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How to Enable Auto-Termination Of Applications in Windows 8

Posted by Manish Sharma Articles | Windows PowerShell October 05, 2012
In this article I have described the way to enable Auto-Termination of Applications in Windows 8.
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Introduction

As we already know Windows 8 has an auto-quit applications feature. This feature is helpful for all active console & GUI-based applications at system shutdown and restart and forcibly closes them. Therefore any user belonging to the Administrators group can enable or disable auto-termination of programs at system shutdown with the help of Local Group Policy Editor. So in this article we will learn how to enable Auto-Termination of Applications in Windows 8.

NOTE - Before starting the process we have to be logged in as an Administrator or have the required administrative rights to open and change local policies.

How to enable Auto-Termination of applications in Windows 8

Step 1

First of all we have to go to the Start window screen in Windows 8.

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Step 2

Then move the cursor on the bottom-right of the window screen and click the search box which is helpful to search in Windows 8.

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Step 3

Then in the search box type "gpedit.msc" and click on Apps from the right sidebar then click gpedit.msc in the main window.

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Step 4

When we click on gpedit.msc in the main window the Local Group Policy Editor will open as follows:

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Step 5

Once the Local Group Policy is opened then use the following:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System

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Step 6

Then under System click on Shutdown Options.

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Step 7

Then under Shutdown Options just double-click Turn off automatic termination of applications that block or cancel shutdown policy setting or a single click on policy setting.

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Step 8

When you click on policy setting a dialog box named with Turn off automatic termination of applications that block or cancel shutdown policy setting will be shown.

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Step 9

Now select the  Not configured or Disable option from the top and then click Apply followed by OK.

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Step 10

Now close the Local Group Policy Editor and bring up the Windows Run console using the Win+R hotkey combination.

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Step 11

Then Just type gpupdate /force and hit Enter to forcibly update the local group policy.

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