The issue isn't so much the English, but that no less than 15 possible reasons for this exist. It's all at the Shutdown link at http://www.aumha.org/articles.htm
Another issue is that this old OS has some hard limits with 64 thousand byte resource pools (sorry, Microsoft isn't going to issue a fix!) that you may have shutdown trouble if these pools are too shallow.
Best of luck finding which item it is.
on shutdown the machine takes on a mind of its own. Sometimes shutting down ok, other times either going into a hibernation type mode where the only thing to do is pull the plug,(reset button doesn't do it) or it restarts. any suggestions???
I'm not technically minded so plain english would help!