[SOLVED] Shut down Windows 7 at “Set Up Windows” screen, without error?
Q. Hi, I am selling a new laptop after upgrading the RAM. It has a factory fresh install of Windows 7 on it. I booted it up once to make sure the RAM was recognized and now I am stuck at the creating a user name and computer name screen on the Windows 7 setup 🙁 If I power off the system the purchaser will get an error message the first time the notebook boots up saying Windows did not shutdown properly… this would leave a bad impressions! I tried ctrl-alt-del, quickly pressing the power button for graceful shutdown and a bunch of other stuff but nothing will get it shutdown gracefully. Of course the user can Start Windows Normally to continue the setup, or I could create a generic user for them, but I would rather not since I want it to be factory fresh for them!!! Is there a way to shut the laptop down so that they can do the setup without getting that dang error on startup? How can I do this?!
UPDATED Answer: commenter Jordan pointed out a simpler method,
At the user name screen hit [Shift + F10]. A command prompt should appear. At this command prompt type [shutdown /s] without the brackets and wait about 10-20 seconds. Should shutdown without errors and be ready to boot back to the user setup screen without error for your customer.
That’s it! Now when the buyer starts up the laptop it will go straight into the Windows 7 installation finalization where they can enter their user name and computer name, they will not get the pesky error about Windows being shutdown improperly and failing to boot.