The shutdown article at http://www.aumha.org/articles.htm offers some 15 steps to find out what it is.
There is no "do-this" answer.
I have a Dell notebook running Windows Me. Whenever I switch her on, the Scandisk window comes up to scan files, as if I have not shutdown my computer properly. This happens even if I have correctly shut down my computer.
That scan disk window then take FOREVER to finish (in fact i have never had it finish since I've encountered the problem: I have left my computer for 3 hours & it still never finishes scanning.)
However if I press 'Cancel' on the Scandisk window, my computer then starts up absolutely fine & everything seems to work like it used to/should do and I can save documents just like I normally do. (the only thing slightly awry was a music file has obviously become corrupt since this problem started, but I don't know if that corruption is because of whatever problem I have)
Can somebody please advise me what might be wrong and how to fix it. I have had suggestions that I reinstall Windows Me (it has never been reinstalled since I bought it 3 years ago) but I'm VERY technically unaware and am worried about how I'd do it myself, and indeed if this would solve the problem.
All advice greatly appreciated, and apolgies if the answer to my questions can be found elsewhere. If so, please point me in that direction.
(For the record, Dell are no help cos their customer support is only open the hours I am at work!)