20 Aug 2012

How to Fix Windows 7 Slow Shutdown Problem

Windows 7 shutdown process can slow for various reasons. It can happen due to hardware or software problem. Certain programs and services are required to be run at all times. However, if you open unnecessary programs, these may make your system slow. Malware or virus can also make your machine and system slow(see:Reasons Why Windows 7 Performs Slow). Follow the given steps to speed up the shutdown process.

Step1: Make sure that you are always running anti-virus software so that you can greatly reduce the chances of being attacked by malware that can clog up your system and make shutdown and startup slower. You should also check if Windows 7 is trying to run a virus scan when shutting down. This can create problems and make your computer much slower to shut down. Try to uninstall virus scanners to see whether or not this fixes the issue.

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Step2:  Another thing which can prevent your computer from shutting down is pop-ups. Sometimes pop-ups create problem and tell you that your computer simply isn't able to turn off. To resolve this issue, follow the given points.
  • Click Start-> type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
    How to Fix Windows 7 Slow Shutdown Problem
  • Now navigate to Computer Configurations > Administrative Templates > System > Shutdown Options.
  • Now, you will be able to see Turn off automatic termination of applications that block or cancel shutdown option in the main window. Double click it and a dialogue box will be loaded, here you can set the behaviors for this option, choose Enable and click Apply.

Step3: Make sure that your computer’s hard drive is not fragmented. Defragmenting your hard drive will ensure that it can work properly and shut down quickly. Open the Disk Defragmenter and run defragment the drive. This will speed up your PC and make it much quicker to work. You can do it on a regular basis to ensure a speedy shutdown.

Step4: You can also try speeding up the shutdown process by editing the registry.
  • Click Start, type ‘regedit’ in Search bar and press Enter. 
  • Find the key which is labeled HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and click System, CurrentControlSet and choose Control. 
  • Double click on the WaitToKillServiceTimeout key. Change the value to a lower number to speed up shutdown.

Step5: Clean boot sector.
  • Click Start Orb > type msconfig in the search box. 
  • 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.

Step6: To solve your registry problem, you can use a registry scanner to search for the threats.

See also: How to Fix Windows 7 Error
                How to Manually Uninstall Microsoft Updates in Windows 7

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