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Old 04-13-2005, 11:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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XP takes forever to shut down

This isn't life or death, but it's annoying.

I have a fair amount of programs running in Windows XP, but the machine has pretty decent horsepower and a gig of memory.

If I start up and shut down within a few minutes, everything seems to be okay. However, after the computer has been on for awhile, when I hit "start" and "shut down" I am privileged to stare at an hourglass for about a minute before I'm presented with the opportunity to hit "turn off."

At first I thought it was a non-responsive background program, but I never get a message saying so, and if I cancel the first shutdown, and try again, it takes just as long.

Anyone have any ideas, or suggestions on how to get to the bottom of it?

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Old 04-14-2005, 12:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This is a tweeking program i use http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/S...H-TuneXP.shtml
It certainly cut my shut down and start up time. Might be worth a look.
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Old 04-14-2005, 03:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Before you shutdown, go to the Taskmanager and take at look at which process is taking up alot of CPU and memory.
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Old 04-16-2005, 05:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestions. (Got bogged down with taxes--sorry to take so long.)

Svchost took up the most memory, but when I checked CPU usage, 97% was in use by "system idle."

I have a feeling that's the problem, but it would be nice if someone who actually knows what they're doing (meaning, someone other than myself) offered some advice.

Thanks again.
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Old 04-16-2005, 05:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
System idle means the cpu cycles are not being used. My advice: manually close down everything nonessential (through TaskManager), then try again. That ought to tell you if a rogue program is the problem. You can also try to manually shut down as many services as you can---maybe you will hunt down one that isn't working right. You can access this list by going to Run (Win+R) and type in services.msc and press enter.
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Old 04-17-2005, 06:50 AM   #6 (permalink)
If you messed with windows configurations (Using TuneUp Utilities for instance) you might have checked the option to delete the paging file on shutdown. This could cause a rather prolonged shutdown.
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Old 05-02-2005, 12:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Finally figured it out. However, I learned a few things en route-tried Tune XP and a program someone somewhere suggested called Currprocess.

However, the problem was somehow related to a KVM switch I have. Once I finally farted around with that a little bit, the problem went away.

Thanks for the suggestions. Like I said, I learned from them.
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Old 05-02-2005, 07:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I know you've already fixed your problem, but I used to have the same problem due to mapped network drives. For some reason Windows would just sit there and hang trying to unmount network drives. As I recall...I ceased having this problem when I set up a Linux/Samba file server.

...And then I ditched Windows on my desktop too and switched to NFS ;-)
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