Windows 7 Bug Prevents Users From Shutting Down Or Rebooting Computers

An anonymous reader writes:

A weird bug of unknown origins has been hitting Windows 7 computers this week, according to multiple reports online. 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…

Windows 7 reached official end of life (EOL) on January 14, 2020 and is not scheduled to receive new fixes. Last month, Microsoft made an exception to this rule when it provided a fix for a bug that broke wallpaper display for Windows 7 users. Seeing that rebooting or shutting down your computer is a more important OS feature than wallpaper support, Microsoft will most likely need to make a another exception and deliver a second post-EOL update pretty soon.


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 official end of life (EOL) on January 14, 2020 and is not scheduled to receive new fixes.

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