Saturday, January 22, 2011

Very Slow Computer Shutdown

Very slow computer shutdown But, it can be easily rectified with just a few easy steps. There are literally dozens of programs and processes that need to close before Windows can finalize it major shutdown operations.

1: When you start your computer many unnecessary processes are loaded. You can eliminate this by managing your msconfig.

1. Open your Start menu.
2. Click Run
3. Type "msconfig.exe"
4. In the system configuration utility, click either service or startup tab.
5. Uncheck all programs that you are no longer want to run in the background.
6. Click OK

2: Clean your Registry-- Usually slow computer shutdown often occurs due to a corrupted registry. You should perform a scan of your Registry. If you receive more than errors, this is the reason why you have slowdown.

3: Defrag your Computer--The faster your computer can find files the quicker it can shutdown. A very slow computer shutdown can be the result of your hard drive trying to search for disorganized and fragmented files that it needs for shutdown . Organize your hard drive by performing a defragmentation.

1. Open the Start Menu
2. Go to System tools
3. Click the Disk Defragmenter
4. Select the (C:) drive
5. Click the Defragment option.

4: Paging File Settings-- The paging file (Pagefile.sys) is a hidden file on your computer's hard disk that Windows XP uses as if it were random access memory (RAM). Therefore this file can be huge. On shutdown it must be cleared. This can cause very slow computer shutdown. We can avoid this by instructing our computer to not close this file during shutdown. Warning this a dangerous tip because you to edit your manually registry. This can cause serious damage.

1. Click Start
2. Click Run
3. Type regedit.exe
4. Find the folder: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->System->CurrentControlSet->Control->Session Manager->Memory Management
5. At this point you will see a list of files, Double click on Clear Page File At Shutdown
6. Change the value of the paging file to "0"

1 comment:

  1. I also recommend a diskcleanup frequently prior to the defrag. A drive filled with junk and fragmented is a recipe for slowdowns. I also defrag my MFT and Paging Files (I use an automatic third party tool which is faster and more thorough) than the windows defragger)to prevent slowdowns.