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    How do I stop needing to force shutdown?

    I run W7 Home premium. More often than not, when I shutdown for the night, I get a message about the system waiting on something to close before it can do its thing. I'm offered the choice of forcing a shutdown, and I always select that option.

    As a non-technical person, how can I find out what's holding up the works, so that I can take corrective action?

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    You'll need to do some detective work.

    See if Windows 8 | 7 will not shut down, windows 7 slow shutdown problem (post #3), or Windows 7 shutdown and sleep problems help.

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    You could also try a clean boot to see if the problem is caused by a start up item:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick-Y View Post
    I get a message about the system waiting on something to close before it can do its thing. I'm offered the choice of forcing a shutdown, and I always select that option.
    Dick,

    Hello.... The "Something" ..is the clue. On every OS that I'm on, if i get that message it will tell me what it is that I'm waiting on to shutdown. Regards Fred
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    Well now I am really confused. I followed up on Joe's references with nothing helping.
    I rebooted once with no "system waiting . . ."
    I rebooted later, and got a message "waiting for background programs to stop" . . . but no "somethings" identified, just that message.
    This morning on booting up and shutting down I got: waiting on "task host windows . . .playing logoff sound."
    So I checked Sounds. Up top, I have chosen "none." So I looked further in the subcategories, and for "playing logoff sound" I already have "none" chosen.

    So I am confused as to what's going on.

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    Did you try the clean boot procedure Jerry referenced in post #3?

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    Yes. I have only 1 startup item, btw: Winpatrol. MSSE and Robocopy are on a delayed start via Winpatrol.

    Dick

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    Did you get the same inconsistent results with the clean boot?

    Do you have any peripheral devices you turn on or off while the system is in use?

    Do you have any network devices which become unavailable when the system is in use?

    Have you moved or rearranged any electronic equipment near the PC recently?

    Have you added any new peripheral equipment recently?

    Have you updated any drivers recently?

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    Joe:
    The answer is "no" to all of them. Part of the problem vis a vis your 1st question is, as I explained, the problem is intermittent.

    FWIW, when I did do the clean boot, the 3 non-Microsoft services that showed up were:
    MBAM Scheduler
    MBAM Services
    Malwarebytes Image Mounting Service

    I have been using these for a long time.

    Dick

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    You should just try not answering to the prompt and see what happens. If the computer shuts down, everything is ok, it's just a slower computer...

    I get that, at times, and it often shuts itself before I can even do anything. Other times it lasts a little longer, but it always shuts down on its own.
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    RUI:
    I'm sure you're right. Mine always does too. Since I've already spent way more time trying to fix this nagging issue (and the time of everybody trying to help) I'll stop being so anal and let it go.

    Case closed.

    Dick

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    Ok, Dick. It's just a performance issue, nothing worrying about it .
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    Hello Dick-Y, I am an ancient man and relatively recently switched on my first PC. I use Win 7 Pro, so I know my oats. Still use XP too. Buuut, I became a Geek overnight, by reading Windows Secrets. Listen carefully now: if you want to shut down your PC quickly, without any fuss, just pull the plug out. It works for me! Just don't blame me if anything goes wrong, please. WS will probably give me a four-star rating for this truly amazing fix...

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    Hello Robert. Thank you for your suggestion. I am following RUI's advice, so I have "pulled the plug" on looking for solutions.
    Best,
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    Pulling out the power cord is a last resort and not recommended. I've been using PC's since 1985 and have only had to take this drastic step once or twice.

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