Fix: Windows 10 Shutdown Button Not Working

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Windows 10 might be the latest operating system from Microsoft, but it’s not without its flaws and issues. Speaking of Windows 10 issues, some users are complaining that in Windows 10 shutdown button isn’t working, so let’s see is there a way to fix this issue.

Before we start resolving this issue, make sure that your Windows 10 is up to date. Make sure that you use Windows Update to check for updates because Microsoft will release fixes via Windows Update if they have found a solution for this issue. If your Windows 10 is up to date, but you’re still experiencing problems with a shutdown button you might want to try some of these solutions.

What to do if Shutdown Button Isn’t Working in Windows 10

There are several ways to shut down a PC, but many users prefer using the shutdown button. Speaking of shutdown button, users reported the following issues with it:

  • Start Menu shutdown not working – This problem can occur due to corrupted installation. If you have this issue, you might want to create a new user profile and check if that helps.
  • When I click shutdown nothing happens Windows 10 – If the shutdown button doesn’t work, you might want to try shutting down your PC by using a different method.
  • Shutdown button not working laptop – Sometimes the shutdown button on your laptop might not work. This is caused by your power settings and it can be easily fixed.
  • Shutdown button not showing, available, disappeared, missing – These are several common problems that users reported. In most cases, they are caused by corrupted Windows 10 installation.
  • Shutdown button doesn’t work – This can be an annoying problem, but you should be able to fix it using one of our solutions.

Solution 1 – Put your computer into sleep mode and then shut it down

This is more of a workaround that will temporarily fix your problem, but it’s not a permanent solution, so keep that in mind.

As for the workaround, first, you need to put your computer into sleep mode. To do this, click Start, then press the power icon and choose Sleep. Your computer should go to the sleep mode, and you need to wake it up, sign in, and then shut it down. This is an unusual solution, but users claim that it fixes the problem temporarily.


Solution 2 – Replace Intel Management Interface driver

According to the reports, Intel Management Interface driver can cause some shutdown issues, so to fix it you need to install the older version. Currently, version 11 is the main cause of these issues on laptops, so let’s check first what version of the driver you’re using:

  1. Press Windows Key + X and choose Device Manager from the list.
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  2. Under System Devices locate Intel Management Interface.
  3. Right click it and choose Properties.
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  4. Now you can check the version of the driver.
  5. If the version is 11, go to Intel’s website and download version 10.0 or 9.5.24.1790.
  6. When you try to install them, you’ll be notified that you already have a newer version.
  7. Click Yes to overwrite it.

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Solution 3 – Use a shutdown command to shutdown your PC

Many users reported that shutdown button isn’t working on Windows 10. This can be a big problem since you won’t be able to turn off your PC. However, you can always shutdown your PC using the shutdown command. To do that, just do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog.
  2. When the Run dialog opens, enter %SystemRoot%\System32\Shutdown.exe -s -t 00 -f and press Enter or click OK.
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After running this command, your PC should shut down. If this command works, you might want to create a shortcut in order to run this command faster. This is rather simple, and you can it by following these steps:

  1. Right click your Desktop and choose New > Shortcut from the menu.
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  2. In the Type the location of the item field enter %SystemRoot%\System32\Shutdown.exe -s -t 00 -f and click Next to continue.
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  3. Change the name of the shortcut if you want and click on Finish.
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Once the wizard is complete, you can use the newly created shortcut to shut down your PC quickly. Keep in mind that this is just a workaround, so it won’t fix the core problem, but it will allow you to shut down your PC with just a couple of clicks.


Solution 4 – Install the latest updates

Windows 10 is a solid operating system, but sometimes certain glitches and bugs can appear. If the shutdown button isn’t working on your PC, the problem might be a bug on your system. The best way to permanently fix this problem is to install the latest updates.

By default, Windows 10 will automatically install the missing updates, but sometimes you might miss an important update. However, you can always check for updates manually by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. When Settings app opens, navigate to Update & security.
  3. Now in the right pane click on Check for updates button.

Windows will now check for available updates. If any updates are available, they will be downloaded automatically and installed once you restart your PC. After installing the updates, check if the problem still appears.


Solution 5 – Change power button settings

If the shutdown button isn’t working on your PC, the problem might be your settings. The power button can be configured to do several things, and sometimes it might not turn off your PC. However, you can easily change that by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter power settings. Select Power & sleep settings from the menu.
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  2. Click Additional power settings in the right pane.
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  3. Now click Choose what the power button does from the menu on the left.
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  4. Set When I press the power button to Shut down. Now click on Save changes.
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After doing that, your power button will be configured to shut down your PC whenever you press it.


Solution 6 – Use Win + X menu

If the shutdown button doesn’t work, you might be able to turn off your PC using this workaround. Windows 10 comes with a useful menu called Win + X menu that holds several useful shortcuts. Using this menu you can easily access certain applications, but you can also turn off your PC. To do that, do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + X or right click the Start Button to open Win + X menu.
  2. Select Shut down or sign out and choose Shut down from the menu.
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After doing that, your PC should shut down without any problems. Keep in mind that this is just a workaround, so you’ll have to use this method every time you want to shut down your PC.


Solution 7 – Turn off Fast Startup

Windows 10 has an interesting feature called Fast Startup that allows your PC to start faster. The feature combines shutdown and hibernation into one allowing your PC to start faster. However, certain issues can occur due to this feature, and many users are suggesting to turn it off. To do that, you just need to follow these steps:

  1. Repeat Steps 1-3 from Solution 5.
  2. Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.
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  3. Now uncheck Turn on fast startup (recommended) and click on Save changes.
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After doing that, this feature should be disabled completely. Keep in mind that your PC might boot a bit slower than before after turning off this feature, but the shutdown problem should be resolved entirely.


Solution 8 – Turn off hibernation

Hibernation is a rather useful feature that will shutdown your PC and save all your open files allowing you to continue where you left off. However, sometimes this feature can cause your shutdown button to not work properly. In order to fix this problem, you need to disable the hibernation feature by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + X and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu. Alternatively, you can use PowerShell (Admin) if Command Prompt is unavailable.
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  2. When Command Prompt starts, enter powercfg.exe /hibernate off and press Enter to run it.
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After doing that, the hibernation feature will be turned off and the shutdown problem will be resolved.


Solution 9 – Reset your BIOS

If the shutdown button isn’t working, the problem might be your BIOS configuration. BIOS works as a configuration utility for your PC, and sometimes certain BIOS settings can interfere with your PC and prevent it from shutting down properly.

Many versions of BIOS allow you to choose between several different shutdown modes, and sometimes choosing a wrong shutdown mode can cause this issue to appear. However, you can fix that problem simply by resetting BIOS to default.

To do that, you just need to enter BIOS and select the reset option. To see how to enter BIOS and how to reset it, we advise you to check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions.

In addition, users have reported that removing Intel Rapid Storage and Intel Security Assist also helps fixing this problem. You might want to check out similar fixes just in case your Windows 10 laptop won’t shut down.

That would be all, I hope these solutions helped you to fix the problem with shutdown button in Windows 10. If you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solution in our Windows 10 Fix section.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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