slow startup & shutdown

  genus 10:05 22 Aug 2009

I am running Windows xp Sp2 using AVG Anti Virus, SUPERAntispyware, Malwarebytes Anti mal ware. My browser is Firefox 3.5. Over the last couple of weeks, my pc has become very slow booting up and shutting down. When it is shutting down I sometimes notice a box saying ending task, which shows Net Broadcasting. Even when windows says it is shutting down, I can hear the hard drive continuously working for 30 - 40 seconds. I have been to the start menu and looked in Startup which shows only ATI Catalyst Stytem Tray and Exif Launcher.
If anybody has any ideas, please keep them very easy as I am not very computer literate.

Thank you

  howard64 10:59 22 Aug 2009

start - run - msconfig - right top tab startup - I take the tick out of almost everything except firewall and virus/malware progs. Apply and reboot then put a tick in the box to not be told everytime. I will come back with the registry edit to speed up shutdown.

  howard64 11:00 22 Aug 2009

Slow shutdown This may cure it. It will take about 8-10 seconds for Windows to close after the fix:
1- Start/Run and type Regedit
3- Click on “Control” [highlight]
4- Select “Wait to kill service timeout” [in right hand pane]
5- Right click and select “Modify”
6- Set to a lower value than 2000
7- A setting of 200 will be sufficient
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.

  ambra4 18:23 22 Aug 2009

Windows Faster Start Up

Changing the following setting in Windows XP Vista 7 Software will make windows start up faster

Right click on “My Computer / Computer” on the desktop “Properties”

Click “Advanded Tab” In the Perforance Section Click “Setting Button”

In the “ Visual Effects” Tab - Select “Adjust For Best Performance”

Click OK

In the Startup And Recovery Section Click “Setting Button”

Un-Tick “Time to Display List of Operation Systems”

Click Ok

  ambra4 18:24 22 Aug 2009

Windows Fast Shut Down

Editing these settings in the registry and changing them to a lower values, you can

considerably decrease the amount of time that Windows XP needs to successfully shut

itself down. To low a value can cause problems in Windows XP

Start - Run type “REGEDIT” and navigate to


Double click on “HungAppTimeout” and change the value to '1000'

Double click on “WaitToKillAppTimeout” and change the value to '1000'

Navigate to 'HKEY_USERS\DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop'

Double click on “HungAppTimeout” and change the value to '1000'

Double click on “WaitToKillAppTimeout” and change the value to '1000'

Navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\”

Double click on “WaitToKillServiceTimeout” and change the value to '1000'

This will speed up the time windows XP takes to shut down.

  genus 10:24 23 Aug 2009

thanks ambra4 & howard64 problem sorted

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