Posted 08 June 2005 - 05:02 AM
Sometimes the shutdown process gets locked up waiting for a program, which is no longer responding, to close. Try tapping the space-bar, the shift key or the return key when the system is slow to shut down.
Also press Ctl-Alt-Del and check the running processes - do an 'end task' on the more obscure ones to try to narrow down which task is failing to close. If you are shutting down you can end almost all of the tasks except explorer.
Troubleshooting shutdown problems can be a lengthy process and microsoft gives blow by blow guides for each operating system. Go to www.microsoft.com and search for shutdown Win ME.
BTW although it is best to let the scandisk complete when Windows boots, after pulling the plug, you can press 'x' to cancel the disk check and just boot.
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