Shutdown of windows XP

  cardiffred 14:02 18 Aug 2009

Hi I have a problem with my PC I am currently running windows xp on my computer and for the last few weeks I have had a problem where if i go to shutdown in the start bar or restart it will not do it and the only way i can shutdown is by holding down the power button on the front of my computer. I hope some one can help me out here as i have updates i need to install and don't want to wreck my computer by shutting down the wrong way.

  Stuartli 14:05 18 Aug 2009

Are you talking about Microsoft (WindowsUpdates) updates?

If so quite often these updates are installed at Shut Down - if so you should get a message on the Shut Down/Hibernate/Standby panel that they will be installed and the machine will then be shut down as normal.

  DieSse 14:07 18 Aug 2009

"....they will be installed and the machine will then be shut down as normal."

Sometimes after quite a considerable delay if they're large updates.

  cardiffred 14:10 18 Aug 2009

Thanks Stuart but its any updates. To be honest though ut more of a problem that i can't shut down my computer the proper way.

  Clapton is God 14:43 18 Aug 2009

You may be suffering from a long shutdown problem. This may cure it:

1- Start/Run and type Regedit
3- Click on “Control”
4- Select “Wait to kill service timeout”
5- Right click and select “Modify”
6- Set to a lower value than 2000
7- A setting of 200 will be sufficient
8- Re-boot

Normal setting is 2000 but can safely be reduced to 200 for a quick shutdown. Sometimes in PCs, including my own, an extra nought is added on to make it 20000. Not sure why this happens but when it does it leads to a very long shutdown time.

  cardiffred 14:54 18 Aug 2009

thanks clapton is god i tried that but again to no avail :(

  Stuartli 15:13 18 Aug 2009

Have you tried using Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) to find out what processes or applications may still be running?

Also see:

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There are other similar possible solutions.

  cardiffred 17:09 18 Aug 2009

sorry stuart none of that seems to be working neither i can't understand it.

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