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Can someone tell me why Windows XP will not shut down and what can I do to fix this?

I have a Acer Aspire 3100. Just formatted the hard drive. I have all my hardware and drivers installed and working fine. My only problem now is that Windows XP will not shut down. I shut the ystem down the proper way and nothing happens. The only way is to hold in on the power button.

Please help me
Thanks so much in advance for your help

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Hi Pelly and Welcome! to Geeks-to-Go.

If you find that you simply must hold down the power button to shutdown the computer, please use the "Last Known Good Configuration" option from the F8 screen for the very next boot.

Improper shutdown can result in corruption of XP's proper function.
"Last known Good..." returns the system to its prior (undamaged) state.

Shutdown issues can be widely various. Here is a link to a 'Shutdown Troubleshooting Guide':

One of the primary reasons for a severely long shutdown is having the system clear the page file at shutdown.
To check, open Regedit and navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management

In the right hand panel there may be an entry called "ClearPageFileAtShutdown"
If the value is '1' the page file is being cleared. If it is '0' (zero), it is not.

As a workaround to the entire situation, I suggest simply creating a new shortcut for shutdown.
Right click an open space of ther Desktop and select New> Shortcut.

In the box that says "Type the location...." paste this:
%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -s -f -t 00

If it works for you, add it to the Quick Launch bar to provide a one-click shutdown button.
(I used the red "off' icon for the shortcut.)

Let us know how it works, OK?
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