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Windows 7: Slow shutdown (2-3 minutes)

18 Mar 2012   #11

Windows 7 home premium x64

It would have speeded things up but personally I don't see a need for emptying the page file.
Good call with the regedit.:)

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19 Mar 2012   #12

W7 32 aqnd 64

I'm back!

I shut down last night and it seems that at a point in time sometime during the day something reset the clearpagefileatshutdown in the registry from 0 back to 1 giving me the 2 minute shutdown again!

Of course I can modify it again back to zero and then spend some time trying to figure out what is resetting it to a default value but before I do that I'd like to talk about virtual memory.

I can recall years back when windows introduced this feature and the reasons why (limits on RAM size). Now that (with the 64bit OS) that limitation is removed and in my case I have and can see 8GB, what programs want or need VM and do they really need 8GB? Next question, I have two HDD in my box, does this 8GB VM allocation apply to both of them i.e. is it a physical allocation per drive or a logical allocation to the HDD?

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19 Mar 2012   #13

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This article helped me to understand the whys and wherefores of page files / virtual memory in Windows 7.

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19 Mar 2012   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Performing a Clean Boot:

Click Start > Run > type msconfig in the searchbox
Click msconfig in the search results
Click the General tab, and click Selective Startup
Under Selective Startup uncheck Load Startup items
Click the Services tab, check the Hide all Microsoft Services box, and then click Disable All
Click OK, and when you are prompted, click Restart.

If the problem does not return while your computer is in clean boot mode, a background program is likely causing interference. You can try to determine which background program is causing the problem while the computer is in clean boot mode.

Enable half of the Services items:

In this step, you are trying to isolate which background service is causing the interference with the program. Start by turning half of the services on and turning half off.

Click Start > Run > type msconfig in the searchbox
Click msconfig in the search results
Click the Services tab, check the Hide all Microsoft Services box, and then click to select half of the check boxes in the Services list, leaving the other half unchecked.
Click OK, and when you are prompted, click Restart.

Hope problem is resolved.
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19 Mar 2012   #15
Microsoft MVP


It's better to disable all except AV in msconfig>Startup, then after reboots enter msconfig>Services, check the box to Hide all MS Services, then do the same again. Check back that nothing sneaks back into either list. You now have a clean boot for best performance.

You can find clues to the ongoing problem in the logs and System resources using these troubleshooting steps.

If these or the paging file inquiry doesn't solve your problem you can use the tool the Pro's use to trace with certainty the cause of the Shutdown hang: by Gathering a Startup, Shutdown, Sleep, Hibernate, or Reboot Trace. If you need help interpreting the trace our expert Cluberti can be PM'd to read the uploaded zip file.
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