How to shut down Windows 10: Windows 10 is the most recent and innovative operating system from Microsoft and in fact includes a whole series of interesting different functions compared to what was offered on the previous OS. Precisely for this reason, it could leave those who find themselves dealing with it for the first time a little displaced. I’m not talking about the execution of particularly advanced operations intended for more experienced users but of simple things, such as turning off Windows 10 .
How do you say? This is exactly what you are interested in and would you like to understand if I can help you clear your ideas on what to do? Of course yes, don’t worry! Position yourself comfortably in front of your computer, start focusing on the instructions in this guide and you will see that in a flash you will be able to understand how to turn off Windows 10.
So if you are actually interested in the matter, I suggest that you take a few minutes of free time all for yourself and start reading this simple tutorial. I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell you more than satisfied with what you have learned and that you will slap your forehead by asking yourself but how did I not think about it before? .
Turn off Windows 10 via the Start menu
The steps you need to take to shut down Windows 10 are very simple and, believe me, it doesn’t take more than a minute to be done. It basically takes much longer to explain it than to do it.
In order to shut down Windows 10 you can just click on the button Start (the one with the Windows flag ) placed on the taskbar, click the button Stop (the one with the symbol of power on / off ) placed on the left side of the menu that went to open and select the item Shut down from the menu that is shown to you. Done!
Alternatively, you can turn off Windows 10 by right clicking on the Start button on the taskbar, moving the cursor to the Close or disconnect option attached to the menu that is shown to you and then choosing the Shut down item in the new menu that went to open on the screen.
In both cases, you will then be shown the system shutdown screen and in a few moments the computer will be shut down. In case of second thoughts you will not be able to cancel the operation, keep this in mind.
Turn off Windows 10 via Run command
In addition to as I indicated in the previous lines, you can also turn off Windows 10 by using the Run command . You ask me how? I’ll explain it right away.
To begin with, click the Start button located on the taskbar, type run in the search field that is shown in the menu and then click on the first result in the list. Alternatively, press the combination of Win + R keys on the computer keyboard.
In the Run window which at this point will be shown to you on the desktop, type the shutdown command -s -t 0 and then press the OK button displayed on the screen or the Enter button on the keyboard. Once this is done, the PC will be shut down regularly just as if you had clicked on the appropriate item on the Start menu ! Comfortable, don’t you think?
Instead, typing the shutdown -p command and then clicking the OK button or pressing the Enter key on the computer keyboard you can shut down Windows 10 without displaying any warning or message on the screen.
Still using Run, you can make sure that your computer with Windows 10 installed is turned off once a certain period of time has passed. In short, as if I had set a timer. To do this, type shutdown-st xxx in the Run window taking care to replace xxx with the exact number in seconds after which you want the PC to turn off (e.g. if you want to shut down Windows 10 after an hour type shutdown -s -t 3600 ). After typing the command, always click the OK button attached to the Run window or press the Enter key on the computer keyboard.
Subsequently you will be shown a warning on the screen indicating that once the previously finished time has elapsed the computer will be turned off. In case of second thoughts, you can cancel the execution of this operation by typing the shutdown command –a always in the Run window and clicking on the OK button or on the Enter key physically present on the keyboard.
Does it bother you having to perform all the above operations but the idea of shutting down Windows 10 via the Run command will you like it? Then you can create a simple ad hoc shortcut accessible directly from the desktop. Are you interested? All right, I’ll explain how to do it right away. To begin with, right-click anywhere without desktop icons, then choose the New item from the menu that is shown to you and click the Shortcut option .
In the window that will open at this point, type shutdown -p (to shutdown the computer immediately) or shutdown -s -t xxx (to shutdown the computer after a certain period of seconds has elapsed which you will have to type in place of xxx ) and then click the Next button . Then type the name you want to assign to the connection (eg Turn off Windows 10 or Turn off PC ) in the field below the wording Enter the name of the connection: and, to conclude, click on the Finish button .
Once that is done, you will find the shortcut to shutdown Windows 10 directly on the desktop. To serve and to execute the relative shutdown command, all you have to do is click on it twice in a row as you usually do to start a program or open a file. Alternatively, you can follow my guide on how to turn off the PC from the keyboard and assign a keyboard shortcut to the connection just created in order to turn off the PC using a special hotkey.
If you wish, you can also customize the link icon and assign it one, so to speak, more representative. To do this, right click on the link you just created and choose the Properties item from the menu that will open. In the window that is now shown to you, click the Change icon button … select the new icon you want to use in place of the current one and then click OK . The changes will be approved instantly.
Turn off Windows 10 through Scheduler
You can also shut down Windows 10 through the System Scheduler . This way you can make the computer shut down at a specific day or time without you having to move a finger.
To do this, click on the Start button located on the taskbar, type bread making utility in the search field that is shown to you and then click on the first result in the list. In the window that at this point is shown to you on the desktop, click on the Create basic activity … item on the right in the Actions section , type the name you want to assign to the activity (eg Turn off Windows 10 or Turn off PC ) in the Name field : and then click on Next .
Now, indicate how often to carry out the operation in question by selecting one of the available options (eg. Every day or Every week ) and click again on Next , indicate the time and / or start date and time and / or end date of the activity and then click Next .
To conclude, select the Start program option , click for the umpteenth time on Next , click on the Browse … button , go to C: -> Windows-> System32 and select the file called shutdown then click Open . Add in the field that you find next to the item Add topics (optional): the command -s then click first on Next and then on Finish .
In case of second thoughts, you can always and however cancel the scheduled shutdown of Windows by clicking on the Scheduler Library item present in the left part of the Scheduler window, identifying the name of the task in the list in the center, clicking on it with the right mouse button, choosing the Delete item from the menu that is shown to you and clicking on Yes .
Restart, pause or hibernate Windows 10
Instead of shutting down Windows 10, are you interested in what to do to restart the PC or to suspend or hibernate it? No problem, I can explain this to you too.
Just click on the Start button on the taskbar, click on the Stop button located on the left side of the menu that went to open and select the item Restart the system from the menu that is shown to restart the system, the item Suspend for initiate the system suspend or the hibernation to hibernate Windows.
The difference between the go commands lies in the fact that in the case of a restart the computer will not actually be turned off but the system will simply be restarted while in the case of the suspension the energy is “disconnected” to all the pieces of the PC except for the RAM. Hibernation instead consists of a real shutdown but before this happens, the contents of the RAM memory are copied to the hard disk and permanently saved so that at restart the computer is able to load and return the same situation that he had before hibernation. For more details, I suggest you read my guide on how to hibernate your Windows 10 PC .