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How to Shut down Windows 10? 6 different effective method to turn off Windows 10 machine.

by John Bhatt
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Lets talk something about Windows 10. Windows 10 is all set to release on 29th July 2015. Currently Microsoft is rolling out Insider Preview to the Windows testers around world in different language. We tried to explain “how to shut down Windows 10” PC with different methods.

Now we can see almost finished Windows 10 Preview. As Microsoft has removed Start Button in Windows 8 and later introduced in Windows 8.1, the same button is still available but the menu has been changed.

The Windows 8 Start screen (also called metro menu) has been revamped in designing part and been a special one making some frequent feature few clicks/taps away. Lets learn how to shut down Windows 10.

How to shut down Windows 10?

This is the screenshot of menu in Windows 10 Preview Build 10130.

Windows 10 Start Menu - How to Shut down Windows 10

Now as you can see, there is no Turn off Computer or Shut Down button. This looks like some Web Page with live tiles except task bar in bottom.

We have three most popular ways to shut down computer. Lets get them point by point.

Method 1: From Windows 10 Menu

  1. Click on Menu button or Press Windows key in your keyboard to Open Windows 10 menu as in above screen.
  2. Click on the Navicon (three horizontal lines for menu) in top left corner. Windows10Navicon - How to Shut down Windows 10
  3. You will now see the new Panel sliding from left side and see a Power button in second last option.Windows10MenuExpanded
  4. Click on Power and choose Shut Down.How to Shut down Windows 10 - Shut Down from Menu

Method 2: Windows 10 Start Button and Right Click

Previous Windows Operating System version like Windows XP and Windows 7 used to show Properties while right-clicked in Start button with mouse, but Windows 8 changed the course, specially Windows Blue or Windows 8.1 had included new list of shortcuts in Right Click (context menu) in Start button.

  1. This is second shortest method to shut down. You can simply shut down your Windows 10 PC with two clicks.How to Shut down Windows 10 - Context Menu
  2. Just Right Click on Start Button in left bottom corner (residing by default) and you will see Shut Down or Sign Out option, When you hover over the option, you will see option to shut down your PC.

Method 3: Alt + F4

Who don’t know this? This is the quickest and easiest method to shut down your PC safely. Just make a Key combination of Alt and F4, you will get a pop up. select and click OK or press Enter (return key).

  1. Just press Alt + F4 key in Keyboard. Press Alt and then F4 while keeping Alt pressed. Windows10OSK - How to Shut down Windows 10?
  2. Now you will see the Pop-up. Just choose your option and click OK.How to Shut down Windows 10 Alt+F4

This article is about How to Shut Down Windows 10 PC.

In this article Method 1 is applicable only on Windows 10 Operating System.

Method 2 can be used with Windows 8.1 or higher.

And Method 3 is applicable for all Windows OS versions available till date.

In future we might be able to see Cortana doing these stuffs for you but currently, Cortana is only able to Open Apps and Settings, Make a Search, Create Calendar Entries, Create Tasks, Send Messages and some basic stuffs.

[Update: 20/10/2017 – After Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Voice Commands are added in Cortana.

Method 4: Cortana Voice Command

Starting Windows 10 Build 16299 which was earlier released for Insiders and now available free as Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, supports voice commands for Shutting down, Restarting, Sign out.

Method 5: Via Hardware Button on your PC (BRUTAL)

You can configure your Hardware Buttons available in Power & Sleep Options > Additional Power Settings or by following below path.

Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\System Settings
How to Shut down Windows 10? Advance Power System Settings.

If you have desktop PC and above settings don’t work in any case, you can press the Start Button of your PC/Laptop for at least 5 second.

Method 6: Using Command Prompt (BRUTAL)

Well, all the above functions are handled by individual programs. There is a application named shutdown.exe which handles these tasks received from different methods.

We can directly type this command and set option and interval. Below is code for shutting down Windows 10 from command prompt. You can type the same code in RUN box itself.

shutdown /s

This is the complete documentation of shutdown command in Microsoft Docs portal.

Method 5 & 6 are the most hard and brutal method and all the files you are working, opened programs will be lost. Also, you may have chance to corrupt your hard-disk, which may lead to loose all your emails.

Hope you enjoyed reading, see you soon.

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Vimes June 29, 2015 - 4:42 AM

Number 4: In power options under advanced, on power button press (literally just a quick tap) change to shut down
Number 5: “The YOLO Method” Long press the power button (The quickest way to fully power off your PC and to destroy your hardrive) No setting changes required, you’ve been warned.

Vimes June 28, 2015 - 11:12 PM

Number 4: In power options under advanced, on power button press (literally just a quick tap) change to shut down
Number 5: “The YOLO Method” Long press the power button (The quickest way to fully power off your PC and to destroy your hardrive) No setting changes required, you’ve been warned.

Rick Beare December 30, 2015 - 8:18 PM

I am having problems shutting down a windows 10 virtual machine running on VMware? any ideas? The options are to log off or disconnect the RDP session.

John Bhatt December 31, 2015 - 12:37 PM

Hi Rick,
Thanks for reading and sharing your problem.
Are you getting these options in Windows 10 Start menu. I use VirtualBox, rarely VMWare, but these options might be of VMWare player instead of Windows. Please clear my doubt.

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