Even though they are often overlooked, shut-down problems are one of the most common computer snags that people experience. Many people will shut-down their computer only to have it stall or reboot without their request. You don’t simply turn off a computer in an instant; all the programs that load on start-up need to be closed systematically before the computer can fully shutdown. All the separate pieces of software which make up the computer’s operating system need to be shut down individually before the computer can turn off. This process takes longer than people generally think can contribute to the problem of slow shut down times.
Common Causes of Extended Shut Down Times
Busy System – If you have a lot of different software programs running all at the same time, you may find that each program will need to stop its process one by one before the computer is unable to shut down completely. Check the programs that are running in the background so that you can easily see if there is a new program you have installed that may be the problem.
Incompatible Hardware – If one of the devices you have attaches to your PC is incompatible with the others then this can cause the computer to run at a slower speed and can also cause it to stall more frequently on shut down. Generally, this type of problem can be solved by updating the software that accompanies the hardware.
The Problem with Rebooting
One of the major problems with shutting down your computer is that it will reboot instead of shut down. This is a default procedure for Windows when it locates a critical error on shut down. By going to the advanced tab in the properties section of ‘My Computer’ you can go to the settings button under start up and recovery to uncheck the automatic restart button. This will prevent the computer from starting up again instead of shutting down.
How to Speed Up The Shut Down Time
Once you have found the cause of the problem then usually it is quite simple to speed up your shutdown time. By simply removing the problem program or file you should be able to eliminate the whole problem. You can also make sure that you have all the software up to date and that you have removed any unnecessary programs that are slowing the system down. Reinstalling new software may also help with the problem if it was incorrectly installed in the first place then this may be one of the contributing factors. By going to the task manager you can see all the processes that are working on your computer which you may be able to close down if they are not being used. By clearing up some of this space the shutdown process should work more smoothly.
By spring cleaning your computer regularly and checking which processes and systems are being used and what software can be updated, you should be able to keep your computer running at its optimal speed and prevent any of the problems which can contribute to a slower shutdown time.