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This article describes how to shut down the Windows operating system in an emergency situation.
In some situations you may have to shut down the Windows operating system very quickly.
The process described in this article is not the recommended way to shut down your computer, but it can be performed in extreme circumstances when you either cannot normally shut down your computer, or you need to bring it offline without saving any current information. This process, however, is less harmful than turning off the power to your computer by performing a hard restart (reboot).
CAUTION: If you perform the following steps, your operating system can shut down quickly without prompting you to save any currently open documents. Any unsaved information is going to be lost.