I'm not sure if this is a programming question exactly, but it does affect my work quite a bit. I have a project I'm working on where a program has to perform certain tasks on startup. The project itself is no problem, but testing it is. Windows XP and Vista is taking a long time to shutdown.
When Windows tries to shut down the hard drive sometimes seems to thrash constantly. It can take from 1 to 3 minutes with the windows screen sitting there saying "Shutting down please wait." There is no indication of what is happening and I can't seem to monitor the process because any programs I try to leave running get terminated. Restarts seem to go bit faster.
I've disabled automatic windows updates so that's the problem. I've also ran anti-virus and anti-spyware programs and the system appears to be clean. I generally have a few browser windows open, putty, python and visual studio.
- Why does Windows XP/Vista take so long to shutdown sometimes but not all the time?
- What exactly happens during the shutdown process?
- Is there anything I can do to speed up the shutdown process?