Windows® Vista Shut Down Issues
What are the problems that can come while shutting down Windows Vista-based system and tips to avoid such problems?
All operating systems have a safe way to shut down the system that enables you to log out from your computer and save the changes effectively. In Windows Vista there are several shut down options that include Standby, Hibernation and Shut Down, and each option serves a different function. While shutting down a computer is a simple activity, still there can be some problems that arise with shutting down a Windows Vista-based computer when certain functions or actions have been performed. These problems can range from random computer shut down to system reboot and refusal. While there are solutions to shut down problems, there are some potential techniques that can be also be used:
- Ensuring Windows Vista software compatibility
- Troubleshooting the shut down problem
- Preventing future shut down problems
Ensuring Windows Vista software compatibility
With Windows Vista, Microsoft made some significant software changes that affected software function ability and compatibility with previous software versions. While recent OS updates have enabled certain versions of software to work in Windows Vista, software can still malfunction or not work. One of the most common causes of shut down failures is using software that is not compatible or coded for Windows Vista. This makes the software create conflicts and cause the system to even shut down abruptly. It is important to ensure that the software installed on your PC is compatible with Windows Vista.
Troubleshooting the shut down problem
Troubleshooting involves several steps to solve computer-related problems; these steps include identifying the problem, testing possible theories, etc. Identify what actions or activities are performed before the problem occurs, this can be done by looking at the Windows Event Viewer. Once the problem is identified, it is advisable to test solutions such as uninstalling software or configuring the system’s settings correctly.
Most forums and Windows Vista users have identified that legacy software is usually the cause of shut down problems. The best way to prevent future problems is to create restore points before making any significant changes, although Windows Vista does this automatically from time to time, but still it is recommended to ensure that the restore points have been created.