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Before shutting down your system click on any programs still running and shut them down. This will cut the time for normal shut down to take place.
You could also run a hard drive diagnostic to see if it has any errors. There might be some if you don't let the computer shut down itself. Restarting can also cause the programs to become corrupt, if they didn't shut down right. Running a defrag on the drive will also help it shut down quicker.
Look on the net also for information on getting your PC to shut down quicker.
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In XP click the start menu box in the bottom left of the screen then click shut down. In vista click the windows globe at the bottom left, hover the mouse over the sideways pointing arrow in the bottom right of the pop up box then select shut down in the box that opens. In Windows seven click the windows globe in the bottom left then select shut down from bottom right corner of the list.
Try this: Go to Control Panel-Display-Screen Saver-Power-Advanced tab and make sure that after the statement "When I press the power button on my computer" choose Shut down. Then turn off your pc with the power button (if it does not work unplug it, then try the button after Windows complete it's boot-up. Let me know how it went.
There is a program that is failing to shut down in general, which is delaying the computers ability to shut down.
The next time you shut down, make sure you have no programs open. Then, while attempting to shut down, wait until Windows pops up window asking you to close a non-responsive program. When it does, take note of the program that it mentions, then close it and see if Windows shuts down. Note: sometimes this takes a really long time.
Try re-installing the non-responsive program and see if your computer can shut down normally again.
Is it possible that you have changed the settings of what buttons do what on your system? E.g. you could have changed the power button to "switch user" instead of "shut down", to check this (in XP) go to "Power Options" (in Control Panel" and then click on the "Advanced tab" at the top, then select "Shut down" from the drop down menu at the bottom of the window.
If this is already set to shut down then maybe you could do a system restore in case another setting has been changed, restore it to before the PC started doing this.
Alternatively try actually choosing "Turn off Computer" from the Log On screen (press Ctrl + L to get to this screen, or choose switch user/log off). If you are using Vista I beleive that there is a shut-down option from the Log In Page there (which again you can access by pressing Ctrl + L on the keyboard.
You have to click the Start button and choose "Shut Down " and click the mouse on that. If that does not work, try pressing Ctrl + Alt+ delete simultaneously. What they call the task manager will come up. choose Shut down and click on it. It should shut down