Some users are reporting that “Program Manager” — a tool absent from Windows since the 1990s — is somehow preventing correct shutdowns in Windows 10!
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Can’t shut down Win10 due to “Program Manager”
Reader Pedro wrote in with a problem that was, at least initially, extremely puzzling.
- “When I turn off my PC, a message pops up warning that “Program Manager” is preventing Win10 from shutting down. I’m given several choices: Force Shutdown, Cancel, or Close Program Manager and try again.
“I have been through the various Windows and Tech forums — but none helped.
“What’s the problem and what do I need to do to remove it from my laptop?”
This question brought me up short at first. Windows used to have a component called “Program Manager,” but that was way back in version 3.x (early 1990’s)!
When I searched online for an answer, I found that quite a few people were reporting the same issue. I wondered if Microsoft had recently resurrected the old name and given it to some component of Win10, perhaps in the Anniversary Update.