Originally Posted by fs454
Whenever I shut it down, it hangs on the "Windows is shutting down" screen for about 4 minutes before shutting down. Why does it do this? Is there a way to speed it up? There is almost nothing running when I shut it down if that helps.
This happens on my desktop too but my desktop NEVER SHUTS DOWN the proper way. It hangs at that screen for well over 2 hours, and i dont want to wait that long to shut it down, so i just push the power button.
Are you running Norton, especially Norton Anti-Virus? If so uninstall Norton, then reinstall. Several times a year I have to reinstall Norton and it fixes the hang on shut-down problem. The other thing to try is to use your favorite clean, defrag and compact registry app. This also works. Also defrag your hard drive. And the last thing is to use windows task manager (control-alt-del) and manually shut down your program-apps to see if any one in particular hangs. One more thing is that many free apps have an option to shut down by force any app that hangs for more that a predetermined time set by the user. If I can think of anything else, I will let you know. And always use system restore regularly so that the first time that you see a problem like this you can go back to when your computer was functioning properly. I hope this might help.