The shutdown delay problem has been fixed in Windows 10

If you’ve noticed that Windows 10’s downtime is longer than before, which bothers you, you can find the cause and solutions in this post.

After a day at work, you hit the close button and pack your bags to leave. But when you look at your computer screen, it’s still on the loading screen. You stop and look at it expectantly. Normally, the shutdown process shouldn’t take more than a few seconds. But if you spend a lot of time during the shutdown, your computer will have a slow shutdown problem with Windows 10.

Microsoft Windows 10 is the fastest operating system that can be started or stopped in seconds. But sometimes, after hitting the shutdown button, you may notice that Windows 10 takes forever to shut down or that Windows 10 takes longer to shut down than before. A number of users report that Windows 10 is slow to shut down after the update and that the shutdown time has decreased from about 10 seconds to 90 seconds. If you’ve also noticed that your computer is having problems with Windows 10 shutting down slowly, don’t worry, we have simple solutions.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. And this problem should be easy to fix.

What is the root cause of the error?

What is the root cause of the error?

The error is caused by the USB Type C connector system (USCI) software interface in Windows 10, which handles all connections for USB Type C devices. Under Windows 10 version 1809, USCI seems to take 60 seconds longer to handle connection losses when the PC shuts down or goes to sleep mode.

While annoying, the longer downtime seems to be the only negative effect; downtime and hibernation delays don’t seem to cause USB-connected devices to fail.

Here are the steps to delay Windows 10’s shutdown.

Here are the steps to delay Windows 10's shutdown.

Get the most recent Windows updates

Again, make sure you have the latest Windows updates installed, as Microsoft regularly publishes bug fixes with the latest cumulative updates.
Windows 10 is set to automatically download and install the latest versions, but you can check them manually by following these steps.

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I.
  2. Click Update and security, and then click the Update window.
  3. Now click Check for Updates so that Windows 10 can download update files from Microsoft’s server.
  4. After downloading and installing the Windows updates, restart your computer to apply them.

Also, make sure you have the latest updated device drivers installed on your system.

Troubleshoot a problem with your power supply

Run the built-in diagnostic tool by following the steps below and let Windows check and fix the problem that is preventing Windows from shutting down properly.

  1. Press Windows + I to open
  2. Click Refresh and Protect, and then click Troubleshooting.
  3. Here, scroll down the middle bar and select Power.
  4. Initiate Power Troubleshooting
  5. This will diagnose your computer’s power settings and adjust them if necessary.
  6. After completing the operation, restart your computer and see if it helps.

Quick Startup Disabled

This is another effective way to solve most startup and shutdown problems.
Microsoft has added a new Quick Start feature to optimize Windows startup time, but the feature has some drawbacks. A number of users report that disabling Quickstart helps them solve Windows 10 startup and shutdown issues.

  • Open the Control Panel
  • Search and select Power Options.
  • From the left menu, select Select what the power buttons do.
  • Select Change settings that are not currently available.
  • Scroll down to the Shutdown Settings section.
  • Uncheck the Enable Quick Start option.
  • the Save Changes button.

Optimize Windows Registry Editor

The main reason for the slow shutdown process of Windows 10 is the corrupted system/registry files.
To fix this, follow these steps:

  • Press Windows + R, type regedit, and OK to open the Windows registry editor.
  • First, back up the registry, and then find the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerMemory Management.
  • Change the ClearPageFile value at shutdown to 0 if it is 1.
  • Now find the following registry key ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControl
  • Make sure the checkbox above Control is in the left pane, then look for WaitToKillServiceTimeout in the right pane of the registry editor window.
  • If you can’t find the value, right-click an empty area (in the right pane of the Registry Editor window) and select New -> String Value.
  • Name this string WaitToKillServiceTimeout and open it.
  • Set the value in the range of 1000 to 20000, which corresponds to a range of 1 to 20 seconds.
    Note: If you shut down the computer without saving the files, they will be automatically saved to prevent them from being lost. This process may take some time. To avoid setting this range to less than 20 seconds, as this will cause applications to close without saving the changes.
  • Click OK.
  • Finally, restart your computer to apply the changes.

This method will definitely solve your problem and speed up the closing process.

Resetting the power plan

Resetting the power plan can help with the current problem. If you were using a custom power plan, try resetting it once.

  • Open “Control Panel”, then go to “Power Settings”,
  • Select the power plan according to your needs and click on “Change Power Plan Settings”.
  • Click the “Change Advanced Power Plan Settings” button.
  • Click “Restore default power plan settings” under “Power Options”.
  • Click Apply and then click OK.

Running DISM Utility and SFC Utility

As mentioned earlier, this problem is usually caused by missing corrupted system files.
We recommend running the System File Check Utility with the DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) command, which restores the system image and recovers missing and corrupted system files.

Open a command prompt as administrator and run the following DISM command.

Dismount / Online / Cleanup-image / Restore-health

Wait until DISM completes 100% of the scanner repair process. Then type the command sfc /scannow and press Enter to execute the command.

The system file scanner begins scanning for missing corrupted system files and, if found, restores them from the compressed %WinDir%System32dllcache folder.

When the scan is 100% complete, restart Windows and consult this help.

Updating display drivers

Again, if your Windows 10 PC contains old or corrupt drivers, this will cause problems on your computer. It is recommended to make sure that all installed device drivers are updated, especially the display driver. You can update the driver in Windows 10 by following these steps:

  • Press the Windows + X key combination and select Device Manager,
  • This will open the Device Manager and display a list of all installed device drivers.
  • Display driver output, right-click on the installed graphics driver, and select Update,
  • Follow the instructions on the screen and restart Windows to apply the changes.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

Solution 1: Software problems. Programs are the most common cause of shutdown problems. If your computer takes a long time in or out of the "Programs to Shut Down" window, it means you probably have a software problem. This is because the program has to save data before it can shut down.

Windows may take longer than usual to shut down if services, background processes, drivers, or applications prevent it from shutting down normally. Diagnose and fix the shutdown problem by looking at running processes in Task Manager, booting your laptop cleanly, or starting Windows in Safe Mode.

  1. Press Windows + R.
  2. Type powercfg.cpl and press Enter.
  3. On the left pane, click on "Select Power Button Function."
  4. Click "Change settings that are not currently available".
  5. Uncheck the "Enable Quick Start" box.
  6. Click "Save changes."

I suggest shutting down your computer by following these steps and checking again.

  1. Press and hold the power button until the screen turns off.
  2. Remove the battery from the laptop.
  3. Press and hold the power button for 15-20 seconds after removing the battery.
  4. Replace the battery and check again.

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