Free 'Process Explorer' helps end shutdown woes
That's the start of the lead item in my just-out weekly Q&A column in Windows Secrets. the rest of the item goes on to explain likely causes and solutions. The other items in my column:
By Fred Langa A free tool from Microsoft's Sysinternals can show you exactly what's preventing smooth system shutdowns. Process Explorer works on XP, Vista, and Windows 7 and is available in either a self-contained or a live, Web-based version.
Fixing a slow or hung Windows shutdown Reader Jim Swearingen reports on another glitch that can hinder smooth shutdowns. He's using an XP system, but the diagnosis and solution can apply to any Windows version.
- "Fred's Feb. 3 item, 'User Profile Hive Cleanup speeds XP shutdowns,' was good, but it didn't address the specific problem I'm having. "My shutdown (or reboot) lingers only a second or two at the 'Saving your settings …' screen but hangs at the 'Windows is shutting down …' screen. "Sometimes shutdown (or reboot) continues to completion, but at least 50% of the time it's necessary to force a manual shutdown or reboot. Adding the -f parameter to my shutdown command (shutdown -s -t 0) has made no difference. "My OS (XP Pro SP3) is completely up-to-date, the Registry is clean, and the hard-drive partitions are defragged on a continuing basis."
- More about problem laptop batteries
- Recovering attachments from lost e-mails
- "Security Shield" scareware digs in, won't go
Full issue rundown, with links: Free content posted on Feb. 24, 2011:
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By Woody Leonhard
What you need to know about Windows 7 SP1
Service Pack 1's most significant improvements
Odd circumstances leading to SP1's release
By Kathleen Atkins
Didn't work, but it sure should have
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By Revia Romberg
Strolling up the world's scariest path
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