Hi, using windows xp, with sp2 installed. System is as follows: CPU: p4 530, RAM: 1GB ddr2, GPU:7800GT, mobo:abit aa8 3rdeye Problem: my system up until today would shut down normally. Today, i pressed shut down from within windows and windows would proceed to the screen where it says Windows is preparing to shut down; but it simly hangs there indefinatly without any change in the process, leaving my system sitting there. How can this be remedied. PS: i recently was connecting a samsung z5 mp3 player and i uninstalled zonealarm suite; i dont know if these might have done anything Thank You.