With the Windows 10 Fall Creators update back in 2017, Windows handles open apps when shutting down. During a normal shutdown, Windows tries to "bookmark" open applications and then reopen them when you start your PC again.
How to Stop Windows from Reopening Last Opened Apps on Startup
Before the Fall Creators Update, shutting down your PC, had it worked: Windows closed all open apps, and after the system back up, you'd have to re-open them. Windows.
While this is sound like a seamless approach to the whole user experience, it can be a source-intensive one apps open, like Photoshop or 3D rendering software, which is ready to start again before you start opening other apps. Windows in a slightly different way.
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Hold Down the Shift Key When Shutting Down
You can perform the old-style shut down by pressing and holding the Shift key on your keyboard when you click the "Shut Down" command. Ctrl + Alt + Delete.
On the Start menu, the power options on the sign-in screen. Then, hold down Shift while clicking the "Shut Down" command.
All applications will force-close, and Windows will shut down immediately.
Use the Classic Shut Down Dialogue
The Shut Down Windows dialog has been around since the early days of Windows. To use it, you'll need to be at your desktop. You can get there quickly by hitting Windows + D or by clicking the "Show Desktop" button on the right side of your task bar.
Next, Press Alt + F4 to open the dialog window. From the drop-down menu, select "Shut Down" and then click "OK."
Windows wants to shut down your computer
Use Shutdown.exe via Command Prompt
There's a command prompt that performs a full shutdown. You can type the command into the Command Prompt or PowerShell, but it's even better to use the command to create a shortcut. Then, you can double-click the shortcut anytime to shut down windows. Here's the command you'll use:
shutdown / s / f / t 0
In this command, the / s switch issues a shutdown, the / f switch without warning, and the / t switch sets a time-out period.
Here's how the command looks at the command prompt:
That's it. These are the best ways to prevent Windows from reopening all those last applications that were open when you chose to shut down.
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