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Shutdown taking too long

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by babyface53, Feb 26, 2011.

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  1. babyface53

    babyface53 Thread Starter

    Nov 21, 2010
    Hi. My computer shutting Down has been staying on longer than it used to. Please let me know what I need to do to make it run faster again like when after I first bought it. Thanks, Janice
    P.S. I have a Dell Studio 1555 Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, and I am running Windows 7 Home Edition.
  2. zigzag3143


    May 31, 2009
    Hi Janice and welcome

    If it is only shutdown that has gotten longer it may be an application that was installed is staying open too long. You can test that by booting into safe mode (with networking). ON shutdown is it faster?

    If it is something installed is conflicting.

    If just as slow it maybe the things that have been installed since you go it have made it over all slow. If that is the case the easiest cure is a clean install (requires re-installation of all your apps and backup of data)

    Otherwise you can limit the things that start with the computer

    Can you tell us what the system specs are?

    Ken J
  3. DaveA

    DaveA Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 16, 1999
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    Is it shutting down or are you going into "Sleep" mode?
    Some Power buttons have been set to go into sleep, or hibernation, and all of your open data must be copied to the hard drive.
  4. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    What's the 7-character service tag number on the sticker of that Dell Studio 1555 laptop?

    Does it have Windows 7(32-bit) or Windows 7(64-bit)?

    How much RAM does it have?


    Let's see what's auto-loading and running in the background and if obvious problems need to be addressed.

    Go here and click the green icon to download and save HiJackThis 2.0.4.

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    Allow it to install in its default location - C:\Program Files.

    After it's been installed, start it and then click "Do a system scan and save a log file".

    When the scan is finished in less than 30 seconds, a log file will appear.

    Save that log file.

    Return here to your thread, then copy-and-paste the entire log file here.


    Let's see what's installed and what may need to be uninstalled, updated, or replaced.

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    It'll then open in Notepad.

    Return here to your thread, then copy-and-paste the entire file here.

  5. davehc

    davehc Retired Trusted Advisor

    Oct 4, 2006
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    You can "kill" any obstinate programs, but that may not be the solution.
    If you are familiar with editing the registry, try this (make a backup of the registry first!)

    Open Regedit.
    Navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control]

    On the right panel look for the "WaitToKillServiceTimeout" string and change its value by right clicking the string and selecting Modify...
    Default Value WaitToKillServiceTimeout=20000
    Modified value WaitToKillServiceTimeout=5000 or
    Modified value WaitToKillServiceTimeout=1000 (extreme, use it at your own risk)
    Or, the easy way, run the attached .reg, which will do the above job for you.

    Attached Files:

    • WTK.zip
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