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my laptop takes a long time to shut down

by sasmdr / April 23, 2008 5:23 PM PDT

What is the normal time for windows xp ,professional edition on a 1.8 Ghz Pentium 4 processor to shut down?

I used to think it was fast . Then I switched on the facility of ?system restore ? . It appeared to me that the system had slowed down when shutting down.

I have since switched off the facility of ?system restore?.

However, it still takes approximately five minutes for the machine to shut down , after I have used the system command to ?Turn off?.

Pl advise.


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Not a good idea
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 23, 2008 7:21 PM PDT

I'm not entirely sure, but I doubt if System Restore affects the shutdown. System Restore doesn't create backups unless you choose to create one, or unless certain Windows Updates forces an automatic System set Restore Point.

But in any case turning off System Restore is not a good idea. Whilst disabling it to recover disk space, (by deleting all old and unused backup files), is a useful option, not having any restore points to fall back on leaves you open to problems the next time you install anything and the install breaks your Operating System.

You need to check elsewhere for the cause of your slow shutdown times. The usual suspects are spyware and P2P file sharing where someone else is uploading files from you.


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Is it on a network??
by Steven Haninger / April 23, 2008 8:58 PM PDT

My laptop is very slow to shut down unless I disconnect from the network first. It's actually my company laptop used at home but connected via VPN to business servers. The network neighborhood is huge. I never timed the shutdown when connected because I run out of patience after 15 or 20 minutes. If disconnected, it's off in less than a minute.

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problem solved
by sasmdr / April 30, 2008 8:30 PM PDT

I solved the problem.

What I had done was increase the page size for RAM to maximum. The computer recommends 1.5 times the RAM size as paging size,but I went ahead and put it to max.

Thus while shutting down, all the stuff on the hard disk was being copied back into main memory...

Now it shuts down in 1.5 minutes versus 4.5 minutes earlier.


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