It can happen in any Windows version: Instead of shutting down promptly, your PC stays on and unresponsive for several long minutes. Here are some easy fixes for shutdown delays.
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Win10 shutdowns taking far too long
Under ideal conditions, a clean Windows setup can shut down in seconds.
But out here in the real world, shutdowns can take longer — sometimes, far, far longer!
Some shutdown delays creep in bit by bit, accumulating over time. You can prevent this type of slowdown with good routine maintenance. (See the January 10, 2017, Best Practices, Top Story, “Start 2017 right with a clean Windows PC.”)