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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Windows shutdown problem

One of the most common complaints among Windows 2000 and XP users is that it takes too long for a user to log off.

Method 1: Try to shut down or restart the computer from safe mode. Reboot Windows and press F8 for Safe Mode. Related Post Repairing Safe Mode

Method 2: Another place to look regarding a long shutdown time would be the local security policy for clearing the virtual memory
file upon shutdown (Administrative Tools, Local Security Policy, Security Options); if it is enabled it can take a long time to shutdown.

Method 3: Microsoft has created a tool, UPHCLEAN (User Profile Hive Cleanup Service), that allows the system to monitor applications that access the user registry hives, and determine if an application has left keys open at logoff. If this happens, UPHCLEAN will log the application name and the keys in question, release the keys in question and complete the logoff process. This will not only allow users to log off cleanly, but also allow the problem application to be flagged. Download here. After installation-Go to C:\Program Files\UPHClean and right click application uphclean file & select Send To Desktop (create shortcut). Double click uphclean icon file whenever shutdown is slow. Wait and when it completes its process the dos window will shut down automatically. Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000; Windows Server 2003; Windows XP Microsoft Source

Method 4: ShutdownXP Enforcer

Shuts down your system in the twinkle of an eye. I use it in normal circumstances without problem when I have to rush but it is still advisable to use it when an application that refuses to close, a system freeze, etc..

Create keyboard shortcut keys just in case your mouse freeze too.

A very powerful tool to immediate Shutdown or Restart Windows 2000 and XP Operating Systems' based computers (the last chance before the Reset button).

Use it only if you have serious reasons not to follow the ordinary Shutdown/Restart procedure (i.e. an application that refuses to close, a system freeze, etc.).
It's a System Tray Application and uses a very small amount of resources when running.
It gives you the ability to create a Shutdown and a Restart shortcuts on your Desktop for the occasion of a System's Tray failure.

Windows 2000/XP
1.24 mb

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