The prompt comes up for a second I can't even hit cancel in time to see why it's saying that, it's a blink and it shuts down fine but this force shutdown or force reboot (if i reboot) message always comes up. I start the computer and shut it down no apps are running. not sure. I just got this system so maybe something needs to be disabled. It's frustrating me. If anyone can help, I'd appreciate it.
It could be antivirus or indexing (or both) running in the background. Nothing to worry about, just let it go untill it shuts down itself.
The indexing is done in the background when idle, after a while there is less that needs doing, but there will always be something working in the background. It usually doesn't take long for it to shut itself down.
actually I'm still getting this problem, and sometimes windows 7 hangs in the shutting down screen forever. i left the room after i hit shutdown, went out came back 5 hours later.. that screen was still up. Not sure why it's doing that. I read a lot of people having this problem, but I haven't read a fix, since people have tried everything. I'm not reformatting again since people say that doesn't help it. It's how something is set up and unlike XP, I am lost when trying to find out what exactly it might be. That screen with the force shutdown appears and closes on it's own so fast I can't even hit cancel, it's like a blink. Then it goes into the shutting down screen and it stays there.
I think its normal for w7. Windows initiate shutdown, but if there is some program waiting for some action (save document or confirm some action like save opened windows in FF) it will wait short time and then pop force shutdown window co you can chose what to do (and possibly kill it after while if no action taken, didnt get that far yet to make sure).
If in your case it popup just for second and then disapear it means that during that second program it was waiting for closed so there was no more need to force shutdown. I would just ignore it in your case.