Solved Windows XP Windows is shutting down slow...

Dell Dimension 8300 desktop
July 10, 2011 at 16:36:21
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.20GHz, 4 Gigabytes RAM
I have Windows XP Home Edition installed on a Dell Dimension 8300, and the OS works fine except for the shutdown. It hibernates and goes into standby at normal speeds, but a shutdown is very slow. It goes through "Logging off" and "Saving your settings" at normal speeds, but it displays "Windows is shutting down" for 90 seconds (I timed it). Booting up goes at a normal speed, but it doesn't load my notification area icons until I end and restart the "explorer.exe" process. I have run Ad-Adware, Spybot, and my anti-virus suite scanners, and fixed any issues that they found, but it still shuts down slow. My specs are perfect to run XP:

Intel Pentium 4 Processor @ 3.2 GHz, With Hyper-Threading Enabled
4 GB of RAM
40 GB OS Drive with 20 GB free
Nvidia Geforce FX5200 With 128 MB of Video Memory

Does anyone know about how to fix this? Any help would be appreciated.

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Dell Dimension 8300
Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.20 GHz
4 GB RAM
Nvidia Geforce FX5200


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July 10, 2011 at 19:47:58
IE is always empty - I've long since forgotten the reason.

Right now you need to look for any errors that relate to shutting down - their times will help. They might give a clue about what things are hanging up.

As for the general bulk then it's a case of slowly wading through them sometime, concentrating on the most recent ones. Not all errors and events are serious and they can come and go.

Check out that second link I gave you - it has a lot of useful info.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks



#1
July 10, 2011 at 17:21:55
Do you have the page file being deleted or shreded at shutdown?
Maybe the Hybernate information is being deleted at shutdown.
If you have a faster drive installed, put the page file and hybernate file there.


If it 'hangs' with the drive light off, then you have a driver issue. Doesn't read like that is an issue.


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#2
July 10, 2011 at 18:38:15
I found that the following little MS Program worked wonders for my shut down. It kills off any hanging processes:

http://www.microsoft.com/download/e...

Your notifications area delay is a new one on me. Presumably it doesn't arrive how ever long you wait.

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#3
July 10, 2011 at 19:02:15
Thanks all for your help!

@Derek. I tried the program and it didn't seem to make any difference :(.

@modify.hardware. I do have the page file set to be cleared at shutdown. I'm testing right now to see if disabling helps.

Another clue: For the first few seconds when the screen displays "Windows is shutting down", the hard drive activity light is normally flashing on and off, but for the rest of the time, it is on solidly until the system gets to the BIOS. Any reason for that?

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Dell Dimension 8300
Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.20 GHz
4 GB RAM
Nvidia Geforce FX5200


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#4
July 10, 2011 at 19:08:15
I just tried disabling clearing the pagefile at shutdown, but it still is slow. Thanks for your help so far. Do you have any other ideas?

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Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.20 GHz
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#5
July 10, 2011 at 19:19:29
Anything showing in the Event Viewer?

These two might be of interest:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308029

http://aumha.org/win5/a/shtdwnxp.php

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#6
July 10, 2011 at 19:26:33
Actually, there is A TON in the event viewer (nearly 900 under applications!). Security has 1,800 entries, system has nearly 2,500, internet explorer has none, and OAlerts has about 130. The earliest entries go back to the second week of June. Is something seriously wrong here?

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Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.20 GHz
4 GB RAM
Nvidia Geforce FX5200


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#7
July 10, 2011 at 19:47:58
✔ Best Answer
IE is always empty - I've long since forgotten the reason.

Right now you need to look for any errors that relate to shutting down - their times will help. They might give a clue about what things are hanging up.

As for the general bulk then it's a case of slowly wading through them sometime, concentrating on the most recent ones. Not all errors and events are serious and they can come and go.

Check out that second link I gave you - it has a lot of useful info.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#8
July 10, 2011 at 20:02:55
IT IS SOLVED!!!
Here is how:
1. Click Start, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Event Viewer
2. Switch to the Application Window.
3. Look for a warning issued by "EvntAgnt".
4. Double click it and look under the description. If it reads this:

"TraceLevel parameter not located in registry; Default trace level used is 32."

Then this applies to you. If not, then forget this.
5. Click Start, Run, regedit.exe
6. Under the Edit menu, click Find.
7. Type in "TraceLevel".
8. Now open "DefaultTraceLevel", and change the value to 32.
9. Restart and presto!

Thanks all for your help!

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Dell Dimension 8300
Intel Pentium 4 HT @ 3.20 GHz
4 GB RAM
Nvidia Geforce FX5200


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#9
July 11, 2011 at 06:33:30
Well done, thanks for the feedback and glad to have helped.


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