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I have a PC running Windows XP Pro with service pack 1 that seems to take an inordinate amount of time to simply shut down and power off, sometimes up to five minutes. I believe this began after installing .the .NET framework 1.1 but I am not 100% sure. What can I do? Other than this, the machine runs fine.
Check task manager and the event logs to see if a specific process is hanging. Or you can go through the list of running processes and kill the .NET framework thread manually before shutting down. If you workstation shuts down immediately, you found your culprit. If not, apply the same methodology to the other process until you find the culprit.