Windows 10: When is it safe to perform a hard shutdown?

Discus and support When is it safe to perform a hard shutdown? in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; Hello, I'm trying to get into Recovery Environment but startup alternates between "Fixing C:" which never completes : just switches off at the 9%... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by Phil_Latam, May 20, 2020.

  1. When is it safe to perform a hard shutdown?


    I'm trying to get into Recovery Environment but startup alternates between "Fixing C:" which never completes : just switches off at the 9% mark and "Attempting repairs" which also shuts down after about 1 hour.

    To get to WinRE they say to hold the Off button for 5 secs while the circle of dots is spinning at startup and repeat that three times - i.e. on thefourth startup you will enter RE.

    This didn't work for me.

    When I push the On button I immediately see a message: "Preparing Automatic Repair" and then a few seconds later the spinning dots appear above that message. Is that a good time to do Hard Shutdown?

    Other times, the first thing I see is "Analyzing your PC" which sometimes leads to "Fixing C:" and sometimes to "Attempting Repairs". Is it also safe to do hard shutdown during the "Analyzing your PC" message?

    Other weirdness if anyone's interested:

    Also.. when I get the "You have 8 seconds to avoid disk check" message, it goes into disk check whether I try to skip it by hitting any key or not.

    At one point earlier today I got the blue, Troubleshooting screen when I chose the Skip disk check within 8 seconds - but didn't take advantage of it because I didn't know at that time that I needed to Reinstall Windows.

    And then later in the day, after about 8 cycles between "Fixing C:" and "Attempting Repairs", the laptop actually booted up to the welcome screen password and then started to load the home screen very slowly but started flickering for about 15 secs before spontaneously shutting down.

    Phil_Latam, May 20, 2020
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    If that setting is already enabled, then I suggest as the next troubleshooting step might be Mozilla Safe Mode (not to be confused with Windows Safe Mode)):

    Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode | Firefox Help

    • Please report back and let us know the outcome, as it will dictate the next steps.
    • Also: please tell us what AV/AM/firewall programs are you running on this system?

    MoxieMomma, May 20, 2020
  4. When is it safe to perform a hard shutdown?

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    Thank you for posting your query on Microsoft Community.

    I understand the inconvenience caused to you. I will be glad to assist you with your issue.

    Follow the below steps and check if it helps. 

    If you see the black screen or have a flickering screen:

    Step 1: Try connecting to different video outputs on the PC. Sometimes a change in driver can cause the video to be sent:

      • To a different Adapter: from integrated graphics to a discrete card or vice versa.
      • To a different output: from HDMI to DVI, Display Port to VGA, or any other combination.
    Step 2: Try to boot into Safe Mode with Networking
    or Enable low-resolution video.

      • Advanced boot options, Safe Mode with Networking, or Low Resolution Video
      • Check Device Manager and look for Display Adapters
        • If you see 2 items under Display Adapters, disable to integrated video card (e.g. Intel HD 4000 or AMD Radeon HD 4200) and restart. (try vice versa if it does not work).
        • If you see 1 item under Display Adapters, rollback the driver or uninstall the display adapter in Device Manager, and enable the option to delete driver software.
    How to boot into Safe mode.

    Run your computer in Safe mode and see if you still get that error message. If you are not getting that error message in safe mode then perform clean boot on your computer using the steps provided below. If you
    don't get that error message in safe mode then it means that some third party application is causing the problem.

    To use a Safe Boot option, follow these steps:

    • Restart your computer and start pressing the F8 key on your keyboard. On a computer that is configured for booting to multiple operating systems, you can press the
      F8 key when the Boot Menu appears.
    • Select an option Safe mode with Networking using the arrow keys on the keyboard when the
      Windows Advanced Options menu appears, select Safe mode with Networking and then press

    I would suggest you to force shutdown your system and then try to restart it again and check if you are able to login to safe boot.

    Check the PC or display adapter manufacturer’s site for an updated driver.

    Let us know the status of the issue. We will be glad to assist you.

    Thank You.  
    Sangeeta Sarkar, May 20, 2020

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