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How do I speed shutdown of Windows7?

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Take the true IT approach, and check your EVENT LOG. Windows has a default timeout of 20 seconds on waiting for programs to close before forcing them.

Any program Windows forces to close will be in the event log. Once you find this program. Either close it manually before shutting down; don???t automatically run the program - just run it when you really need it; uninstall the program; or go to its support site and look for a fix/update.

If there is nothing in the event log, check the hard drive indicator on the computer during shutdown. If it is showing steady activity, then you need to replace your hard drive. Trust me- I???ve been doing this for a while and although you may not find error on the drive, it???s having problems. You can try running a defrag program, but in my experience, I???ve not found fragmentation to be the case with extremely slow shutdowns.