Using Win Xp Pro.... recently I noticed that the computer takes a very long time to shut down. It used to take it just 30 seconds but now I can be waiting for up to 2-3 minutes b4 it shuts down.... (btw: Start-ups are still very quick) Itnitially, it logs off and starts saving settings very smoothly but then it stays for ever on the screen where it reads 'windows is shutting down'.... I hve installed new software recently but I don't want to have to uninstall it just coz of this. am wondering if anyone can offer advice and to explain what it is that might be causing this? what is the computer doing in all those 2-3 minutes!?! is there like a shut-down list of processes? (similar to the start-up list you get in msconfig?) thanks, J.