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6008 errors after clean shutdown on Windows 7

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I have a two windows 7 (1 professional and 1 ultimate) machines in my office. Every time I shut them down I'm getting 6008 (unexpected shutdown) errors in the event log. I'm not getting blue screens or any other errors on the systems, but it's frustrating because it sets off my monitor software and E-mails me.

I have already done RAM and HD diagnostics along with full virus scan and they all came back clean. As far as I can tell the systems are running perfectly, however these errors continue to pop-up every time I shut down.

When I shutdown nothing seems to hang and I never need to click force shutdown.
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by:John Hurst
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Shut one down while looking at it. Start, Shutdown and wait.  Do you a black screen with a Waiting to Close message?  And if so, can you see what it is complaining about. That may give a clue. I see such screens only occasionally.

Then try the following:  Close as much as you can (short of removing running services). So close Outlook and all Office programs, Adobe and such like. Close OneNote if it is running. Close anything else of an application nature. So do not close Anti Virus , Network connections, and those kind of things.

Now shut down again. Any difference?  

What you are looking for is the program or application doing this. Windows 7 does not do this on its own, at least not for me.

.... Thinkpads_User
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by:John Hurst
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By the way, what does the Reliability Monitor say?  Action Center, Maintenance, and click on Reliability History.  Are there errors in there?
.... Thinkpads_User
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by:Gfmotz
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There is nothing waiting to close when I shut down. That window pops up for a second but never displays anything. There are no additional errors in the reliability monitor.
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by:John Hurst
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So then try shutting things down first before shutdown (as I outlined in Post D: 37826022). See what happens if you shut down ever more things first. .... Thinkpads_User
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by:McKnife
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Hi.

Please let's first determine what we have here.
A) a clean shutdown that gets only diagnosed as an incorrect shutdown
B) some kind of problem while shutting down.

First, tell us what you see when you start your computer. Is there a selection to "start windows normally" and so on?
If no, report back, if yes, then please start your computer in safe mode and try to reproduce your problem there.
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You can normally spot these problems by closing applications and other processes first (before shutdown). Also disable Anti Virus to see if it is the problem. Gfmotz - can you let us know about this please.  

.... Thinkpads_User
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by:Gfmotz
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apologies for the late response, I have been out of the office.

@McKnife
Windows starts without any problems. I will try safe mode tonight as I can't have my computer down during the day.

@thinkpads_user
I will also try shutting down everything possible before hand to see if that resolves the issue.
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by:McKnife
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I was not talking about problems but about the symptom of being offered to start windows normally and other options. Not to be seen?
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by:Gfmotz
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It turns out if was the anti-virus. I shut it down before I shut down the systems and the errors stopped. I am going to write a shutdown script that shuts down the anti-virus services prior to the system.
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