> removing the power cord is an adequate substitute.
Well, it is a substitute - and very effective! But I certainly would not
call it "an adequate substitute".
Something is obviously wrong inside your computer and pulling the plug is
NOT going to fix that. You need to diagnose the problem and find the fix.
If you can't - or don't want to - do that yourself, then find a reliable
local repair shop (or a friendly geek) to do it for you. The answer MIGHT
be very simple - or not. Since we can't even see your machine, you will
have to give us a LOT more information before we can help much. We don't
even know the make and model.
It has been a few years since I had to use it, but my starting point for
troubleshooting shutdown problems has always been: http://www.aumha.org/win5/a/shtdwnxp.htm
But that page apparently hasn't been updated since WinXP. Vista/Win7 users
seem to have such problems less often than users of prior Windows versions,
but a search for "vista shutdown problems" gets over 4 million hits in Bing,
and 3 million in Google, so there are plenty of places to try.
You said it happens "sometimes". If you post back, try to narrow that down
a bit. Is it only when a particular peripheral (printer, thumb drive,
network connection...?) is connected - or not connected? Is anything
running in the background? HOW do you give the shutdown command: Is it
always Start | Shutdown? Or push the computer's power button? Or close the
lid (we don't even know if this is a laptop computer)?
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8089.0726) in Win7 Ultimate x64
"j lunis" <jay.lunis@newsgroup> wrote in message
> This is a question I am confident has been asked and answered but I have
> been unable to find the answer - maybe because I don't know the right
> search terms.
> Vista Home Premium
> Sometimes when I try to shut down the PC - START-SHUTDOWN and either
> shutdown or restart - the shutdown can take, literally, 60-75 minutes and
> sometimes longer. Since I usually don't have that long to wait, removing
> the power cord is an adequate substitute. I am, however, not happy with
> How can I eliminate these eternal shutdowns?