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windows taking its time to restart/shutdown



when i go to either shut down or restart it takes a while for my computer to actually start to shutdown. It just sits there as if i hadn't told it to shutdown or restart. Then after a minute or two programs start shutting down and than windows shutsdown. Does ayone know what could be causing this?

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Welcome to the forums dominic02. :)

For starters have a look over here. Let us know if you find anything or not.

If not let us know a little more about your setup.


Heh yea i always forget to say what i've got.
I've got a 2.8ghz p4b, 512mb ram, 64mb ATI radeon 9000 running windows xp professional.

That site looks great, haven't gotten a chance to go through it yet though.

Thanx for the reply.


I've had this problem before where I could wait up to 5 minutes for my pc to Shut down. If you have a Via chipset Install the latest 4in1 drivers and it will fix your problem.

Good luck


I'm sorry Hal...
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try this

open regedit


then change waittokillservicetimeout to a lower number, that way xp will wait less time before killing services as it shuts down

theres also a AutoEndTasks (change to 1) setting in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
This forces any task, that does not respond to the shutdown, to end.
You can also change Value of WaitToKillAppTimeout The default: is 20000 milliseconds (20 seconds). If the user process does not end by this time, AutoEndTasks is invoked.

can try all at once or one of them at a time, whatever

always backup regkeys before changing them


Real Name No Gimmicks
How about using bootvis to improve the shutdown speed?

And check if the pagefile is beeing cleared on shutdown:
Administrative Tools -> Local Security Policy -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options -> Shutdown: Clear virtual memory pagefile.



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