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Windows 7: Clear "windows did not shut down successfully" ?

27 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
Clear "windows did not shut down successfully" ?

Howdy -

"Window 7 Ultimate" on a nearly-stock eMachines.

Every time I boot I get a "windows did not shut down successfully" message, along with the "Safe Mode" menu.

However, when I shut down it seems to shut down completely normally - NO hangs or error messages, NO unexpected shutdowns: everything seems correct except the message itself. Reboot time is fast (about 45-50 seconds); but I always get the message and the menu on bootup. I'd been playing with boot-time defragmenters, but other than that have no idea what's going on. I have the feeling that some flag is getting set - in the registry or a file somewhere - and never gets reset to indicate a normal shutdown. I've looked at some error logs but perhaps I'm not looking at the right one(s). Hours of googling haven't helped....

On booting, how does Windows 7 determine that the last shutdown was not "successful"? And how can I clear this?


PS: I've done the chkdsk/chkntfs/safe boot/etc until blue in the face; my backup had the same prob and I'm trying to avoid a reinstall...

My System SpecsSystem Spec

27 Feb 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP


Let's have a look at these reports even though you're not reporting BSOD's:
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by usasma View Post
Let's have a look at these reports even though you're not reporting BSOD's:

Hi John -

I found some other major probs (like no windows components!) while fooling around with this, so I did a re-install.

But I'll definitely keep your link handy, thanks.

For the idly curious, shutdown info is here:
What Is Shutdown Event Tracker?: System Reliability
System Shutdown Reason Codes (Windows)
Shutdown Event Tracker

Registry entries:
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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