Windows XP slow shutdown & restart

September 18, 2012 at 14:01:19
Specs: Windows XP
I experience slow shutdown on my computer although I've closed all running program.
It takes nearly 5 minutes waiting it to turn completely off. Is it alright to delete the virtual memory on drive C ?

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September 18, 2012 at 14:12:07
Please post your system specs, at least the make/model/speed of the CPU & amount of RAM. If you have an OEM system (Acer, Dell HP, etc), post the make/model. It's difficult to help when we have no idea what you have. Could it be it's just an old, slow machine with a weak CPU with too little RAM & a HDD that's almost full?

When's the last time you scanned for viruses & malware? Do you regularly dump the accumulated internet garbage files? Have you managed your startup apps so that you don't have a bunch of useless crap running in the background? Do you defrag regularly?

"Is it alright to delete the virtual memory on drive C ?"

Delete it? Do you understand what virtual memory is & how it works? Just leave it alone. If you've already altered the setting, change it back - let Windows handle it.

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September 18, 2012 at 15:04:09
Insufficient physical RAM can cause Windows to use the swap file (virtual memory).

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September 18, 2012 at 17:38:35
One thing you might want to check is to see if your system is configured to clear the pagefile on shutdown. If it is enabled that will increase the time for your computer to shut off. Check here:

If the entry is found in the registry and it is set to "1" clearing the pagefile is enabled on shutdown. Modifying to "0" will disable it. The first reboot after modification will clear the pagefile as the change won't take place till after a restart.

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