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Windows 7: Extremely long shutdown

20 Mar 2015   #21
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Thanks for the input.. But that's not it. This is a stock Dell XPS 8300 and my largest disk is 1TB and that is an external disk which is usually off.

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20 Mar 2015   #22

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Slow shutdown


You could try the tutorial here as a temporary fix including items listed in Option Two Step 5.

The other suggestion that seems to crop up is after initiating a shutdown - wait a bit then try to bring up task manager and see if it still lists running apps or processes that could be the problem.

Other than that it could be a software needs patching / driver needs updating issue but I'm not sure how to track that down.

Edit: Tutorial link that I forgot to include:

Shut Down -Speed Up
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20 Mar 2015   #23
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Nah, that won't work. When I click 'shutdown' the system disappeares and the "Shutting down" screen appears.
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21 Mar 2015   #24
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Just for S&G time a shut down from Safe Mode.
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21 Mar 2015   #25

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Get a list of processes?

Well here's some more thoughts. What about getting a list of running non critical processes then killing them before shutting down just to see if it results in a faster shutdown just for test purposes?

You could do that using UVK. I've tried it on my own machine.

Here's the idea:

Right click UVK desktop icon and choose "Run as administrator" then use the Process Manager. Select "Hide critical processes" and select "Kill all with same path" and then highlight the first process in the list and hold down "Ctrl+A" and a filter opens up.

Then choose "Kill all non critical processes"

Extremely long shutdown-processes.jpg

It will kill everything in the list and you'll most likely get an "Explorer has stopped responding" message. Ignore the option to restart Explorer and just shut down. Does it shut down any faster?

If so it does point to a software issue.

Then consider using the "Scan and create log" option.

Extremely long shutdown-scan-create-log.jpg

If you inspect the log take a look at Global Context Menus (Folder, File) and check for updates for any software that has installed a right click context menu entry (shell extension that integrates with explorer) and also check for any entries that can be removed.

In the same log check services for any additional service that doesn't need to be running. Same goes for drivers.

It's possible that you will spot enrties in the log for software that you have uninstalled. It's possible to write a script to delete those if needed.

UVK - Ultra Virus Killer - Beta version not recommended.

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