My Windows XP SP3 machine recently started having this problem after I did a virus scan and cleaned up some viruses.
- I click Start > Shutdown.
- There is a full three minute delay.
- Finally, I get the "Shutdown, Restart, Cancel" dialog.
- After another full three minute delay the computer actually shuts down.
Step 4 is probably caused by something not shutting down when Windows tries to close it; I'm not worried about that yet and have seen countless mentions/solutions for it.
However, what would cause the issues in Steps 2/3?
What is Windows doing during step #2? I thought it would just immediately jump from #1 to #3 like it used to. Isn't it just an "ask the user what he wants to do" prompt, and the system hasn't really started to actually do/shutdown anything yet?