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Windows 7: Windows Will Shut Down In Less Than A Minute?

01 Mar 2014   #1
JakeC112

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Windows Will Shut Down In Less Than A Minute?

Hi,

I was using my computer today when I randomly got the "Windows Will Shut Down In Less Than A Minute" dialog just after postponing an automatic update for 4 hours. Luckily I was fast and opened Run and used "shutdown.exe -a" to stop the shutdown. The dialog was exactly the same as when I run "shutdown.exe /s" from Remote Desktop. While port 3389 is open for remote connections IS open in my routers firewall I have made certain that I must already be logged in as an admin and the firewall must be turned off before an external connection (from outside my local network) can be made, my local network is secured by MAC filtering. There was a Standard User account with no password but you can only get as far as the logon screen as it has no rights to use remote desktop. I have since removed the account just in case.

My gut feeling is I accidentally clicked "Restart Now" instead of "Postpone" in the update window. Also, If someone where trying to get in they would have made another attempt by now.

Any ideas or explanations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks


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01 Mar 2014   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Your gut feeling is probably correct.

But, if someone had managed to get in and that someone managed to put some files/changes in place that required a restart, then that would explain why no further (visible) connection "attempts" have been made/noticed. One or more offline scans of the computer might put your mind at ease. (7 Bootable Antivirus Rescue Discs For Offline Scanning)


Do you use the remote desktop connection to the computer as a part of a business?
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01 Mar 2014   #3
JakeC112

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Your gut feeling is probably correct.

But, if someone had managed to get in and that someone managed to put some files/changes in place that required a restart, then that would explain why no further (visible) connection "attempts" have been made/noticed. One or more offline scans of the computer might put your mind at ease. (7 Bootable Antivirus Rescue Discs For Offline Scanning)


Do you use the remote desktop connection to the computer as a part of a business?
Thanks, The computer is my home PC not part of a business. I have had a thought. The computer is scheduled to turn on at 00:00 on the 28th of every month via the BIOS. The idea of this was to run a virus scan. Unfortunately it gets hung up on the logon screen and I haven't had a chance to fix it yet. Would my scheduled shutdown (for 01:00 in task scheduler) run anyway when I logged in?
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01 Mar 2014   #4
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I cannot test right now, but I think that the Windows event logs should have a record of a shutdown that was initiated via a scheduled task.
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01 Mar 2014   #5
sml156

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601
 
 

I found this on Microsoft's site

Quote:
Will Windows ask me before it restarts after an update, or will it restart automatically?
Windows Update will notify you if you need to restart your computer to finish installing updates, and give you the opportunity to restart right away or postpone the restart. If you're away from your computer for an extended period of time, Windows will automatically restart your computer. Windows does this to help make sure all the latest security and other important updates are applied in a timely manner to help keep your computer more secure.
Source:
Understanding Windows automatic updating - Microsoft Windows Help

I found another link on this site that may interest you about updates
Windows Update - Enable or Disable Automatic Restart

If you want to make absolutely sure that port 3389 is invisible to the out side world try this site

Steve Gibson's NEW SHIELDS UP! TEST
https://www.grc.com/default.htm
Go to the services tab and click on Shields up
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