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Windows 7: extremely slow shutdown

02 Jul 2010   #11

Windows 7

There are several factors that affects your shutdown speed in Windows 7. A few I can think right now are:

1. The most common is if you still have a few programs open then it might take some time as the computer automatically shuts the programs down gradually.

2. Secondly if you have a long/custom windows logoff/shutdown sound then the computer wont shut down until it ends.

3. Thirdly some spyware, virus or malware might be running in the background without your knowledge and that might affect shutdown. I advise you to scan your computer once for malware, adware or spyware by using a checker. I have personally used SuperAntiSpyware free edition and it is not bad either.

4. Lastly as you mentioned you are connecting the external hard drive. So, the computer would also check the external drive like any of your other drives and this might also be extending the shutdown time.

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02 Jul 2010   #12


You might also depending on how much your writing to this drive, is to turn off write caching on that drive. In some cases information will not write immediately to the drive and then when you shut down/restart any info intended to be written to that drive is then written slowing the shutdown. You can disable write cache via disk management, right click on non os drives and turn off write caching.

Good Luck
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03 Jul 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

they are sometimes delayed by a clunked up drive
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11 Aug 2011   #14

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
interested in this problem too

I have a Lenovo X201 and an Intel SSD. Booting Windows 7 is blazingly fast - about 35 seconds! As is everything else on Windows 7 with the SSD. I'll never go back, but that is another thread.

What interests me is that shutting down Windows 7 with the SSD takes about 2 minutes 15 seconds, and that's with no applications started. This is not normal - I've seen virgin non-SSD PC's shut down in 30 seconds. So I'd expect my laptop to be able to shut down in under that with the SSD.

I've experimented with msconfig (as recommended above), turning off starting all non-microsoft services and startups, and the shut down goes to 2 minutes. The Microsoft performance tools (as recommended above) don't report anything out of the ordinary.

I do have boatloads of software on my laptop, so it's probably some driver. I've investigated the event logs around the shutdown but there is little information because the event logging service shuts down 7 seconds after the shutdown command and then nothing is reported. Is there a way to delay the event logger stopping on a shutdown?

An interesting facet of the behavior of the laptop during those 2 minutes of pause is that the disk activity light is pinned lit solid for those two minutes. My current theory is that there's some sort of commit loop going on for some fancy Windows journaling filesystem during that pause. The theory includes posing that during normal operation, the SSD is so fast that Windows file system goes into a logging mode, and gets behind the curve during that period and has to catch up. That theory would be somewhat consistent with the initial post on this thread, where someone observed that Windows 7 shutdowns, with external HD attached, were really slow.

Is there some knob on the file system to have it maintain tighter consistency during normal operation, so that shutdowns are faster? With the SSD, I have plenty of IO bandwidth to burn.
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28 Sep 2011   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Interesting aside.
I had the same shutdown problems with Win7 and the Seagate Expansion as everyone here. I used the drive to replace a smaller Maxtor that I used for Windows backup.
As soon as I did my first Windows backup to the new SE, shutdown became normal again.
My only thoughts are that even though the drive letter remained the same for both drives, Windows became confused and tried to communicate to the new drive with invalid settings, and not allowing the drive to become inactive.
All is well now.
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