My PC started taking ~30 seconds to shut down recently. This never happened before. I must add that it doesn't always happen. If I restart / shut down soon after turning the computer, it shuts down in under 5 seconds. But if I use it for several hours then it takes half a minute or so.
I can't think of many things I changed, but I remember installing a number of Windows updates and also new Catalyst 12.10 video card drivers.
Things I've tried:
- Checked the "ClearPageFileAtShutdown" setting, it's 0.
- Tried this tutorial and used the 2 second thing, no change.
- Enabled verbose startup, shutdown, logon, and logoff status Messages. This was pretty useless as when shutting down it cycles through "Stopping services" and other stuff faster than I can read, but then gets stuck on the "Shutting down" part, not very informative
There doesn't seem to be any hung apps because I get no prompt to end task (I got that a few times before, and it seems to happen way before it goes into the "Shutting down" message).
So what exactly is Windows 7 doing at the "Shutting down" part?