found in Managment Tools - and follow any link to Help and Support - there is also a program called UPHCclean from Microsoft which shuts down programs. Read the "readme text file that comes with it.
During the past couple of weeks my desktop has been very slow to boot up and to shutdown, timed near 5 minutes!
Dell Dimension 4500 88GB 7200 RPM HD
WinXP Home SP2 and all MS issue updates
768 MB RAM, at 266Mhz
While I do have lots of stuff on this computer, it had been running smoothly throughout all this time, requiring absolutely no major maintenance at all. I do have 8-10 items in the system tray needed for the programs that I run and they are the same items that have been there for a year and a half, with the exception of Pest Patrol and iTunes. I?ve been uninstalling some software in the process to turn the computer over to my older sister.
I?ve tried everything: streamlined the system tray, scanned the disk, defragged it, ran Registry Mechanic, to no avail. I need to fix it, leaving reformatting the HD and a fresh install of the operating system as the last recourse.
Any suggestions as to what else I can do will be greatly appreciated.