Posted 30 July 2008 - 09:27 AM
Often XP's exit sound file gets corrupt and if it does not run then XP won't shut down. I am not sure based on what you have told us so far if this is the issue or not, but let's see:
Start > Control Panel > Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices > Sounds and Audio Devices > Sounds tab
Under Program Events scroll down until you see Exit Windows. Highlight Exit Windows by clicking on it once. Then under Sounds choose None. Click Apply and finally OK.
Reboot if possible, or shut down computer and restart manually. Once it is up and running, shut down computer by going to Start > Turn Off Computer. See if it will shut down on it's own now.
If it does, the only difference will be that you will not longer hear the 2 seconds of music that XP usually plays as it shuts down.
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