While trying to shutting down the Windows 8 I noticed one thing that Windows 8 restarted instead of shutting down and I had to shut down again after booting Windows 8 again.

I have been using Windows 8 Developer Preview since the day it was released and I had got many problems while running Windows 8. One of these problems is the restarting of Windows 8 instead of shutting down.

I clicked the shutdown button and went away like always and was hoping that Windows would shut down regularly but, when I came back after an hour I was shocked to see my PC still running. I had to shut down Windows again and that time the PC was shut down normally.

Firstly, I thought, that was my error as I had accidently clicked the restart button but, after few days again I got the same problem and that time Windows just logged off instead of shutting down and this time I was confirmed that it was software error as there is no log-off button in the power options of Windows 8.

I am using Windows 8 Developer Preview in two PC’s and got the problem in both of them. I am using two different copies of Windows 8 which were downloaded from two different sources, one was from Microsoft’s site and the other one was downloaded from a torrent site.

I thought if I share the problem with others, they would be able to recognize that this is not a human error but it’s an error of the core files of Windows 8.

Let’s hope Microsoft will look into the problem and fix it in the upcoming Windows 8 Beta which is expected to come in January, 2012.

If any one of you had the same problem let me know as it would be helpful in determining how many users got the problem.

Update: November 23. 2011

  • I am using Windows 8 Developer Preview x86 (32Bit) and the problem seems to be in most of the 32 Bit PC’s.
  • The problem went away automatically after one time shutdown denial in both cases.
  • I had terminated all the apps and other processes before shutting down Win 8 in both cases.

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  • Snuffy

    why do you not stick with the M$ download… then you know its more likely GOOD. also u never stated what all you did after… i suggest you have corrupted files SFC /scannow to fix that.  I have only ME DL’s on 3 different machines and SHUTDOWN is SHUTDOWN unless I have some other program running then it tells me I have not closed all programs properly.

    • Ahmad

      Although there is no difference between the two downloads but yes Microsoft one is better as it was quick!…The restart problem was before, I started tweaking the core files but, since I have started tweaking the files, the problems seems to have ended……

  • Twhall

    Having the same problem with Win 8 Developer Preview.  I feel that applications and/or processes cannot be close properly and system appears to not restart/shutdown. 

  • Snuffy

    Again I have never had a SHUTDOWN problem. but then I wrote my own (very old)
    shutdown bat file  ….  shutdown /s /t 000 if need by you could add the force switch.

    Some times I wonder about torrents.. you never know who or what changed. or was added.
    when possible I always stick with M$ DL’s.

  • Glenn P. Bowlsby

    I have this problem too running windows 8 64bit on my laptop. However the 64 bit running on my tablet doesn’t have this problem.

  • Kamei

    i tried shutting down but instead it restarts every single time, there is no way of rectifying it till date.

    • Snuffy

      which method did you use to “shutdown” more than 1 way. so hard to help you fix…