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How To Check Shut Down Times On Windows

Recently I've been moving a bunch of files at night. The program I use to move said files (FastCopy) doesn't log when said moves are completed, but it does allow you to shut down the computer when the process is done. So, I decided to check up on shut down times to see how long each move took. Simple enough, right?

Apparently, there is no file lying around that you can just open to fetch such info on Windows, but with a little Google I did find a method I'll probably be using from now on. If you ever need to do such a thing, you can do such a thing like this:

1. Press 'Windows + R' to open the Run dialog, and type in 'eventvwr.msc'. This opens Event Logs.

2. Double click on 'Windows Logs', select 'System', and right click to 'Filter Current Log'.

3. In the 'Event sources' check 'USER32', and right below this dropdown ('Event IDs') enter '1074'.

And that's it! Happy logging. Source here.


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  1. S3C
    Friday Oct/7/2016

    good knowing...i never shutdown my computer though. And when I do- it takes 0 seconds (just unplug the power source)

  2. Cyber
    Friday Oct/7/2016

    Even on a laptop?

  3. S3C
    Friday Oct/7/2016

    yeah. take out the battery. wouldn't recommend it though. Unless you need to shut down your computer instantly for whatever reason...

  4. Cyber
    Friday Oct/7/2016

    So you never shut down your laptop?! I thought those things overheated pretty fast.

  5. S3C
    Friday Oct/7/2016

    nope...well they do have fans. and they don't rise in temperature once they're in sleep mode? It's still cooling off as long as there is no I presume that's not going to wear down the hardware...but maybe I should shutdown occasionally...

  6. Cyber
    Friday Oct/7/2016

    Mmm I guess they'd be made better now than they used to be. Have heard stories of laptops overheating, and melting, and burning your thighs, so thus: stereotypes! Feels like a device that's not meant to be left turned on for extended periods of time either, unlike stationary computers, but who knows. On the flipside, they do say frequent restarts shortens the life-span of a computer, and I have had to swap out power supplies a couple times... maybe your way's the right way!

  7. S3C
    Friday Oct/4/2019

    2019 Update: I shut down my laptop several times a day. I had a problem where my computer would often BSOD upon closing the lid or restarting, and be stuck in a BIOS screen upon reboot. Shutting it down partially remedied this problem *knock on wood*. It's almost as if I'm getting retribution from the computing gods...

  8. Cyber
    Friday Oct/4/2019

    Oh man. XD

    Maybe in time you'll have repented from earlier shutdown omits, and the Computer Gods will allow you to once again maneuver the lid as is meant to without such irritating retribution... on the bright side though: no risk of overheating now. With the level of hardware you're packing it may be the right thing to do.

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