Turn Off Auto Closing of Programs at Shutdown in Windows 7

When you shutdown Windows and if some programs are open, then Windows automatically terminates them. Suppose you were working on a document and accidentally try to shutdown, then Windows will forcibly terminate the open document and there is a possibility that the changes will not be saved. You can turn off this default behavior of Windows to automatically terminate programs at shutdown as explained below :

Method 1 :

  1. Press the key combination Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog. Type gpedit.msc in the Run dialog and press Enter.
  2. In the Group Policies Editor, navigate to Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → System → Shutdown Options in the left side treeview.

  3. In the right hand side pane, you will find a value Turn off automatic termination of applications that block or cancel shutdown. Double click on it. Choose Enabled.
  4. Click OK to save the settings and close the dialog.

Method 2 :

  1. Click on the Start Menu (blue orb in the bottom-left corner), type regedit.exe in the search field and press Enter. Choose Yes, if the User Account Control dialog pops up.

  2. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key :
  3. Right-click in the right-side pane, and select New → DWORD (32-bit Value) as shown. Type in the name of the value as AllowBlockingAppsAtShutdown.

  4. Double-click on the newly created value AllowBlockingAppsAtShutdown and set the value to 1 as shown,

  5. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Method 3 :

You can also download the registry script from turnoff_autoclose_policy_win7.zip. Extract the contents of the ZIP archive to a folder on your desktop. Double-click on turnoff_autoclose_policy_win7.reg and choose Yes if the User Account Control shows up. Then, you have to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.