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  • Brian Steele
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    Yup, it's a bug in Windows 7. MS will likely roll out a fix.

    FWIW, I don't shut down my Windows 10 desktop PC unless I really have to. I lock the screen and I let it go to sleep on its own. Power utilization is at a minimum, and it wakes up almost immediately when I press a key on the keyboard or move the mouse.

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  • williamrschneider
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    I saw a story this morning about the Win7 shutdown issue.

    https://www.pcmag.com/news/windows-7...m_medium=title

    These are the steps suggested in the story:


    1. Create another admin account, log into it
    2. Log into the default admin account again
    3. Shut down or restart as usual

    Quick Heal, an IT support company, announced another option for users running into this bug. Take these steps if you're not satisfied with the temporary workaround:

    1. Press 'Windows' and 'R' keys together to open a run window
    2. Type 'gpedit.msc' and click 'OK'
    2. Go to 'Computer Configuration' > 'Windows Settings' > 'Security Settings' > 'Local Policies' > 'Security Options'
    4. In the right-side panel, double-click 'User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode' and select 'Enable'
    5. Reopen the run window and type 'gpupdate /force'
    6. Shut down or restart as usual

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  • Geoff Millar
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    Thank you all for your suggestions, much appreciated

    I let the Check Disk thing run again and it didn't find anything wrong; it's a four month old SSD which I installed after the old conventional C-drive failed.

    So I re-started the machine and I got the Check Disk message again - I'll check out your advisories and let you know what gives as I expect others may be having this issue

    Cheers

    Geoff

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  • bac2010
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    I know failures are uncommon but we got bit twice. Once on a regular (spinning) hard drive which we paid to have fixed and they other was a fairly new SSD which was replaced under warranty. I upgraded the replaced SSD to a bigger better one and it has been solid.

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  • skatz
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    Geoff

    I found a site, neosmart.net where there are instructions for doing a lot of things with chkdsk, and in the windows 10 section, instructions for ending it if it runs all the time. Not sure what operating system you have, but you may find answers there. Good luck.

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  • billfitzmaurice
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    I had a chronic check disc problem years back, too long ago to remember what OS I was using or how I fixed it. I do know that it wasn't a failing disk, as I've never had one fail.

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  • bac2010
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    If this (check disk) just started happening then there is also a possibility your hard drive is failing. There are some decent free software programs for verification if you suspect this is the case.

    https://smallbusiness.chron.com/comp...tup-57204.html

    Cloning to a new hard drive is not that bad using a decent backup software package. I did it for my wife's laptop to go from 250 GB SSD to 1TB SSD.

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  • Geoff Millar
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    Originally posted by skatz View Post

    Geoff there is a control in Windows that selects run checkdisk on startup, not sure I remember where I've seen it, maybe on the screen that comes up if windows shuts down improperly and it asks if you wants to restart in normal or safe mode.
    Thanks, I'll check it out: still happening this morning......and last night.....giving me the toms.

    Geoff

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  • skatz
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    It does smell doesn't it?

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  • fpitas
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    Originally posted by billfitzmaurice View Post
    When all this stuff starts happening on what by all accounts is pretty large scale right after W7 support ends I don't need a chemistry professor to confirm that I detect the scent of rat.
    Yeah, exactly. I wonder if there's some behind the scenes hack going on.

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  • hitsware2
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    Get Linux !

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  • billfitzmaurice
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    When all this stuff starts happening on what by all accounts is pretty large scale right after W7 support ends I don't need a chemistry professor to confirm that I detect the scent of rat.

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  • skatz
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    Originally posted by billfitzmaurice View Post
    There's no such thing as coincidence...
    Bill, according to my organic chemistry professor back in the 70s, this would come under the 4th law of thermodynamics: "The perversity of inanimate objects will always get you in the end."

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  • skatz
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    Originally posted by Geoff Millar View Post
    I've had another problem: every time I turn on the computer since W7 support ceased, on I get a 'check disk' message and the damned thing then checks the whole C-drive. Even on a SSD this takes ages.

    I haven't found a fix for this, except for immediately pressing a key as soon as the message appears.

    Geoff
    Geoff there is a control in Windows that selects run checkdisk on startup, not sure I remember where I've seen it, maybe on the screen that comes up if windows shuts down improperly and it asks if you wants to restart in normal or safe mode.

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  • davidB
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    Whenever nonsense like that shows up on your computer, hold the power key continuously till a hard shutdown.
    Then try a normal startup in a minute or so. If it's a laptop just pop out the battery.

    You won't do any harm, when the power goes out it's fine, right?
    What you're doing is getting rid of whatever showed up since your last startup.

    If this doesn't do it, shut down hard and start without extensions(whatever your system calls that)
    and look through your extensions first, then other files, by date, and ditch whatever you aren't sure of since your last startup.
    Then start it up again.

    Just do't do a normal restart, when it shuts itself down it saves all the new stuff

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