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  1. Thank you so much! Your solution helped me with that annoying error message on my MacBook Pro 2019, today.

  2. I want to note that I did a fresh reinstall of MacOS Ventura and it did not solve this problem.

    When I followed these instructions, all my problems were solved.

    Thank you!

    1. I didn’t follow the instructions. After entering Sleep I saw fit to press Return; that resulted in a blank page; I clicked on something else – can’t recall what but based on an educated guess and a large folder image appeared. It was binned. Closed the device down and started again and the issue has gone (so far).

  3. I am SO GRATEFUL for your help! Thank you! This fixed the issue … PHEW! Need this for home and school … many, many thanks!

  4. This solved the “shut down” problem quickly and decisively! On top of that, it unexpectedly solved a problem I had been troubleshooting for past couple of weeks where my secondary iMac (used as an extended display in “target display” mode) would get cut off from my primary iMac when being used as an extended display monitor. This resulted in having to re-log into the secondary iMac and re-activate target display mode after waking the primary iMac from screen saver or sleep modes. After implementing this fix, both iMacs now wake up simultaneously while maintaining the target display connection. Thank you!

  5. Re; How to Fix ‘You Shut Down Your Computer Because of a Problem’

    Thank you so much! Your solution and instructions are perfect and the problem is fixed for me. It was very irritating getting the error message on every start up. I have had my MacBook for about two years, (the first I have owned), and I have not seen this error message before. I am wondering if it is triggered by a combination of battery drain and sleep mode? I only occasionally restart the MacBook . I usually shut the lid until I need it again. I think I may have done this when the battery was very low and wonder if this could have caused the problem? The next time I opened the lid the battery low ikon appeared in the centre of the screen. After plugging in the adapter and hearing the confirmation sound I was expecting the MacBook to come to life. It didn’t so I assumed it needed more power to operate and waited a bit. Still nothing happened. After reading various forums I found I had to turn on the MacBook using the power button, something I have never needed to do as usually just opening the lid turns it on. (I did take the opportunity to clean the keyboard and screen as this is the first time the MacBook appears to have been completely off! I once almost locked myself out by cleaning the keyboard and getting a message warning about incorrect password entry). Thank you again! FH

  6. Thanks Stacey 🙂

    Just ‘upgraded’ my MacMini from Monterey 12.6 to 12.6.1 (including the Safari security fix)

    Nag message was possibly a result of the auto restart dance the upgrade message does?

    Curiously the Sleep Wake Failure file reports “OS Version: ??? ??? (Build ???)”

    Apple just does what Apple just does…


  7. I have this problem when I take my iMac to replace the monitor at Apple Shop. Now this message does not disturb me again after following your step. Thank you.

    iMac Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2019
    Monterey 12.5.1

  8. Hi,I followed the procedure but did not find the file “ sleep wake failure”
    Thanks in advance.
    From Italy
    iMac iMac (21.5-inch, 2017)
    Monterey 12.5.1 Version updated August 2022

  9. Thank you very much, Dr. Stacy. This was helpful for me. I’m running masOS Monterey Version 12.4 and this error occurred only after my most recent update. Following these steps has resolved the problem.

  10. Wow, after spending a couple of hours on trying all sort of fixes, I tried one last google search in english (not my first language) and found this advise. And this worked!!!

  11. Thanks for the VERY helpful tip on getting rid of the “You shut down your computer because of a problem” error message issue. It worked for me.

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