Windows 7 slow to shutdown and startup

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by passion4tech, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. passion4tech

    passion4tech MDL Novice

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    My computer has regressed over time in performance. Maybe it's because I have installed a lot of programs I'm not sure but the os is slow to shut down. I get message Waiting for background programs to close and it was explorer.exe. As matter fact explorer.exe is really causing issues in os. Crashing frequently, hogging resources, its frustrating! What is wrong with the os? I know Windows 7 is not perfect os but is this normal?
     
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  2. passion4tech

    passion4tech MDL Novice

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    Regressed is not right word sorry. Actually windows 7 performs reasonably well it's just when it starts up or shutdowns it takes more time now then ever before. I guess it's normal when I first installed the os it started up and shutdown in no time.
     
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  3. Crime[Scene]

    Crime[Scene] MDL Novice

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    "sfc /scannow" from elevated command prompt to verify system files.

    How many apps. in the system tray? (I know on shutdown my torrent client takes a bit).
     
  4. kaljukass

    kaljukass MDL Addicted

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    Do not forget this a little thing - namely, the default is set to

    • The waiting time for processes to end - 15 sec
    • The waiting time for serviceses to stop - 15 sec
    • Recommended is about 5 seconds, not more. Sometimes even have been recommended no more than 3 seconds.
    Also

    • Disable Updating Group Policy During Startup
    • Windows logging to system crash
    • Cancel Disk Check when Windows starts, You can do it manually or set to delayed start
     
  5. passion4tech

    passion4tech MDL Novice

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    Good News everyone. I found out the culprit that was slowing down the os. It was this strange file called sqlwriter.exe. It was located in roaming app data folder and I deleted it. Since I deleted the file the os is noticeably faster. It did not appear to be a virus, it was some file from Microsoft that somehow got on my computer perhaps through windows update I guess. Glad I solved issue :)
     
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  6. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    It allows for backup and restore applications to operate in the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) framework. Hopefully you won't need that.
     
  7. compstuff

    compstuff MDL Senior Member

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    Nice tip...

    I found the WaitToKillServiceTimeout reg entry but what is the other one?

     
  8. SOGLAD-5

    SOGLAD-5 MDL Novice

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    #8 SOGLAD-5, Oct 26, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2016
    INTERESTING POST ~ Thank you!

    I too found your post very interesting too ~ I thank you!

    In my Win7 64 Registry I found:

    WaitToKillAppTimeout
    (and)
    WaitToKillServiceTimeout

    I reset both to 1000 from 3000 to see how this goes...

    I'm going to follow your other recommendations next. Of course a 'clean' registry helps too.. CCLEANER works OK but still not 100%. HiJackThis still reports 'missing files' BUT some sites recommend that one should NOT try to purge those missing Registry entries!?

    Even a 100% new and "fresh" install shows Registry 'errors'. I am tempted to remove them, but I'll leave them be for now. With "full access" to my hard drive, I've hunted for those "exe" files (and sometime DLLs in the past) and sure enough ~ I can't find them either?

    Seems to me that total "booting time" will be extended as the OS hunts for them (but even after 10 years with computers ~ I still consider myself a rookie).

    My install is just 4 days old, but already 14 Registry errors appear! WHAT's THIS?! "WatAdminSvc" is Missing?? Imagine that? (Har-har)

    I thank you again!

    I remain,
    SOGLAD-5

    Edit:
    I forgot to mention "random System slowing"... many times your System is in the process of downloading/installing updates... Reboots often takes longer as your System installs the updates.