Why Does My Machine Take Forever to Shut Down?

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Why does my machine take forever to shut down?

Click Start. Click Shut down.

Wait. Wait. And wait some more.

It’s not uncommon to complain about start-up time, or the speed of your computer while booting. As it turns out, the amount of time it takes to shut down is another source of occasional frustration. I mean, how long should it take to turn something off? Why can’t it just shut down now without pulling the plug?

As always, there are many possible reasons. I’ll review the most common.

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Why Won’t My Computer Return from Standby?

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Leo, I’ve got a constant frustration that when I wake my computer after a sleep period, sometimes it comes up fine, other times it cannot reestablish internet connections or just doesn’t come back up and I end up having to reboot. I’ve learned to shut down the internet before I sleep. That relieves some of the problems but I can’t figure out why at times it just doesn’t come up – a dark screen and no blinking light activity

You would think after all this time that standby would be a lot more reliable. Sadly, in many cases, it just isn’t. I’ll explain why that is, what I do, and what steps you might take.

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How Do I Shut Down Windows 8?

I was having a discussion with an acquaintance the other day and he mentioned that he knew someone who had a two-hour phone call with some form of tech support, trying to figure out how to shut down Windows 8.

Now, I get that it’s not obvious. I even get that it’s frustrating until you discover the magic.

But … two hours?

Because it’s not obvious, particularly to Windows 8 newcomers, let me quickly show you how.

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