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Windows 7: Laptop going to sleep instead of shutting down.

07 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64BIT
Laptop going to sleep instead of shutting down.

Hello all,

Any ideas why this is happening? I am unable to shutdown the laptop. Its a Dell laptop running Windows 7 64BIT.

Kind Regards,


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07 Nov 2011   #2

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Windows 7 x64

Are you shutting down with the power button?
If so you can change how the power button behaves in the control panel under power options.

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08 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64BIT

Hi Maguscreed,

Thanks for the reply. I'm shutting down using the button (Start Menu > Shut Down). I've also noticed that when I restart the laptop shuts down and then powers on. Anything else I can try?

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08 Nov 2011   #4
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit

Hello there,

Make sure Power button action is set to Shutdown.

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09 Nov 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro 64BIT

Yep the power button is set to shut down.
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