shutdown.exe Process Information

Process Name: Shutdown Event Tracker
Author: Microsoft
System Process:
Yes
Uses network:
No
Hardware related:
No
Background Process:
Yes
Spyware:
No
Trojan:
No
Virus:
No
Security risk 0-5:
0

What is shutdown exe?

shutdown.exe is a process belonging to Microsoft Windows 2003 Server suites on onwards. It prompts your administrator for a reason for shutting down your server. This process should not be terminated, for more information about this service please go to http://support.Microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;293814

This process is also available but disabled on Windows XP and onwards systems

The “.exe” file extension stands for Windows executable file. Any program that is executable has the .exe file extension. Find out if shutdown.exe is a virus and sould be removed, how to fix shutdown.exe error, if shutdown exe is CPU intensive and slowing down your Windows PC. Any process has four stages of the lifecycle including start, ready, running, waiting, terminated or exit.

Should You Remove shutdown exe?

If you are asking yourself if it is safe to remove shutdown.exe from your Windows system then it is understandable that it is causing trouble. shutdown.exe is a system process. shutdown.exe should not be disabled, required for essential applications to work properly. System processes are processes that are run and managed by the operating system and are important to run the operating system. System processes manage different functionality of the operating system including memory management, hard disk management, network management, display, and so on. So, it is recommended that you do not remove shutdown.exe.

Fix shutdown.exe Error?

There are many reasons why you are seeing shutdown.exe error in your Windows system including:

Malicious software
Malicious software infects the system with malware, keyloggers, spyware, and other malicious actors. They slow down the whole system and also cause .exe errors. This occurs because they modify the registry which is very important in the proper functioning of processes.
Incomplete installation
Another common reason behind shutdown.exe error is an incomplete installation. It can happen because of errors during installation, lack of hard disk space, and crash during install. This also leads to a corrupted registry causing the error.

Application conflicts and Missing or corrupt windows drivers can also lead to shutdown.exe error.

The solution to fixing shutdown.exe error include any one of the following

  • Make sure your PC is protected with proper anti-virus software program.
  • Run a registry cleaner to repair and remove the Windows registry that is causing shutdown.exe error.
  • Make sure the system’s device drivers are updated properly.

It is also recommended that you run a performance scan to automatically optimize memory and CPU settings.

Is a shutdown.exe CPU intensive?

Windows process requires three resource types to function properly including CPU, Memory, and Network. CPU cycles to do computational tasks, memory to store information and network to communicate with the required services. If any of the resources are not available, it will either get interrupted or stopped.

Any given process has a process identification number(PID) associated with it. A user can easily identify and track a process using its PID. Task Manager is a great way to learn how much resources shutdown.exe process is allocating to itself. It showcases process resource usage in CPU/Memory/Disk and Network. If you have a GPU, it will also showcase the percentage of GPU it is using to run the process.