7 Ways To Fix Windows 10 Slow Shutdown

7 Ways To Fix Windows 10 Slow Shutdown: Users are reporting a new issue with Windows 10 where it takes a long time to shut down completely. Even though the screen is turned off instantaneously but their hardware continues to run as the LED on power button remain on for few more minutes before turning off. Well, if it takes just a few seconds then it’s normal but users are facing this issue where it takes 10-15 minutes to a complete shutdown. The main cause of this error seems to be corrupted Windows Files or Drivers which won’t let Windows shutdown completely.

7 Ways To Fix Windows 10 Slow Shutdown

Few users are so annoyed that they are manually turning off their PC which isn’t recommended as it can damage your PC hardware. Well, I get it, it’s quite annoying to wait 15 minutes to shutdown your PC and frankly, this will frustrate anyone. But thankfully, there are quite a few methods by which this issue can be fixed in no time, so without wasting any time, let’s see how to Fix Windows 10 slow shutdown issue.

7 Ways To Fix Windows 10 Slow Shutdown

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Run System File Checker (SFC) and Check Disk (CHKDSK)

1.Press Windows Key + X then click on Command Prompt(Admin).

command prompt with admin rights

2.Now type the following in the cmd and hit enter:

Sfc /scannow
sfc /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows

SFC scan now command prompt

3.Wait for the above process to finish and once done restart your PC.

4.Next, run CHKDSK from here Fix File System Errors with Check Disk Utility(CHKDSK).

5.Let the above process complete and again reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 2: Run DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management)

1.Press Windows Key + X then select Command Prompt(Admin).

command prompt admin

2.Enter the following command in cmd and hit enter:

Important: When you DISM you need to have Windows Installation Media ready.

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:\RepairSource\Windows /LimitAccess

Note: Replace the C:\RepairSource\Windows with the location of your repair source

cmd restore health system

2.Press enter to run the above command and wait for the process to complete, usually, it takes 15-20 minutes.

NOTE: If the above command doesn't work then try on the below: 
Dism /Image:C:\offline /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:c:\test\mount\windows /LimitAccess

3.After the DISM process if complete, type the following in the cmd and hit Enter: sfc /scannow

4.Let System File Checker run and once it’s complete, restart your PC. Check if the Windows 10 Slow Shutdown problem is resolved or not.

Method 3: Run CCleaner and Malwarebytes

Perform a Full antivirus scan to make sure your computer is secure. In addition to this run CCleaner and Malwarebytes Anti-malware.

1.Download and install CCleaner & Malwarebytes.

2.Run Malwarebytes and let it scan your system for harmful files.

3.If malware is found it will automatically remove them.

4.Now run CCleaner and in the “Cleaner” section, under the Windows tab, we suggest checking the following selections to be cleaned:

ccleaner cleaner settings

5.Once you’ve made certain the proper points are checked, simply click Run Cleaner, and let CCleaner run its course.

6.To clean your system further select the Registry tab and ensure the following are checked:

registry cleaner

7.Select Scan for Issue and allow CCleaner to scan, then click Fix Selected Issues.

8.When CCleaner asks “Do you want backup changes to the registry?” select Yes.

9.Once your backup has completed, select Fix All Selected Issues.

10.Restart your PC to save changes. This would Fix Windows 10 Slow Shutdown but if it didn’t then continue to the next method.

Method 4: Run System Maintenance

1.Type Maintenance in Windows Search bar and click on “Security and Maintenance.

click Security Maintenance in Windows search

2.Expand Maintenance section and click on Start maintenance.

click Start maintenance in Security and Maintenance

3.Let System Maintenance run and reboot when the process is finished.

let System Maintenance run

Method 5: Perform a Clean Boot

Sometimes 3rd party software can conflict with Windows Store and therefore, you should not be able to install any apps from Windows apps store. In order to Fix Windows 10 Slow Shutdown, you need to perform a clean boot in your PC and diagnose the issue step by step.

Perform Clean boot in Windows. Selective startup in system configuration

Method 6: Run Power Troubleshooter

1.Type “troubleshooting” in Windows Search bar and click on Troubleshooting.

troubleshooting control panel

2.Next, from the left window pane select View all.

3.Then from the Troubleshoot computer problems list select Power.

select windows update from troubleshoot computer problems

4.Follow on-screen instruction and let the Power Troubleshoot run.

5.Reboot your PC when the process is complete and check if Windows 10 Slow Shutdown problem is fixed or not.

Method 7: Registry Fix

1.Press Windows Key + R then type “regedit” (without quotes) and hit Enter.

Run command regedit

2.Navigate to the following Registry Key:


3.Make sure you have highlighted Control in the left pane then look for WaitToKillServiceTimeout in the right window pane.

Open WaitToKillServiceTimeout Registry Value

4.If you haven’t found the value then right-click in an empty area on the right-hand side of registry window and click New > String Value.

5.Name this String as WaitToKillServiceTimeout and then double click on it.

6.If you have created or if you already have the WaitToKillServiceTimeout string, just double-click on it and change its value between 1000 to 20000 which corresponds the value between 1 to 20 seconds successively.

Note: Don’t save this value too low that would lead programs to exit without saving changes.

change the value of WaitToKillServiceTimeout between 1000 to 20000

7.Click Ok and close everything. Reboot your PC save changes and then again check the if the issue is resolved or not.

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That’s it you have successfully Fix Windows 10 Slow Shutdown problem but if you still have any queries regarding this post feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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    Deana J. Shaffer

    You recommend downloading Malwarebytes in addition to an antivirus scan. I use IOBit Antimalware. Doesn’t Malwarebytes HATE IOBit and detects it as malicious software?

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