I'm running XP Pro and have a powerdown delay that's driving me nuts. When I shutdown (or restart), the system charges right through Windows shutdown--saves my settings and goes through "Windows is shutting down" at great speed, then hangs on the blue screen of death for nearly a minute before actually shutting the computer down. I've read a number of FAQs, tried a number of fixes (shutdown.exe, for example) but still my PC doesn't want to throw in the towel.
Ever since I have started using Norton Internet Security I have suffered from the same problem with shutdown and it has certainly slowed down my boot up. It appears to be something you have to live for security!
I am experiencing similar problems, my power down went from 55secs to over two minutes when I started playing around with the pagefile i.e I shifted it from my 2nd hard drive (f) back to the main drive (c).
It is back to 55secs after quite a bit of playing around with the page file.
I noticed that doing a defrag (using disckeeper lite) on the drives that the pagefile the it was split across the drive in two large sections.
I managed to get it back onto the f drive in one section and that reduced the power down by about one minute.
But my XP professional m/c still is taking 55secs to poer down