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Monday, January 1, 2018

Expected, Unexpected, Planned and Unplanned Shutdown and Restart _What Do They All Mean | Windows

There are different ways of turning off or restarting a computer that is running Windows operating systems. Among these ways are through the use of either the Start menu, the Alt+F4 menu or through the Ctrl+Alt+Delete menu. When you use any of these menu I just outlined to shutdown or restart a computer, it is considered as both an expected and planned shutdown or restart. It is expected because Windows knows that the computer is going off, and it is planned because you the user is the one who executed the shutdown or restart process.

On the other hand, if you shutdown the computer by pressing the Power button or by Willfully disconnecting the power cable, it is now both a Planned and an Unexpected shutdown. It is Planned because you were the one that press the Power button, it is Unexpected because Windows does not expect the shutdown and thus will not go through the normal process of shutting down the computer. In fact, it is commonly said that your are Forcing the computer to shutdown by using this method.

What about when a shutdown or restart is Expected but not Planned, what situation best explain it.
Have you been in a situation whereby your computer suddenly start shutting down because it just finished updating itself in the background without you knowing or consenting that it shutdown the computer? If yes, that is a good situation to describe when a shutdown or restart is Expected but not Planned. It is Expected because Windows knows that the computer is shutting down or restarting, but it is Unplanned because you were not the one that instructed Windows to shutdown or restart the computer.

Unexpected and Unplanned shutdown or restart. A good example of this situation is when your computer's power cable is accidentally disconnected, or when your laptop goes off suddenly because the batter is no longer calibrating properly.
In this case, the shutdown or restart is Unexpected by Windows because it was not the one that initiate the shutdown, and it was Unplanned because you did not plan for it also.

So in all, Expected and Unexpected is use to specify whether or not Windows is responsible for the shutdown or restart, while Planned and Unplanned is used to specify whether or not the computer user is the one responsible for the shutdown or restart of the computer.

But you might wonder, why should you be interested in these terminology?
Well, if you want to start working with the Windows Shutdown Event Tracker utility, then you need to be interested in these terminology because it uses them when creating the shutdown and restart log.



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1 comment:

  1. these are some great time saving tips for those who are sick of their OS restarting! thanks a lot!

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