What steps can I take to speed up the shutdown of my Windows 7 workstation? I have tried setting to 0 the ClearPageFileAtShtudown registry setting with some improvement. Here is the rest of the information.

My Windows workstation is a laptop with 8GB RAM running Windows 7. The laptop hardware is a Thinkpad T520.

My workstation runs Visual Studio 2012, its programs, and developer edition of MS SQL Server well. My workstation also boots up in a reasonable amount of time.

However, my workstation takes a very long time to log out, let alone to shutdown.

Even shutting down SQL server components some minutes before logging out does not help. Logging out each night, seems to decrease log out/shutdown time.

Is there anything else I can do to speed up Windows shutting down?

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    What is running as it shuts down. There is some process or processes that is causing the performance issue. Is the desktop displayed? Could be an AV thing (I've seen some AV software check file integrity on shutdown like they sometimes do on startup). It could be a scheduled task that runs on shutdown/logoff. – STGdb Dec 31 '14 at 13:01
  • When I try to shutdown, Visual Studio and SQL Server services are already shutdown. The normal desktop services are running, but nothing special is running. – octopusgrabbus Dec 31 '14 at 13:14
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    In Control Panel > Performance Information and tools > Advanced Tools is there anything listed under "Performance issues"? If you log in in Safe Mode, does it logoff and shutdown as expected? If you log in as a new user does it logout and/or shutdown any quicker? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Dec 31 '14 at 13:21
  • No Performance Issues. – octopusgrabbus Dec 31 '14 at 13:26
  • Verify that your PC is not trying to clear the page file on shutdown. There's a local GP that can be set that will do that. – MDT Guy Dec 31 '14 at 13:48

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Verify that your PC is not trying to clear the page file on shutdown. There's a local GP that can be set that will do that. – MDT Guy

and these links helped.



I will also look at the other suggestions that were in the comments to improve performance.

  • you don't really ask a question, so I voted to close. Give me a shutdown trace if you have an issue, what you want currently want is speculations – magicandre1981 Jan 1 '15 at 7:34
  • @magicandre1981 and I reasked question in title with a little more info. – octopusgrabbus Jan 2 '15 at 15:09
  • it is still and will always be offtopic. You don't ask any real question. Slow shutdown can be a lot of things, which can only discovered via capturing a shutdown trace. – magicandre1981 Jan 2 '15 at 16:59
  • I asked what can be done. – octopusgrabbus Jan 2 '15 at 17:43
  • and I told you several times that this can be caused by a lot of issues (hanging service, buggy driver which causes DPC issues) which can be only DISCOVERED by doing a shutdown trace. – magicandre1981 Jan 3 '15 at 7:08

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