GDI+ Window preventing to shut down fix

GDI+ Window preventing to shut down fix

GDI+ Window preventing to shut down fix: Graphics Device Interface and Windows App are preventing your computer from shut down. Windows GDI+ is the portion of the Windows operating system that provides two-dimensional vector graphics, imaging, and typography. GDI+ improves on Windows Graphics Device Interface (GDI) (the graphics device interface included with earlier versions of Windows) by adding new features and by optimizing existing features. And sometime the GDI and Windows app conflict giving the error GDI+ Window preventing to shut down.

GDI Window preventing to shut down fix

What is GDI+?

GDI was the tool by which what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) capability was provided in Windows applications. GDI+  is an enhanced C++-based version of GDI. The Graphics Device Interface (GDI) is a Microsoft Windows application programming interface and core operating system component responsible for representing graphical objects and transmitting them to output devices such as monitors and printers.

A graphics device interface, such as GDI+, allows application programmers to display information on a screen or printer without having to be concerned about the details of a particular display device. The application programmer makes calls to methods provided by GDI+ classes and those methods in turn make the appropriate calls to specific device drivers. GDI+ insulates the application from the graphics hardware,
and it is this insulation that allows developers to create device-independent applications.

GDI+ Window preventing to shut down

Method 1: Run the Power troubleshooter To diagnose and fix the error.

  1. Press Windows Key + R button to open the Run dialogue box.
  2. Type Control and hit enter to open Control Panel.
    control pannel
  3. In the search box type ‘troubleshooter’ and select ‘Troubleshooting.’
    troubleshooting hardware and sound device
  4. Now click on System and Security and select Power, then follow on screen instruction.
    select power in system and security troubleshooting
  5. Reboot to apply the changes.

Method 2: Perform System File Check (SFC)

  1. Press Windows Key + Q button to open Charms Bar.
  2. Type cmd and right click on cmd option and select ‘Run as Administrator.’
    Cmd run as administrator
  3. Type sfc /scannow and hit enter.
    SFC scan now command prompt
  4. Reboot.

The above must have fixed your problem with GDI Window preventing to shut down if not then continue with next method.

Method 3: Start the computer in clean boot

You can start Windows by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs by using “clean boot.” With the help of clean boot you can eliminate software conflicts.

Step 1:
  1. Press the Windows Key + R button, then type ‘msconfig’ and click OK.
    msconfig
  2. Click Boot tab under system configuration and uncheck ‘Safe Boot’ option.
    uncheck safe boot option
  3. Now go back to the general tab and make sure ‘Selective startup’ is checked.
  4. Uncheck ‘Load startup items‘ under selective startup.
    Selective startup in system configuration
  5. Select Service tab and check the box ‘Hide all Microsoft services.’
  6. Now click ‘Disable all’to disable all the unnecessary services which might cause conflict.
    hide all microsoft services in system configuration
  7. On Startup tab, click ‘Open Task Manager.’
    startup open task manager
  8. Now in Startup tab (Inside Task Manager) disable all the startup items which are enabled.
    disable startup items
  9. Click OK and then Restart.
Step 2: Enable half of the services
  1. Press the Windows Key + R button, then type ‘msconfig’ and click OK.
    msconfig
  2. Select Service tab and check the box ‘Hide all Microsoft services.’
    hide all microsoft services
  3. Now select half of the check boxes in the Service list and enable them.
  4. Click OK and then Restart.
Step 3: Determine whether the problem returns
  • If the problem still occurs, repeat step 1 and step 2. In step 2, only select half of the services that you originally selected in step 2.
  • If the problem does not occur, repeat step 1 and step 2. In step 2, only select half of the services that you didn’t selected in step 2.Repeat these steps until you have selected all the check boxes.
  • If only one service is selected in the Service list and you still experience the problem, then the selected service is causing the problem.
  • Go to step 6. If no service causes this problem then go to step 4.
Step 4: Enable half of the Startup items

If no startup item causes this problem then Microsoft services are most likely to cause the problem. To determine which Microsoft service repeat step 1 and step 2 without hiding all Microsoft services in either step.

Step 5: Determine whether the problem returns
  • If the problem still occurs, repeat step 1 and step 4. In step 4, only select half of the services that you originally selected in the Startup Item list.
  • If the problem does not occur, repeat step 1 and step 4. In step 4, only select half of the services that you didn’t selected in the Startup Item list. Repeat these steps until you have selected all the check boxes.
  • If only one startup item is selected in the Startup Item list and you still experience the problem, then the selected start item is causing the problem. Go to step 6.
  • If no startup item causes this problem then Microsoft services are most likely to cause the problem. To determine which Microsoft service repeat step 1 and step 2 without hiding all Microsoft services in either step.
Step 6: Resolve the problem.

Now you may have determine which startup item or service is causing the problem, contact the program manufacturer or go their forum and determine whether the problem can be resolved. Or you can run the System Configuration utility and disable that service or startup item.

Step 7: Follow these steps to again boot to normal startup:
  1. Press the Windows key + R button and type ‘msconfig’ and click OK.
    msconfig
  2. On the General tab, select the Normal Startup option, and then click OK.
    system configuration enable normal startup
  3. When you are prompted to restart the computer, click Restart.

Finally you have fixed GDI+ Window preventing to shut down problem, now you are good to go. But if you still have any question regarding this post feel free to ask them in comments.

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