posted by Mike Tucker
Sometimes older computers will get so cluttered with garbage and corrupt programs that they become very slow in their operations and extremely slow when trying to shut off. If you are running Windows XP and are experiencing the slow shutdown problem you can usually fix it yourself.
There are a few things that will cause this problem. When shutting down a PC your operating system closes all the applications before it shuts off completely. Some corrupt programs may hang and not close properly. The default setting for most Windows operating systems is 30 seconds. If the program will not close windows will wait the full amount of time before giving up on it. If you have multiple programs are not closing properly, it can take forever to shut down your computer. I have seen some take over 30 min.
You can manually shut down your computer by holding the power button in for four seconds or more. This is not the proper way to shut down a computer though. Doing it this way will shut your computer down, but it will also cause more errors, and could cause more corrupt files.
The problem comes with a corrupt registry. Orphaned or corrupted registry files that belong to software that is no longer on your computer or not working properly, is one of the major causes for a slow shutdown. If by some chance, you know which program is causing the problem. You can go in and manually delete it yourself. But unless you know what you’re doing this is not recommended. You could cause more harm than good. If you edit or delete the wrong registry entry you could make your PC unable to restart.
The best option to cure this problem is a good repair program. Since Windows does not come with any you will have to download a third-party program. A good registry repair program is a good investment for any computer. It should become part of your routine maintenance. Preforming regular scans and cleaning on your PC will keep it running like new and fully optimized. Your applications will load faster, and eliminate your slow shut off problem.
You will want to look over the different options the software provides before you make your purchase. Some have some really nice features the other ones don’t. Like easily removing programs from your start up, scheduled scans and updates, built-in spyware and ad aware removal and some will even have an option you can check for fast shutdowns.
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