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    Very Slow Shutdown (Windows XP Pro Build 2600)

    When I power down my IBM Thinkpad A22p with 512 MB RAM it takes 3 minutes or more the shutdown. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

    Is this normal?

    It was a lot quicker when I was running Windows 2000.

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    Re: Very Slow Shutdown (Windows XP Pro Build 2600)

    I'd say a service or background program isn't shutting down properly and that's the source of the delay. While the system is shutting down, press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to bring up the task manager and see if you can spot any processes (it might not allow you to do use Task Manager while shutting down - depends on how far it's gotten in the process).

    Also, check your event viewer, both the system and application logs. You can easily access this by going through Start - Run and entering EVENTVWR.MSC in the box. Any red flags, or an overabundance of warnings (yellow)?
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    Re: Very Slow Shutdown (Windows XP Pro Build 2600)

    Mark,

    Thanks for your suggestion. I've had a look at Event Viewer and have extracted the reports for a shut down / power down that commences at about 11:26 and finished around 11:30 followed by a restart. See the attachment.

    The Application and event warnings are beyond by comprehension <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15> when I look them up at Microsoft's Help and Support Centre at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

    Any help you can give in interpreting them would be most helpful. Mind you some report there "was no help available" <img src=/S/sarcasm.gif border=0 alt=sarcasm width=15 height=15>

    Thanks for your assist.
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    Re: Very Slow Shutdown (Windows XP Pro Build 2600)

    OK, my first stop would be http://www.eventid.net where you can plug in the specific error message and see what other users have encountered, along with their workarounds (if any). Isolate the errors that have a red flag. I found this: http://www.eventid.net/display.asp?eventid=1517&source= and it seems to fit your situation. It seems that something is trying to write to the Windows registry during shutdown, and I'd bet a dollar a donut that it's causing at least part of your problem.

    FWIW, the event viewer has some really crappy messages that mean diddly to most folks. I don't think Microsoft intended most people to look there for troubleshooting, and honestly I'd say that the overwhelming majority of people that are adopting XP aren't even aware it exists. Take a look at that link above and see if you can make sense out of it. If you can't resolve it with that link and the solutions it provides, perhaps setting a time-out for services at shutdown will help. Windows can be forced to pull the plug on programs and services that don't behave.
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    Re: Very Slow Shutdown (Windows XP Pro Build 2600)

    Edited by <font color=red>WyllyWylly</font color=red> to add URL code. See the Quick Guide. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    I haven't really worked out what was causing my slow shutdowns (or cold boots) but I've been able to about half it 9to about 90 seconds) by following the advice contained at the Black Viper's site http://www.blkviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm on the setting of the various Windows XP Services <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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