot your Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 device as you are done.

That is how you can disable the “Programs still need to close” feature on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Now, you will be able to reboot or power off your device without having to force close programs or without dealing with any other prompts or alerts. So, we are done for today; stay close as further Windows 8 tips, tricks and guides will be developed for you tablet, laptop or desktop.

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