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Windows 7: Track Slow Shutdown?

19 Feb 2017   #1
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 
Track Slow Shutdown?

Is there a simple way to track shut down progress? My system will shut down normally most of the time, but sometimes it takes ‘forever.’

Originally I thought it might be Outlook 07 tidying things up after closing, but I got into the habit of closing Outlook 15-20 minutes before shutting down. So that’s not it.

I also only very rarely get the message that Windows is waiting for a program to finish. And it never gives a name. So no clues there.

Most of the time there’s a delay, it just stays at Windows is shutting down before eventually turning off.

Any ideas?
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19 Feb 2017   #2
Callender

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

Not expert on this but try enabling Verbose Status Messages when shutting down.

Windows 7 Stuck on Shutting Down Screen

Then see which message displays for the longest time on shutdown.

Apply tweaks here incuding those in Option 2 Step 5

Shut Down -Speed Up

My current settings:

WaitToKillServiceTimeout 1500

WaitToKillAppTimeout 1000

AutoEndTasks 1

EDIT: Also worth a check:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management

Check the data value of the ClearPageFileAtShutdown value in registry. It should be 0 by default. I leave mine set at 1 and that can add anything up to a couple of minutes to shutdown time.
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19 Feb 2017   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I think that the answer can be found in this tutorial.
Gathering a Startup, Shutdown, Sleep, Hibernate, or Reboot Trace
May I suggest to you and other members most questions can be found by researching these great tutorials.
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19 Feb 2017   #4
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86
 
 

All those registry tweaks are great, but they take time to do them right, and even so, the untrained person can brick their computer if they make a mistake while editing the registry.

I put all the reg tweaks to enhance Windows, into one .reg script, so to fully tweak Windows all I have to do is run the one script.

MS, in their infinite wisdom loves to make what should be a simple shutdown, into a three stage process.
No wonder that so many people just hit the OFF switch, instead of going through the "Process".

Way back in Win-98 days, some great programmer came up with a Quick Shutdown Shortcut, that was able to shut down Windows in just a few seconds with just ONE mouse click, if the shutdown icon is in the Quick Launch toolbar.

Over the years, that Quick Shutdown shortcut has had to be revised, for the newer OS's. But it's still the same concept, running "Shutdown.exe" with a few switches to speed up the process.

I've been using this one on Win-7 for as long as it's been out, with never a problem. It also works just as well on Win-8.1 or Win-10.

%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 1

Just copy the above line and paste it into a desktop Shortcut and you've got a Quick Shutdown icon on your Desktop that can shut down a well oiled PC, in 5 to 10 seconds. This PC I'm on right now, will shut down in 5 sec's or less, when I use my Quick Shutdown shortcut.

Cheers Mates!
TechnoMage
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21 Feb 2017   #5
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Not expert on this but try enabling Verbose Status Messages when shutting down.

Windows 7 Stuck on Shutting Down Screen

Then see which message displays for the longest time on shutdown.

Apply tweaks here incuding those in Option 2 Step 5

Shut Down -Speed Up

My current settings:

WaitToKillServiceTimeout 1500

WaitToKillAppTimeout 1000

AutoEndTasks 1

EDIT: Also worth a check:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management

Check the data value of the ClearPageFileAtShutdown value in registry. It should be 0 by default. I leave mine set at 1 and that can add anything up to a couple of minutes to shutdown time.
Hi Callender. Thanks for the good tips and links I'll have to check them out a second, or third time to make sure they sink in
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21 Feb 2017   #6
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
I think that the answer can be found in this tutorial.
Gathering a Startup, Shutdown, Sleep, Hibernate, or Reboot Trace
May I suggest to you and other members most questions can be found by researching these great tutorials.
Thanks richc46. I'll check out your link.

On your 'search' tip, I'd like to mention in a very friendly way that at least 95% of all my 'posts' to various forums don't get posted at all. That's because I usually Google things first. There's lots of forums I don't need to join as the vast amount of the time, I find my answer on Google.

Sometimes I'll still post in a forum if I don't see an answer I like or feel I'll find a better answer in a 'specialized' forum, like this one.

The reverse is true, unfortunately: sadly, I have almost zero success rate when searching forums. Heck, I've often searched any particular forum for longer then I spent Googling and still didn't find an answer. I don't know why I don't have any luck in this area...

Did I search for this topic? No. I was in a separate thread, this question popped in my head, and fired off a new thread. And with my not-so-good luck searching forums, I probably wouldn't have, either. But it is good advise to do so.
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21 Feb 2017   #7
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TechnoMage2016 View Post
All those registry tweaks are great, but they take time to do them right, and even so, the untrained person can brick their computer if they make a mistake while editing the registry.

I put all the reg tweaks to enhance Windows, into one .reg script, so to fully tweak Windows all I have to do is run the one script.

MS, in their infinite wisdom loves to make what should be a simple shutdown, into a three stage process.
No wonder that so many people just hit the OFF switch, instead of going through the "Process".

Way back in Win-98 days, some great programmer came up with a Quick Shutdown Shortcut, that was able to shut down Windows in just a few seconds with just ONE mouse click, if the shutdown icon is in the Quick Launch toolbar.

Over the years, that Quick Shutdown shortcut has had to be revised, for the newer OS's. But it's still the same concept, running "Shutdown.exe" with a few switches to speed up the process.

I've been using this one on Win-7 for as long as it's been out, with never a problem. It also works just as well on Win-8.1 or Win-10.

%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 1

Just copy the above line and paste it into a desktop Shortcut and you've got a Quick Shutdown icon on your Desktop that can shut down a well oiled PC, in 5 to 10 seconds. This PC I'm on right now, will shut down in 5 sec's or less, when I use my Quick Shutdown shortcut.

Cheers Mates!
TechnoMage
Thanks for the tips and good read, TechnoMage2016. Yeah, I pretty much fall into the 'untrained person' category, LOL.
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