Shutting down a Microsoft Windows computer

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What is the proper procedure for shutting down a computer running Windows?

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Close down all programs, click on the Start button, and select Shut Down.

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  • jinteik
    agree with AndreaF, just do what he says and you will be good.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Which version of windows r u using now.... is it xp/ 7/ 8 or older enough ! however, it is not necessary to close all progs every time, cause windows has enough capacity to manage opened files/ programs and gives warnings/ messages for the same. Also it is also required is ur pc stand alone/ connected with lan. U can shutdown any windows pc by pressing Alt+F4 also.
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  • bhannah
    Speaking as some one that is old school and someone that has been burned by pushing the power button to shut a PC down, that is not a good idea.  If you  have updates ready to install, you can damage the updates by just powering it off and yet I see person after person do just that. In windows 8, you do not have a start shut down button in the desktop anymore, so you have to go about this a little differently.  Close all open programs, go to the settings icon that will display from going to the lower right hand corner, and then click on the power button.  It will then give you option to shutdown.  XP and Win 7 have the start button, which will give you the option from the start button to shut down.  There are times in XP when there are programs that will not close and will have to be forced close and it will give you the option to do just that.
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  • AndreaF
    I would disagree bhannah - Windows 8.1, the latest update, reintroduces the desktop, complete with a shut down option from the start button.
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  • bhannah
    I will partially agree with AndreaF on part of the Windows 8.1 update.  The Desktop though, is not complete, and while it does have a shut down option, it is in confusing place.  Most end users will look for it under the power options and not at the end of the list.  I have already had Windows 8 users tell me because they cannot easily find the shut down option, they just power it off.
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  • Genderhayes

    To shut down, you should first close any programs you have been using. Then, click on the start button in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. This should bring up a menu with several options, including one at the bottom marked Shut Down. Depending on your settings and the version of Windows that your running, . Click on Shut Down and wait for a confirmation box to appear. 

    The box should give you a drop-down menu with several options, including Shut Down, Restart, and Stand By. Select Shut Down or Turn Off and click OK. The computer will then go through the process of shutting itself down; this may take several minutes, so be patient.


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