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Why does my XP take forever to show the shutdown window?

Why does my XP take forever to show the shutdown window?

I use the Start > Shut Down command at the end of every workday, then pick Stand by. This way I don't have to open my laptop to hit the Sleep or Hibernate keys.

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Guest [Entry]

"I ran Sysinternals ProcMon once to see what a machine was doing that took it so long to think about shutting down. The answer: explorer.exe scanning the Recycle Bin. So in this case I was able to speed up the shutdown of this machine hugely, by simply emptying the Recycle Bin.

It also explains the reason why it's quick the second time round: because the relevant part of the file system has been cached."
Guest [Entry]

"Warning and disclaimer: do not do this if you don't know what you are doing!!!! If you mess something up because you did not follow my instructions, I cannot be held responsible for your actions - Do this at your own risk.

From any folder:
On the menu bar,

Click [Tools]
Select [Folder Options] (A dialog should pop up)
Select the [view] tab.
There should be a list below titled: Advanced Settings.

In this list, scroll down until you find the ""Hidden files and folders"" line.
Put a tick in the ""Show hidden files and folders"" radio button.
Also, scroll a few more lines to ""Hide Protected operating system files (Recommended)""
And un-check it if it is checked.
Hit Apply to save the changes.

Next, go to ""My Computer"" (from the Start Menu or Desktop).
Open the C drive (Or whatever the OS drive is) and look for folders with ""Recycle"" in them.
Open any that can be opened and select all the files and then hit delete (or right click and delete) everything in these folders. Should be something like ""recycler - s1-s2-3-2-1...blahblah.."" or something like that. Go ahead and delete each one individually. These are essentially just backups of the recycle bin.

Some files will not let you delete them, and others will. This is fine. We want to delete the ones that can be deleted because they are most likely the ones causing all the trouble. The ones that won't delete are ones in use by the system and are fine to leave because they hold the current recycle bin.

Do this for every logical drive in ""My Computer"" if you have more than a ""C"" drive.

Once you have completed the above, go to the ""real"" Recycle Bin on your desktop and empty it. You should see the files you deleted sitting in there. Once the bin is empty, you should be all set.

Make sure to go back to the folder options and change the settings back to where they were to hide the hidden and protected files or else you will see all the ugly system files in all your folders. If you delete any of them, you may cause damage to the system.

Enjoy your much faster shutdown!"
Guest [Entry]

"Windows will 'query' all applications (with windows open, some application use invisible windows) if it's OK to 'end the session', providing for a way to pop-up the 'save changes? yes no cancel' messagebox.

Which applications are you running, and could there be one that takes forever to ponder over the response of the 'query end session' message?"
Guest [Entry]

"What a pickle of a question.

I'm smelling a hard drive issue in the beginning. I would be inclined to run chkdsk /r from the command prompt - reboot, and then once the chkdsk is complete, run a defrag.

I'm willing to bet that the files used when Windows attempts to shut down are either on a faulty sector of the drive, or on a heavily fragmented part.

If you're pulling at straws, you could also run:

sfc /scannow - You may have a wonky system file somewhere.
CCleaner - temp files or bad registry keys could be part of the cause."
Guest [Entry]

I suggest you to download and install Microsoft User Profile Hive Cleanup Service I remember that it helped me in the past when applied to some computers that had similar problems.