16 comments

  1. Lyndi

    I am not experiencing this problem. I must say however that I enjoyed reading how you implemented the process of elimination to solve the problem. Doing things this way is always the quickest way to find a solution. This was a good lesson for all of us.

  2. Transcontinental

    I’ve had similar XP shutdown problems resolved with a Microsoft application that installa as a service, “User Profile Hive Cleanup Service”.

    Quote:
    “UPHClean is a service that once and for all gets rid of problems with user
    profile not unloading.
    You are having profile unload problems if you experience slow logoff (with
    Saving Settings for most of the time while logging off), roaming profiles
    that do not reconcile, or the registry size limit is reached.”

    Never had any problem since.

  3. deano fabaza

    Everyone with XP should install UPHClean. I’ve not had a shutdown problem since(3 years). Vista has this feature built in. Don’t know why they did not add this to a XP service pack it’s that good. I don’t think it’s that specific. Install it anyway Rarst to reduce the chances of ever having to figure out whats causing a slow shutdown. It’s 1,080K Mem Usage and 732K VM Size on my system.

    Microsoft has created a tool, UPHCLEAN (User Profile Hive Cleanup Service), that allows the system to monitor applications that access the user registry hives, and determine if an application has left keys open at logoff. If this happens, UPHCLEAN will log the application name and the keys in question, release the keys in question and complete the logoff process. This will not only allow users to log off cleanly, but also allow the problem application to be flagged.

    UPHCLEAN has an option to only report the problem applications without forcing open handles to close. To do this, edit the registry and add two keys at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesUPHCleanParameters. The keys, both DWORD, should be named REPORT_ONLY and CALLSTACK_LOG, and set to a hex or decimal value of 1.

  4. paul martin

    uphclean solved my problem [ xp would freeze on saving your settings] thanks

  5. nanda kishore

    i faced this problem and solved after replacement of new smps.

  6. prit

    I am facing shut down problem with Windows XP Professional.It always show shutting down and never shut down untill i forceably shut it down.But interestingly when i connect an external hard drive with my computer and then after try to shut down, it shut down automatically.Kindly help me to get rid of this problem.

  7. Monte dahl

    I have a fairly new computer and a fresh install of windows XPsp2 I had problems with the shut down. I installed sp3 I still have a problem with shut down I alt del clear and no programs are running
    I tried to put the windows disk in to repair but did not work and had to re install the sp3 still to no avail. windows will not shut down I never tried drivers or experienced any problems with drivers. the only way to shut it down is to tern the computer off with the power button but this is hard in the c drive. Is there a way to fix this?

  8. joshua

    I have a problem in starting up and shutting down,when i start the PC after the boot window appear, it will produce a sound a loud beeping… What that’s beeping mean? And when i shutdown it will hang up, appearing “windows is shutting down”, How i can i solve it, please help me.It’s Windows XP
    i’m having have

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