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XP takes more than 15 minutes to shut down. please help?

By caladaidoomblad
Sep 3, 2007
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  1. I've had this problem for some time now, and I have run out of ideas about what to do about it. I've used a lot of anti-spyware scans, virusscans and I've been using crapcleaner for some time now, but it has made no difference. If I shut down my computer (or restart) it shuts all programs, and then keeps running for between 15 and 20 minutes:zzz: before it finally turns of the computer.

    It's just annoying:( , and it makes me wonder what windows thinks it's doing in that time.

    Help would be very much appreciated.
  2. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,438

    Does it go to the part where it says "Windows is Shutting down"?

    Does it get stuck on "Windows is Saving Information"?

    Because if it gets stuck on the above part ( Windows is saving information ) then it's probably something wrong with windows, try Defragmenting or reformating.
  3. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    typically it is a .dll file or Driver that causes the problem of long shutdowns.
  4. rapzkilla

    rapzkilla TS Rookie Posts: 60

    mmm, well if it is stuck on "windows is shutting down" then its windows. if it isnt stuck, there then it is probably a program that is still running. You should do a defragmenter, and see if that works. if that doesnt work, you should do a windows xp non destructive repair. Theres no need to reformat. Also you can try running chkdsk /r on DOS
  5. caladaidoomblad

    caladaidoomblad TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It's stuck on 'windows shutting down'. I hoped it might be a .dll program, but I closed the one I suspected before shutting down and it didn't make a difference. How do I do a windows non destructive repair? (never heard of it)

    Thanks!
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

  7. caladaidoomblad

    caladaidoomblad TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks! I'll let you know if that worked.
  8. BlameCanada

    BlameCanada TS Rookie Posts: 356

    Oh yes,and uninstall Norton/Symantec if you have it !
  9. caladaidoomblad

    caladaidoomblad TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks everyone, but I figured it out. Zonealarm was kinda screwed up and crashing my system every time I tried to shut it down. It was the problem that caused my long shutdown times.
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