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    Shutting down Windows

    My computer (Windows XP) has been refusing to shut down lately. I use the standard steps of going to START > TURN OFF COMPUTER. It "hangs up" and will not shut off, even if left to do it all night. I have checked for spyware, viruses (AVG-free edition, and Postini), and have a firewall (ZoneAlarm-free edition). Any suggestions? Thank you!!

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    Re: Shutting down Windows

    Only thing indicated when I rebooted in Safe Mode was:
    "Windows Defender: Application failed to initialize: 0x80070006. The handle is invalid."
    Would this cause problems with shutting down?

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    Re: Shutting down Windows

    I'm not sure to be honest.
    I would try uninstalling or re-installing Defender and seeing if that makes a difference to your shutdown problem, but wait and see if anyone else has better advice.

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    Re: Shutting down Windows

    Take a look at The Elder Geek's troubleshooting XP shutdown issues page.
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    Re: Shutting down Windows

    Have you examined the system event log to see if there is anything relevant? Check out Support WebCast: Microsoft Windows XP: Troubleshooting Startup and Shutdown Problems and How to troubleshoot by using the System Configuration utility in Windows XP for additonal troubleshooting information.

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