How to shutdown laptop during Windows 11 or Windows 10 initial setup (Set Up Windows)
Question: I reset a laptop (Lenovo X1 Carbon G6) using Windows 10 and I want to ship it to a new owner in a pristine condition where it will let them set up Windows 10 to their liking. However, after I booted it to test that it booted okay, I am now at the initial Windows let’s start with region setup screen and I cannot shut down 🙁
Can you tell me how to turn off my PC during the installation process without a having to hard power off with the power button? (because I am worried about corruption or error messages)
- At that initial setup screen, press the
Shift key + the F10 key
(note, on some laptops you may have to press the Fn key at the same time so that F10 will register as a function key).
- At the Command Prompt, type
shutdown /s /t 15and press the Enter key
- Your computer will notify you that a shutdown will occur in less than a minute (15 seconds)
- Voila, your PC is now shutdown safely and securely! 🙂
Note: These instructions were adapted from my previous Windows 7 instructions that were posted way back in 2011. Thankfully, the tip works just as well on Windows 10 in 2019!