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How To Stop Windows From Shutting Down

Reader John writes in with a tip to prevent Windows from continuing a shutdown operation—very useful for those times you want to shutdown but you accidentally chose restart.

John’s tip is nothing new to the more tech-savvy readers—you can simply use a switch to the built-in shutdown.exe utility to actually tell the system to abort the shutdown. You’ll have to create a new shortcut pointing to the utility, which is normally located in your Windows folder so you’ll need to modify the path accordingly.

C:WINDOWSsystem32shutdown.exe -a

The -a switch tells Windows to abort the shutdown, so you’ll need to hit the shortcut quickly if you want to stop the shutdown in time. It’s a very simple tip, but it’s the type of trick that could come in handy under certain circumstances.Thanks, John!

If you want to prevent Windows from restarting because of automatic updates, check out previously mentioned ShutdownGuard.