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Help to Speed Up Shut Down Time

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Feb 12, 2002
hi i have been having some problems lately. usually when i shut down my PC, the hard disk will be working non stop and the shut down wil take effect in about 15 - 20 seconds.

lately, I notice that the hard disk works in spurts, runs for a moment, then stops, pauses the runs again and finally shuts down. about 30 seconds.

anyone has encountered this phenomeon before and how you went about solving it ? I'm using Norton AV and Internet Security but I doubt they're the problem since I've uninstalled them and they're the same.

I have a P4 1.60A @ 2.3 GHz, 256 MB DDR Ram and 512 MB page file size.

Thanks for your help!
Try disabling "fast shutdown"
Run msconfig, choose the General tab, click Advanced, then turn on Disable fast shutdown and click OK twice.
See if this helps.
Go download the MS tool 'Bootvis' (or something similar) and it'll automatically speed things up. It's free and on the MS site I think. I know its for boot but it cured my problem of a slow shutdown.

I'll see if I can find a link.