I've Tried XP Anti-Spy (Freeware) and enabled 'Fast Shutdown' option. But It didn't have any effect.
I tried the tips given in this website http://www.aumha.org.../a/shtdwnxp.htm .. Which was suggested by someone in this topic windowsXP: slow shutdown ..
This seems to be a good link.. But When I came to the 4th Suggestion there..
# Correspondent Graeme J.W. Smith reported a more obscure cause of slow shutdown: In Win XP Professional, the Group Policy Editor has a security option to clear the pagefile at system shutdown. The same setting also forces the hibernation file to be wiped at shutdown. These processes take long enough that users may think that shutdown has hung. To change the setting, click Start | Run, type GPEDIT.MSC, click OK. Drill down to Computer Configuration | Windows Settings | Security Settings | Local Policies | Security Options. In the right pane, find “Shutdown: Clear virtual memory pagefile.” NOTE: Since someone actually has to have set this policy, the problem will be pretty rare, but is worth mentioning. However, Forum participant “roadrunner” reported that the personal security app Privacy Eraser automatically enables “Clear virtual memory pagefile,” and, therefore, may be the cause of a slow shutdown.
I tried to try it out myself.. and ran GPEDIT.MSC and navigated to Computer Configuration | Windows Settings | Security Settings | Local Policies .. only to find this annoying pop-up
What is wrong then??