Windows 7 bug ALERT! Windows is preventing users from shutting down or rebooting computers

A lot of users are still using Windows 7 on their laptops and their standalone computers. Why? Well, they just didn’t have any reasons to update to Windows 10. Well, weird things started to come out since Microsoft has canceled all the support and updates for Windows 7. A weird bug of unknown origins has been on Windows 7 computers this week, according to a lot of reports online. 

Windows 7 bug shutting down

Windows 7 users have been reporting that they are receiving a popup message that reads “You don’t have permission to shut down this computer” every time they attempt to shut down or reboot their systems. 

For the past two days, users have been receiving that message and no solution to the problem. Good news is that some people found at least three temporary workarounds and one unofficial fix to resolve the issue. 



Step 1: Log off from the current account by pressing Windows+L.
Step 2: Use the red button at the bottom-right corner of the screen to shut down or restart the computer.


Step 1: Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE several times to enter the Task Manager page.
Step 2: Use the red button at the bottom-right corner of the screen to shut down or restart the computer. 


Step 1: Create another admin account.
Step 2: Log into that account (or another admin account that was already on the system).
Step 3: Log back into the default admin account.
Step 4: Shut down or reboot normally. 


A more permanent way to go around this bug has been put forward by several users on Reddit and by IT support firm Quick Heal

The fix has been confirmed to work by numerous users and goes like this: 

Step 1: Press Windows+R to open the Run window.
Step 2: Type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
Step 3: In the Group Policy Editor window go to: Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options.
Step 4: In the right panel of the Security Options option, search and double-click on “User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode.”
Step 5: In the new window, select Enable.
Step 6: Reopen the Run window, but this time type “gpupdate /force” and press Enter. This will update all group policies.
Step 7: Restart or shut down your system normally. 

Windows 7 reached the official end of life (EOL) on Jan. 14, 2020 and is not scheduled to receive new fixes. 


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