I have just become the proud owner of a second PC, old but working. There is a small problem, which I've had a long time ago but can't recall the cure. The screen comes up 'Windows is shuttingdown' but it doesn't, that stays there until such time as I switch it off. Then, of course, on starting up again I'm told Windows was not shutdown correctly so it has to do a scan. Incidentally, I've downloaded the patch from Microsoft which is supposed to cure this, hasn't done a bit of good. Help please.
Common Causes of Shutdown Problems Shutdown problems in Windows 98 Second Edition can be caused by any of the following issues: The Fast Shutdown registry key is enabled. There is a damaged Exit Windows sound file. A program or terminate-and-stay-resident (TSR) program may not close correctly. An incompatible, damaged, or conflicting device driver is loaded. There is an incompatible Advanced Power Management (APM) or Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) setting. There is an incompatible Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) configuration setting. The computer contains incorrectly configured or damaged hardware. There is a video adapter that is not assigned an IRQ in real mode.
I have been in the habit of running the Shutdown Patch (saved in a folder and accessed from the Desktop) every time I reboot as I find it becomes of no effect after a while. Do folks consider this is a good idea or not?