The Problem with the Shutdown Dialog

In addition to installing software I need, another thing I also do when setting up a new computer is enabling the following group policy option for Turn off automatic termination of applications that block or cancel shutdown. It’s in the Shutdown Options part of the group policy editor (you will need the Professional edition of Windows for this). What does it do and why is needed?

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Shutdown Options

This option controls the Shutdown UI that gets shown when you have an application that blocks shutdown. Since Windows Vista, the following UI is show on shutdown. What problem did it solve?

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The full screen shutdown dialog

Well prior to this dialog when you attempted to shutdown it was hard to keep track of the different application windows that may have been blocking shutdown or requesting something from the user to allow shutdown. The shutdown dialog allows you to easily see what applications are blocking shutdown.

However this dialog creates issues of it’s own. It gives you two options that aren’t really helpful. Shut down anyway and Cancel. Shutdown anyway means exactly that. It means possibly losing work and important state. And choosing cancel doesn’t help because you’re back to square one of trying to shutdown.

It would be nice if there was a way to respond to applications that are blocking shutdown and save your work as necessary. However the dialog is full screen and doesn’t allow switching to other applications.

Ideally most applications would be smart enough to save their current state and restore it when on reboot instead of blocking shutdown. For instance if you had a document you had modified the application would save the modified document to a temporary document and restore that when it was run after restart. However until that happens I find disabling the shutdown dialog allows me to restart without losing work.

Mirekusoft Install Monitor 3.0.519.3

There is a new version of Install Monitor available on the downloads page. This release contains several bug fixes and improved reliability and compatibility.

Some of the important changes are:

-Improved compatibility with the latest Windows 10 Insider Previews – you should install this build before upgrading to a Windows 10 Insider Preview 14942 or later

-Fixed condition where the product asks you to activate on a new installation

-Improved compatibility with Windows Store Apps such as Forza Horizon 3

New Mirekusoft Install Monitor 3.0!

A new major version of Mirekusoft Install Monitor has been released.You can get it from the downloads page.

Mirekusoft Install Monitor 3 comes packed with improvements. There are bug fixes, performance/reliability/compatibility improvements. There is also support for Windows 10.

The user interface has been updated to be more responsive while providing more different views, more status messages, and program instant search. It’s easier to find items in the different panes with quick find.

Furthermore, the accuracy of program usage information has been improved. The program pane also makes easier to identify programs that can be run versus support programs and new programs that have not been run are highlighted.

Startup Monitor has been expanded to give your more control over what’s running. When you exit a program disabled in Startup Monitor we automatically kill all background processes.

We’ve added the ability to add custom exclusions to Program Cleanup.

More details will follow.