When Windows ME is shutting down, sometimes it closes OK, sometimes it's very slow and sometimes it just hangs and I have to power off to shut down.
The problem only started fairly recently and I suspect it is something cleared out by Adaware, Spybot or something similar. I've tried closing all running programmes before shut down but that doesn't seem to help. As it's intermittent it's hard to tell. The only thing I've noticed is the longer the computer is running before shut down the more likely it is to happen (but not always).
Is there any way of finding out what's causing this?
This may help. It should take about 8-10 seconds for Windows to close after the fix:
1- Start/Run and type Regedit 2- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CURRENT CONTROL SET/CONTROL 3- Click on “Control folder” 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
Normal setting is 2000 but can safely be reduced to 200 for a quick shutdown. In one or two systems that I've seen, including my own, an extra nought was added on to make it 20000. Not sure why this happens but when it does it leads to a very long shutdown time.
Woodchip, I've tried that and it's made no diference.
Jackcoms, I don't have a 'Control Folder' within HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CURRENT CONTROL SET/CONTROL. I've checked all folders and none contain that file. Should it definitely be there or is it under another name in Win ME?
Jackcoms I used your propsal for setting a lower value than 2000. Mine was set on 20000. When I just reduced it to 2000 on reboot the screen display was completely upset with vertical stripes pus blocks of colour. I did manage to find Regedit again and amend back to 20000 and all is now restored OK. Are you sure of your 2000 figure or less? If so why would my computer act as it did. I have an AMD 3500 64 chip.