Skip to comments.Windows 7 will not go gentle into that good night: Ageing OS refuses to shut down (UAC problem?)
Posted on 02/10/2020 10:55:39 AM PST by dayglored
Users rage, rage against the dying of the light (and support)
It's not only end of support that Windows 7 diehards have to contend with. Late last week a new problem emerged systems that refuse to shut down.
Complaints have been widespread on Reddit, Microsoft's official Answers forum and on on SevenForums. Some users also reported other issues, such as not being able to view their documents folder in Explorer.
Fortunately the problem seems to be fixable in most cases. The favourite solution is to tweak the UAC (User Account Control) settings with the Group Policy setting "Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode" or the equivalent registry setting. Then run
gpupdate/force, and everything goes back to normal.
There are other workarounds, such as using shutdown from the command prompt, or logging off and then shutting down.
This does not explain the reason for the problem, which appeared mysteriously on or around 7 February. There may be a clue in two other popular fixes.
One is to disable a service called Adobe Genuine Monitor Service. This gets installed with Adobe software and presumably attempts to verify that you are not running hacked, cracked or stolen key versions.
Another theory is that it was security software Bitdefender wot dunnit. "I'm afraid it looks like BitDefender is responsible for this WORLDWIDE CRISIS!!!" said one disgruntled user.
We are not convinced since it appears that not only Bitdefender users have suffered on this occasion.
El Reg suggests changing the UAC setting, which is probably a good plan anyway. No, Microsoft has not been resorting to dirty tactics to force users to upgrade to Windows 10 (or migrate to Linux); but it would not be surprising to see increasing numbers of mysterious issues with Windows 7 as it becomes less well supported not only by Microsoft but also by third parties. ®
...it would not be surprising to see increasing numbers of mysterious issues with Windows 7 as it becomes less well supported not only by Microsoft but also by third parties.
In before the “You should switch to Linux” crowd.
Windows 7 has become self-aware...
Dave...I am scared, Dave.
“As of January 2020, 26.79% of traditional PCs running Windows are running Windows 7 (and thus 21% of all traditional PCs), which still has over 60% market share in some countries. “
Didn’t realize it still had that kind of footprint.
Good, I hope it never shuts down as I like 7 better.
Windows 10 will sometimes start a totally shut off computer on its own to install updates. We might be getting to the point when we can’t control our own computers.
“Want to play a game?”
“In before the You should switch to Linux crowd.”
My hard disc crashed on my windows 10 laptop. Downloaded Linux Mint on a USB memory stick and i’m now running the laptop with that stick.
It’s surprising how usable it is.
I run XP.
Never had a problem.
Sounds like something happened to those that did not shut off MS updates some years ago.
My personal poison, iOS
My motherboard crashed on my Linux Mint system so I used my hard drive reader and Linux HDD plugged into a USB port on my Win 7 system. It started up in Linux with no prompting. Let me keep going like nothing happened until I could replace that broken box. Installed the Linux HDD into the new (refurbished) system I found on sale for $69 and away I went with no extra work involved.
There are many reasons so many people praise Linux. It’s what Windows should have been.
“Well, pull the damn plug!”
Solution: Turn off Windows Update (should have done that months ago), run your system behind a firewall, anti-virus program, anti-malware program and a VPN. If you don’t plan to put your machine on the internet, then just turn off the updates and enjoy. You’ll have a closed system that can last as long as you don’t make any major changes.
“I hope it never shuts down as I like 7 better.”
I agree. Better that it never shuts down than it never starts up. I can live with that.
“Windows 10 will sometimes start a totally shut off computer on its own to install updates. We might be getting to the point when we cant control our own computers.”
In other words it’s never completely shut off. Is big brother meddling with the hardware design of our computers?
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