I've searched about slow shutdowns on WInXP and changed the registry values and the auto shutdown bit, but it's made no difference. Is there anyway I can find out which program (assuming it one) is slowing my shutdown and log off. It can take upto 20mins before the whole process finishes, other times it shutsdown normally.
cdb, have a look in event viewer(control panel > performance and maintenance > administrative tools > event viewer > Application)and see if there are any yellow warning triangles with the event ID 1517 or 1524.
If there are either of the above warnings shown in event viewer, you could download and try this from Microsoft click here
It's a service to help with slow log off and unreconciled profile problems.
Sorry this doesn't answer your original query, but it may be the cure.
CHeers for the replys: Woodchip, I've checked msconfig and have unchecked 2 more things. Dagwoood, I've downloaded and installed that, it seems to be on the right lines. Fruitbat, I couldn't find it set to this, but being an intermittent problem I don't think it will be this. Technotiger, I've checked that one before, I have all the ms patches but don't seem to have gpedit and services on my pc. Cheers so far guys.