How to fix slow computer shutdown
Computers have dozens of programs and processes that need to close when they get the signal to shut down. After a few months or years of use, the system can get bogged down and shutdown can go from a few seconds to several minutes. If your computer is taking longer and longer to turn off, try these tips and tricks to speed up the process.
If the computer suddenly slows after installing another program or driver, you can either uninstall the program using Add/Remove programs or run a System Restore to roll the computer back to an earlier time before the problem started. To run System Restore, go to Start and choose All Programs. Click on Accessories and in System Tools, choose System Restore.
When the computer starts up, many programs start and run in the background. A good way to speed up both start and shutdown processes is to control these background programs.
Over time, files get spread out through the computer instead of being all in one, easily accessible place. By defragmenting the computer, you put all of the files back together which can significantly speed up shutdown.
Clear Page File
Clear Page File is a safety feature that keeps sensitive information out of the hands of unauthorized people on your computer. It can take a lot of time to shut down and clear the page file, so altering that can speed up the computer. This process involves the registry and doing the wrong thing here can damage your system. Make sure everything is backed up and set a System Restore so that you can go back in time should there be an error.
Using a third party registry cleaner can also speed up both start and shutdown. There are many programs available for download and many sites that review this type of software that can clean out the registry of unwanted items and streamline your computer. In any case, a periodic registry clean is a good idea for any system.
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