This wikiHow teaches you the safest way to shut down any version of Windows. There are many ways to shut your PC down safely, but the most common way to do so is using the Shut Down option in your Start menu. To avoid data loss, make sure you've saved all of your open files before shutting down your PC.
[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Using the Windows 10 Start Menu

  1. Click the Start menu. It's usually at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  2. Click Power . It's at the bottom-left corner of the menu.
  3. Click . Windows will now shut down and power off the PC.

    • If prompted to install updates before shutting down, select the option to do so.
    • If you are not able to shut down your computer with this method, try pressing and then selecting .

[Edit]Using Control Alt Delete on Windows 10 and 8

  1. Press on the keyboard. After a few moments, you'll see a screen with several menu options. The options may vary depending on the version of Windows you're using and which updates you've installed.
  2. Click the Power ****on. It's at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  3. Click . Windows will now shut down and the PC will turn off.

[Edit]Using the Windows 8 and 8.1 Start Menu

  1. Hover the mouse over the bottom-right corner of the screen. This will display a link to the Start menu at that corner.
  2. Right-click the Start menu. A menu will expand.[1]
  3. Click . Another menu will expand.
  4. Click . Windows will now shut down and the PC will turn off.

    • If prompted to install updates before shutting down, select the option to do so.

[Edit]Using the Windows 7 Start Menu

  1. Click the Start menu. It's the circle with a Windows logo, and it's usually at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  2. Click . It's at the bottom-right corner of the menu. A window with some options will appear.

    • If you donít see this option, click the small sideways triangle at the bottom-right corner to expand additional options.

  3. Select from the menu.
  4. Click . Windows will shut down and the PC will turn off.

[Edit]Using the Windows Vista Start Menu

  1. Click the Start menu. It's the circle with a Windows logo, and it's usually at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  2. Click the sideways triangle. It's at the bottom-right corner of the menu to the right of the padlock ****on. A menu will expand.
  3. Click . Windows will shut down and the PC will turn off.

[Edit]Using the Windows XP Start Menu

  1. Click the Start menu. It's the rectangle with a Windows logo, and it's usually at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  2. Click . It's next to the red icon at the bottom-right corner of the Start menu. A pop-up screen will appear.
  3. Click . It's the red icon at the center of the window.

    • If the menu says that Windows needs to install updates, it is recommended to do the installation. If you don't want to install updates, click instead.

  4. Wait while Windows is shutting down.

[Edit]Using the Command Prompt on Any PC

  1. Open the command prompt. You can shut down Windows from the command prompt if you're having issues shutting it down using the Start menu.

    • If you're using Windows 10 or 8, you can do this by typing into the Windows search bar and clicking when it appears.
    • If you're using Windows 7, Vista, or XP, click the Start menu, navigate to the , , and then click .

  2. Type at the prompt. You'll see a message that says the computer will shut down in one minute.[2]
  3. Press . This shuts down your PC.

[Edit]Using the Power ****on on Any PC

  1. Press and hold the power ****on for about 3 or 4 seconds. After a few seconds, you should see a shutdown message on the screen. Lift your finger when the message appears.

    • Only use this method if you were unable to shut down your PC using the method for its operating system.

  2. Select the option. This powers down your PC.Advertisement


    • If the PC is frozen and no shutdown message appears, you can force the machine to power off by holding down the power ****on until the screen goes dark. This should be an ultimate last resort as it could cause data corruption.

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[Edit]Tips

  • For a faster shut down, close all running program(s) first. You can do that by right clicking on your taskbar (or pressing {{keypress|Ctrl|Alt|Del]} clicking , and choosing the tab.
  • When installing updates, it will take longer (usually several minutes). Be patient.

[Edit]Warnings

  • Make sure you save all of your work. You will lose them if you don't.
  • Don't shut down your computer unless you close all the programs you have open.

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