i have a computer with win xp home, ever since new it has always hung / frozen on shutdown. is there a way to force windows to shutdown even if it finds something it does not like and therefore freezes?
thanks for any help
ps i want it automated so i don't have to peform a task everytime i shut down
I get this problem on my laptop which runs XP home. One day it closes ok then does what you say. Try closing any program you have had running using the task manager then close down the computer. Sometimes the programs still run in the background when you think they are closed by you normally. I did read about a help file used by Nvidea stopping the computer shutting down but not everyone has that. Hope this helps a bit.
You can use the SHUTDOWN command either from START > RUN or from the command prompt. Shutdown -s for shutdown, Shutdown -r for restart, Shutdown -t xx(seconds) for shut down in XX seconds. Type SHUTDOWN at the command prompt for a list of options. As a last resort SHUTDOWN -s -f will force an immediate shutdown. You can also write a batch file to run whichever one you prefer.
Just before you shut down go into Task manager and see if there are any programs running under processes that should not.System Idle process should be about 96% and 3or4% the rest.Now sometimes if you have Microsoft up-dates set to automatic it will up-date your computer as you shut down,taking it longer than usual to close.Under applications if there is something running you could stop it from there and then shut down.