Just wanted to get an idea whether anyone has experienced this. Out of the blue, my laptop has decided to take ages to shutdown. Previously, shutdown would take only a few seconds, now it goes on for minutes. In fact, I get so annoyed that it takes so long that I haven't yet waited for shutdown to happen on its own.
I've searched the web and I've found references to clearing the page file at shutdown, the time it takes to kill apps still running, even a reference to Firefox causing it, etc. I don't clear the page file at shutdown and the time to kill applications is set at 2000. I always keep my system fully up to date, both Windows and applications, use Security Essentials, run Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and have never had this problem before on any system.
It's not causing me any grief, just annoyed that it is happening.
Ideas as to what could be causing it are welcome.