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Windows 7: Shutdown + closing laptop lid

21 Mar 2011   #11

Windows 7 64bit

Looks like that I'm not the only one with that issue

Closing laptop should NOT hibernate after shutdown has been ordered - Windows 7 Taskforce

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21 Mar 2011   #12

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS

Microsoft do all they can to accommodate different user preferences, but they haven't mastered the " the user's mind to find out what they want to do this time..." problem.

It is expected to be here by Windows 11, about 4 years after it becomes incorporated it in Winbuntu 20.10
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21 Mar 2011   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

When the laptop is in it's "shutdown" processes, it isn't fully shutdown, so it will register things like a lid closing. It isn't an issue at's doing what it is supposed to do. An OS can't make up for a user's impatience. Trust me, if it could, as an IT Manager, I'd be using that OS for years now. If you can't wait that long and are really that impatient, then follow the above steps for using hibernate. If you want to let your laptop shutdown...let it shutdown. Simple as that. Shutting down takes longer, because it does more and has more processes to do. Simple as that.
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21 Mar 2011   #14

W7 Professional x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by matejdro View Post
That's why I'm looking for solution for that.

What is the point of having sleep mode triggers still active after you order your system to shutdown?
It's because your machine is still executing the command to shut off system processes, and the sleep mode, afaik, is read as an "interrupt" command, and orders the system to sleep, regardless of what it's doing at present. I don't there's an actual way to "fix" this, other than being patient.

I suppose you could go for a Solid State Drive, which would improve boot/shutdown times, but it won't by any means solve it.
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21 Mar 2011   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)

*sigh*....why not just have it shut down when you close the lid and don't push the button at all?
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30 May 2013   #16

win 8

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnnya View Post
I drove into my garage the other day and shut down the engine while it was still rolling ahead. Darn if it didn't crash into the back wall and caused a lot of damage. Stupid car manufactures, can't they fix that problem? lol
laughed for a couple of minutes!
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30 May 2013   #17
Microsoft MVP


I concur that the solution is likely Hibernate for closing the lid, as it works perfectly in WIn7 to save your work then effectively Shut down, but starts up twice as fast or faster.

It's not really even necessary to Shut Down as if you have Updates prompting for a Restart just act on those when you get to them.

Sleep is a bad choice for suspending because it drains power which can cause issues if it runs down the battery unnoticed.
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15 Apr 2015   #18

Windows 8.1 64 Enterprise

I see that this post is rather old but maybe someone is still subscribed to it. I found this from google and from a Enterprise standpoint this is a rather big problem, especially when using roaming profile. We've dragged this through Microsoft and basically just got a link with the ID of the power event that occurs when you close the lid.

I developed a Windows Service that handles the "Close lid action" and this seems to be the only way to get what you are asking for if you don't want to lose the normal functionality when closing the lid. I made a light version on my free time which I have put up on the internet, so if you are looking for a way to get around this you could check out En helt ny inriktning - which sadly is written in Swedish, but the code speaks for itself. Just add whatever you need and compile it.

It is a legit problem and there's no need to be an asshole when someone asks a question. Sadly it seems like only way to get around this today is to code yourself to a solution.

It might be 2 years late, but I hope you got your answer! *Goes back to lurking in the shadow*
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15 Apr 2015   #19
Microsoft MVP


Thanks for updating the thread. I still think Hibernate is the best all-around solution as it is a sounder sleep that precludes the need to either Shut Down (it does that after saving your work) or Sleep (It doesn't use power but still starts up nearly as fast).

If you only have your laptop set to sleep and go away for six months, it has powered the RAM the entire time. Hibernate does not - it is as shut down as Shutdown, but saves your work to hard drive and starts up in half the time.
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25 Sep 2015   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Miwca View Post
It is a legit problem and there's no need to be an asshole when someone asks a question. Sadly it seems like only way to get around this today is to code yourself to a solution.
I wholeheartedly agree. I don't post much but often find solutions via Google on this forum. But the responses here have just been weirdly unreasonable and juvenile.

I don't get why a lot of people are so passionate about defending unnecessary crap, like shitty UI "improvements" or this issue.

   if shutting_down
Microsoft is too dumb/lazy to do something that simple that would make the use of millions of laptops a bit more comfortable and that really should have always been there and that's not worth complaining about? O_o

*Goes back to lurking in the shadow*
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