| By Fred Langa |
Sometimes, to fix a Windows problem you have to take the gloves off.
Slow Windows shutdowns are almost as annoying as long startups — but there are ways to force a quick shutdown.
No-fooling fix for two-to-three-minute shutdown
Reader Jim Ellis used “nagging problem” in his e-mail, but I think he understated it. Plodding shutdowns are a pain, especially when you’re done pounding the keyboard and in a hurry to leave.
Although his is an XP setup, the following cures apply to all versions of Windows.
- “I have a Windows XP system that is kept updated to the letter.
“I am wondering if anyone has any idea why my system takes two or more minutes to shut down. Eventually, it shuts down and all seems OK, but it’s really troublesome that it takes so long.
“I tried to keep System Manager active to see what was taking up all the CPU and I/O time, but that didn’t work. Any ideas would be appreciated.”
Windows does not normally shut itself down until all other running software has had an ample chance to sign off.
Unfortunately, some software does not respond properly to the shutdown signal. Assuming the software is still running, Windows waits … and waits … and waits.