Shutting down Win7 quickly

Posted on 2012-09-01
Last Modified: 2012-09-01
Running win7 pro on a HP 8200 Elite.
Sometimes I need to shut down the machine (in a controlled way) as quickly as possible. This may happen if there is a power outage and the machine runs on the UPS. In Win XP I could just click Start and shut down and select to not install any pending updates. In Win7 I don't get this option, and Windows starts to install the updates that are pending with a message "Installing update x of y. Dont shut down the computer". This could take several minutes - often longer than the power from the UPS lasts.

Question: How may I shut down Win7 quickly without installing any pending updates?
Question by:omberli
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    Assisted Solution


    Shutdown -f

    Then click


    Author Comment

    Will I need to do this every time I want to shut down the machine ?
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    Assisted Solution

    You could put it in a cmd file so you just double click and then shortcut on the desktop?
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    The shutdown options can be changed so that you can have the shutdown without updates option back.  Really it just changes the default shutdown to no longer trigger updates and adds an option “Install Updates And Shut Down”

    You can configure this by doing the following:

    Start -> Run -> gpedit.msc -> User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Update -> “Do not adjust default option to ‘Install Updates And Shut Down’ in Shut Down Windows dialog box”.
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    Expert Comment

    Edited to remove GPEdit method posted while assembling my message. :-)

    The only other ways I can think of would be to set Windows Updates to either Notify but don't download, or Download but let me decide when to install.
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    Assisted Solution

    There are a number of ways to speed up shutdown take a look at the article below as it offers a number of ways to speed up the process.

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    Expert Comment

    You could use Sleep (switches to low power but not off) or Hibernate (stores state and powers off) instead of doing a Shutdown.  Because you don't have to terminate active tasks it could be quicker than Shutdown in any case. Either also starts up much more quickly than a normal power on.

    Author Closing Comment

    Have implemented the gpedit method, but not verified it (no updates pending). Will also check out a desktop shortcut with the shutdown command. Thanks!

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