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Windows XP slow shutdown

by Jane917 / February 5, 2006 3:36 AM PST

I am running XP 2 Dell 4700 Pentium 4 3.2GHz 1G Ram. The machine has run smoothly until yesterday. I tweaked the msconfig a bit to uncheck some files that were loading at startup. I was very careful to double check if a file was needed. If in doubt, I left it checked. The machine starts up fine, but now there is a noticeable lag in shutting down. It takes a longer time than usual for the screen the pop up that lets me click Shut Down or Restart. I ran check disk, clean disk, and defrag (which told me I did not need to defrag). In a pinch, I can always restore back to a time before I started "tweaking," but thought I would post the question here to see if anyone has any good ideas what might be going on. Thanks. Jane

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One by one
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 5, 2006 5:18 AM PST

The quickest way to check is to do what you suggested, return the msconfig Startup entries to what they were before you amended them, then shut down and see if the slow shut down has been solved.

If so, then you can check which entry makes the difference by one by one, removing a tick to one of the entries you removed originally, then shut down after each change.

It's laborious but if the change in the msconfig did slow your shut down speed, this way will find the entry and you can then do some more research on why.

If returning msconfig to the way it was does not return the shut down to normal speed then we must think some more.

Good luck


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One by One
by Jane917 / February 5, 2006 7:01 AM PST
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I figured the response would be to check each one individually. Would you suggest I use XP Restore to go back or mscofig launch system restore command? It's almost kickoff time, so I won't be doing anything for a while! Jane in Washington

Go Seahawks!

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Whatever you wish
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 5, 2006 6:42 PM PST
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I would prefer to reverse my steps and see if that cures it; ie, replace the ticks in msconfig.


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RE: did not need to defrag
by caktus / February 5, 2006 7:20 AM PST

I beleive applies if the fragmentation may drastically affect the operation of Windows. Regular or even daily defragmenting will [help] keep the machine operating at peak performance. It also means defregmentation time may be reduced form many minutes to as little as seconds.

You may want to download and browse TweakGuides Tweaking Companion Version 3.0 and browse page 59-63. The entire e-book is 1.9MB but well worth the trouble.

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