Ask Dave Taylor: Tech and Business


Why does Windows shutdown, restart and boot take forever?

Dave, when I select to restart or shutdown my computer it takes approx 2 to 2.5 min for the window "Saving your settings" to close and then another 15 sec for the window " Windows is shutting down: to close. It also takes approx 2.5 to 3 min for the computer to boot and load. I have an HP Pavilion, WinXP SP2 w/all updates, Pentium 4 1.6Ghz, 1024Mb SDRAM, 80GB Hard Drive

I can't figure out why it takes so long for it to restart, shut down and start up. I have ran adaware, spybot search & destroy, cw shredder and avg anti-virus with no problems found. Any help or info will be greatly appreciated.

It is very difficult to answer this question without knowing what kind of software that you generally have running in the background. Windows XP, like other Windows systems before it, is a resource hog, and even systems with piles of RAM have difficulty getting it up to speed very quickly. According to Microsoft, Windows XP was designed to boot from off to a "usable state" within about 30 seconds. This is fine as long as you don't have anything running in the background. If you have various programs like...