How to Abort Shutdown Process in Windows 7?

Vivek Nayyar March 16, 2011 1

There are times when you accidentally click on Shutdown button and after doing so you realize that there was some work which was yet to be completed. And now you need to restart your computer in order to finish the task. These situations might sometimes be quite frustrating and time-consuming. With the below process, however, you will create a simple desktop button (icon) which will abort the shutdown process in case you have initiated it accidentally. To create Abort Shutdown button you need to follow the steps given below:

  1. Right-click anywhere on the desktop and from the context menu go to New.
  2. From the appeared sub-menu click on Shortcut.
  3. On the Create Shortcut page type C:\Windows\system32\shutdown.exe -a and click on Next button.
  4. Abort Shutdown

  5. On the opened page type Abort Shutdown and click on Finish button.

You can try this button by first initializing the process of shutdown and immediately after that double-clicking on the above created Abort Shortcut button.

Also, the process of shutting down the system can be delayed by typing C:\Windows\system 32\shutdown.exe -s -t 05. Where ‘s’ represents shutdown and 05 specifies the delay time in seconds. This means that when this command will be executed shutdown process will be delayed by five seconds. Alternatively, you can type C:\Windows\system32\shutdown.exe -r -t 05 to delay the restart process of your computer by five seconds. Where ‘r’ represents restart.

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  1. Windows 7 Expert June 21, 2012 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Well after i accidentally press the shut down button, i hit the Escape button repeatedly, and somehow it overrides the shutdown process, and prevents it from executing

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