Solved Windows XP shuts down but does not shut off

October 19, 2010 at 12:43:21
Specs: Windows XP
Windows shuts down but the computer does not shut off. The fan comes on and it just gets 'stuck' in a loop or something. The only way I can shut it off is depressing the on button and holding it down for a few seconds. I can turn it back on and it boots fine, as if nothing happened. I just bought a registry cleaner and it found and fixed all kinds of errors but apparently none that were causing this problem! I have also run ckdsk repeatedly but nothing is repaired there either.

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February 25, 2011 at 13:15:30
If it's an off the shelf computer, Dell, etc., you wouldn't probably be able to transfer the XP license to another machine. You can find a relatively inexpensive copy of XP now, ($100 or less?) Then do a little research and build yourself a system for a backup of your old one. If you are in a large city, you may have computer resellers from whom you can get very cheap computers with XP installed. Got one for a friend for $50 with Pentium 3.2, 512 Memory, and 80 G drive, XP installed.


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October 19, 2010 at 14:24:58
... I've been using SuperFast Shutdown (freeware) without any issues for years.

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#2
October 19, 2010 at 14:54:46
I just bought a registry cleaner and it found and fixed all kinds of errors

Why on earth would you buy a registry cleaner? Ccleaner is free and probably does a much better job. Sounds like your paid version gave you all kinds of false positives to coax you into buying it. The usual story.

Did your computer ever shut down properly or is it an upgrade from an older OS on the PC?

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#3
October 19, 2010 at 15:29:41
In answer to your why on earth? question, becos I was desperate. The only reason I keep this old computer around is because one of the programs I use to make my living is not compatible wtih Windows 7. And so I am using two computers.

And, I think I need to clarify something. The computer shuts off spontaneously - just clicks off while I am using it. This is not a voluntary shut down - it shuts down properly when I need it to. Never had a problem with normal shut downs.


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#4
October 19, 2010 at 15:52:41
could be overheating, bad ram or a failing power supply...all 3 will cause those problems in one way or another.
You never said which registry cleaner you bought???

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#5
October 19, 2010 at 15:59:35
It's called Registry Mechanic from PC Tools. And thanks for the Computing. net link. I am running a complete chkdsk right now. Maybe it will find something, but likely you are right about the other problems. This computer is about nine years old and I am just keeping it running for that one purpose mentioned. There is not going to be an upgrade to Windows 7 for that program and so eventually I will just lose this kind of work. Thanks a bunch.

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February 25, 2011 at 13:15:30
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If it's an off the shelf computer, Dell, etc., you wouldn't probably be able to transfer the XP license to another machine. You can find a relatively inexpensive copy of XP now, ($100 or less?) Then do a little research and build yourself a system for a backup of your old one. If you are in a large city, you may have computer resellers from whom you can get very cheap computers with XP installed. Got one for a friend for $50 with Pentium 3.2, 512 Memory, and 80 G drive, XP installed.

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#7
February 26, 2011 at 06:06:36
Right-click "My Computer" and select "Properties". Go to the "Advanced" tab and under "Startup and Recovery" click "Settings". Under "System Failure", uncheck the box at ÔÇťAutomatically Restart".

Hopefully, this will solve your problem.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.


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#8
June 16, 2011 at 08:46:09
@ riktangle Why tell people to buy a copy of XP just because "its an off the shelf computer, Dell, etc." ? If you own the "Dell" and are planning on using the XP operating system on only one pc, then you can definately transfer the license. The reason I know this is because I have done it so many times that I can no longer keep count. I am a system builder\rebuilder and an XP License is transferable as long as you don't use multiple copies.

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