Hi. XP has become very slow to shut down since doing a reformat in December after everything went belly up for reasons unknown. For example, from 'Start' click on Shut down, follow the procedure through until there is a blue screen with a box saying 'Windows is shutting down', the box goes off leaving a plain blue screen, and that is it for up to 2 minutes or so before it switches off. The shortest time has been 1min 20secs., the longest has been 2mins 5secs. As time goes by, so the delay appears to be getting longer. Any ideas please? I suspect that it might mean doing something in the registry, which I am not very confident about, especially after what happened in December, and yes, I was mucking about there then.
I'd say mine is less than half a minute. You may have a lot of uneeded stuff starting up at bootup thus needing turning off at shutdown. I used to have a slow shutdown and found that my Antivirus s/w at the time(mcAfee) and direct cd was slowing everything down.