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Win98SE on a network

By edbarber ·
Almost all of the computers on the network "hang" when the node (individual computer) shuts down. I must be getting old but I can't seem to come up with a reason why.

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by Lizzy In reply to Win98SE on a network

This is a known issue w\ Win98. Even after applying the MS shut down patch, some PC's will continue to have this problem. Your best way to work around this problem is to use the command line shutdown command. The next time you want to shut down, please do it this way instead:

Make sure that all programs are closed or shut down first.

Press \ Click the Start button

Choose Run

In the Open: dialog box (if it?s not there or in its arrow down menu) type:

c:\windows\rundll.exe user.exe,exitwindows

Choose the OK button.

Then it will shut down right away.

Add it as a shortcut to the user's desktop and put command in the command line dialog box. You can also add shortcut keys to it as ctrl+alt+s. Hope this helps!

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by Lizzy In reply to Win98SE on a network

You can also place a copy of the desktop shortcut on a shared directory on the server so that you won't have to re-type this all of the time and then it can be quickly copied to affected user desktops.

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by Ann777 In reply to Win98SE on a network

Is this a peer-to-peer network? If not, there's no reason that one computer shutting down should hang the others. Turn off master browsing if this is NOT a peer-to-peer network.

If this IS a P2P (peer-to-peer), then the computers have to browse each other for shares. One computer going down can, and will, momentarily affect the others.

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by D_V Ant In reply to Win98SE on a network

Take a look at these articles from Microsoft for tips on troubleshooting 98 shutdown problems.

Problems Shutting Down Windows 98 Second Edition (Q238096)

How to Troubleshoot Windows 98 Shutdown Problems (Q202633)

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by dcassat In reply to Win98SE on a network

I would add that you should use MSCONFIG on the Run line and remove startup items until you determine the one(s) that are causing the hang. This has worked on several occassions for me. You can then determine whether the offending program or driver is needed and update it if appropriate. Good Luck.

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by edbarber In reply to Win98SE on a network

Thanks to everyone who participated. We now have the problem under control. I used the following to fix the hang.
c:\windows\rundll.exe user.exe,exitwindows

Again my thanks

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