Windows – are there so many unexpected shutdowns in the event log

event-logshutdownwindows 8.1

I was looking through my shutdown history in the event log today when I noticed that there was an "Unexpected Shutdown" (event ID 6008) logged way more often than I can ever recall there being unexpected shutdowns.

Event log screenshot.

I do know that every so often I have to hold the power button down to shut off the computer because it gets stuck in the "Shutting down" screen, but that only happens once in a blue moon. Maybe once a month at the very most. If I were to believe these logs, it'd happen once a week and sometimes almost every other day.

And to add to the confusion, despite the fact that these events have been logged about once a week or more since I bought the computer a year ago, they haven't been logged again since almost 2 months ago. From what I can see, this is the only time there's been a gap that large between the events. I always use the shut down option in the UI whenever I can. Running "sfc /scannow" today in the admin command line has found no integrity violations (though it has found some every so often in the past).

Why is this happening? Is there anything to worry about here or is it just a bug? Is there anything else I can do to be sure that there's nothing up with my PC?

Best Answer

I do know that every so often I have to hold the power button down to shut off the computer because it gets stuck in the "Shutting down" screen

Because Windows uses a new boot way called fast startup mode, which is doing a logoff of the user and now hibernates the kernel. During boot it resume the kernel and brings you so faster to the logon screen.

But hibernation can sometimes cause issues (drivers or BIOS problems) and it looks like it doesn't work for you correctly.

Turn it off in the control panel.

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and now Windows uses the old way to fully shutdown and this should fix your issue.