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Windows 7: Shutdown Issue


05 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Shutdown Issue

Whenever I'm finished with my computer for the day, I shutdown my PC. But recently a strange thing has been happening when I shutdown the system. It flickers between the shutdown screen and desktop screen then flickers more with the desktop screen being replaced with the "These processes are preventing Windows from Shutting Down" screen.
Any reason why this is happening? It's starting to worry me.


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05 Apr 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Those warnings should quickly timeout unless something is still open that could cost you lost work like Office, which will not timeout. To avoid them close all open programs.

Is the flickering screen something new or is it the flickering which accompanies the warnings?
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05 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

I do close all open programs before shutting down, the flickering started happening around a week ago, when it shuts down and the flickering occurs, I try to see what is on the "These programs are preventing Windows from Shutting Down" screen as it flickers, but I see nothing listed.
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06 Apr 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Run SFC -SCANNOW Command

Check the logs to see if anything is revealed at time of hang, and run through these other troubleshooting steps
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06 Apr 2011   #5

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

A program has probably changed a registry setting that is causing your hard drive to "thrash" on shutdown.

Code:
Start] [Run] [Regedit] Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management Modify/Create the Value Data Type(s) and Value Name(s) as detailed below. Data Type: REG_DWORD [Dword Value] // Value Name: ClearPageFileAtShutdown Setting for Value Data: [0 = Clear Page File Disabled / 1 = Clear Page File Enabled] Exit Registry and Reboot
Also, you can make the system shut down faster with these tweaks;


Fast Shutdown Faster Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows Vista My Digital Life

As always, registry tweaks must be made with all due care.

Regards....Mike Connor
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06 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

@GregRocker::
SFC /Scannow didn't find anything.

@Mike Connor::
Are you telling me to modify a registry file?


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06 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PwnFrnzy View Post
@GregRocker::
SFC /Scannow didn't find anything.

@Mike Connor::
Are you telling me to modify a registry file?
Yes that is what he is saying.
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06 Apr 2011   #8

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by PwnFrnzy View Post
@GregRocker::
SFC /Scannow didn't find anything.

@Mike Connor::
Are you telling me to modify a registry file?
Yes, but it seems that the formatting didn't work in my post. I have searched around for the tweak and found it here;

Very slow shutdown

This is what the key looks like;



With the value of ClearPageFileAtShutdown set to 0

Regards....Mike Connor
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06 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

If I may ask though, what is the reason for the OS to clear the page file during shutdown?
Is not clearing the pagefile bad for the OS?
And looking at the picture, would it be safe to change "DisablePagingExecutive" from 1 to 0 on my machine?


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06 Apr 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

I'd hold off on any registry edits until more troubleshooting is done.

Can you System Restore to a point you know is before the problem began? System Restore

What changes were made to your system about the time it began?

Update your Display driver to latest. Enable hardware auto-updating then check optional Windows Updates: Automatically get recommended drivers and updates for your hardware, next check the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer and display adapter.

Can you get a video snip with your phone, etc. of the flickering you describe?
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