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When I shut down linux, for example, it takes a couple seconds. All it does is shut down running services, maybe write a couple log files etc... On my windows 7 box however it takes about 1 minute to shut down and the hdd i/o light is completely lit.

Is windows 7 writing a lot of log files or is something else going on when I shut down? Also, does this happen for linux based oses?

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It's not a problem with Windows 7. It's a problem with how you've maintained your PC. Mine takes around 5 seconds to shut down (Windows 7 64-bit).

Open Task Manager and see what services and processes are running. I bet if you use MSTSC to disable the bulk of your unnecessary background tasks, you'll see a massive performance increase.

I only have my antivirus (Microsoft Security Essentials), and F.lux (automatically sets screen brightness levels depending on time of day) run when my PC starts- no need for anything else. The majority of people only need antivirus to run on system start.

If you've got a bloated antivirus program (Norton/AVG etc.) that will add a few seconds to shutdown.

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I do have a lot of services running. Why do these write to the disk upon shut down though? –  agz Jun 9 '13 at 18:57
    
Depends on the program, but in general they need time to gracefully close first (i.e. write data from memory to disk to preserve their state). –  Austin ''Danger'' Powers Jun 15 '13 at 7:04

In my experience, it also takes a bit longer to log off and subsequently shut down if your computer is connected to a domain network.

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In particular, it will synchronize your roaming profile with the PDC, so if you have a huge amount of data in \Users\username\AppData\Roaming, it can take a really long time. –  Aya Jun 9 '13 at 16:39
    
Yes- this should only be an issue when roaming profiles are used. Domain PCs which are not using roaming profiles should be just as fast to log off/shut down as non-domain PCs (and are, in my experience). –  Austin ''Danger'' Powers Jun 23 '13 at 12:19

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