Contact us today!

Network Solutions Unlimited Blog

Tip of the Week: Why Shutting Down a Computer Takes So Long

Tip of the Week: Why Shutting Down a Computer Takes So Long

There’s a considerable difference between turning off some appliance, like a television or a vacuum cleaner, and turning off your computer. Why does the computer take so long to power down, and is there any way to speed up the process? This tip will explore these subjects, and give you a few ideas as to how to speed up the shutdown process.

Why is Shutdown So Slow?
To fully appreciate why it takes such a relatively long time for a computer to shut down, it helps to examine the process as a whole. Any computer relies on a wide variety of moving parts, so to speak, and there is a level of organization to the shutdown process that protects these many components. A full shutdown allows the RAM to empty itself, the hard drive to wipe its virtual memory, remove all caches and close out all active applications, and finally deactivate the operating system.

If your computer is forced to shut down without the opportunity to go through these processes, or in the middle of some important task, you could easily experience file corruption and errors when you try to start it back up again.

The Steps of a Proper Shutdown
We briefly touched upon the shutdown process above, but it helps to see the complete list of steps (while remembering that, although it isn’t an instantaneous shut down process, it does go pretty fast) to appreciate the lengths that programmers and developers have gone to ensure your computer is protected.

First, upon activation of the shutdown process, any applications that are opened are checked to ensure that their data has been saved. If not, the process is interrupted until the user instructs the computer what to do. The computer then allows all services and programs to shut down and confirm that they have closed, before removing the no-longer-needed program data. Then a log is made of anything unusual for the user to reference if the next startup doesn’t go smoothly, and all users are logged out of the system. Then, the user-level operating system is deactivated, any pending updates are installed, and the machine is finally turned off completely.

Speeding Up Shutdown
Of course, there are a few ways to assist this process in going faster, although most are fairly complex and should only be attempted by an IT professional. One simpler way is to make sure that your programs are all closed out before you begin shutdown, as this streamlines a few of the computer’s initial shutdown procedures. It can also help to not shut down your workstation all the time, but to instead restart it. This helps the computer cleanse itself of extra, unnecessary memory, increasing its speed overall.

For more tips, tricks, and best practices, make sure you make a point of coming back to the Network Solutions Unlimited blog!

4 Internal Threats Every Business Owner Should Und...
Amazon’s Alexa Is Entering the Workplace


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Saturday, October 20 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!


Tag Cloud

Safety End of Support Ransomware Transportation Remote Monitoring Mobility Information Technology Cybersecurity Wireless Internet Wasting Time Private Cloud Internet of Things Video Games Users Health Gadgets Commerce Telephone Managed IT Services Techology Customer Application Politics Communication Information Wireless Technology Nanotechnology Cast Hosted Solutions Productivity Streaming Media Identity Internet Exlporer Cloud USB Smartphones PowerPoint Meetings Data Breach Google Drive Spam Blocking Touchscreen Scalability Android VPN Google Maps Hard Drive Identities Router CrashOverride Cortana Wi-Fi Emails Keyboard Technology Unified Threat Management IT budget File Sharing Upgrade VoIP Settings Patch Management Data Protection Entertainment Alexa for Business Virtual Assistant Password Best Practices Electronic Medical Records Reputation Browser Computer Accessories Cloud Computing How to Remote Computing Devices Gmail Business Continuity Email Data Security Monitoring Content Managed IT Services Workplace Tips Vendor Downtime Malware Microsoft Word Mobile Security Office Tips Project Management WiFi Windows 7 Outlook Virus Mobile Device Management Black Market Compliance Memory Administration Personal Information Work/Life Balance Professional Services WIndows Server 2008 Experience Innovation Legal Public Computer Spyware HaaS Upgrades Data Backup Travel IT Support Google Workers Assessment Software Wireless Congratulations Edge Worker Commute Phone System Dark Web Regulation History NFL Touchpad Google Assistant Benefits Firewall Miscellaneous Legislation Twitter IoT Social Media Display Law Enforcement Business Owner Consultant Bring Your Own Device Sports Thank You Connectivity HIPAA intranet Collaboration Printers Sales Antivirus Hiring/Firing Save Money Proactive User Tips Value Data Conferencing Saving Money iOS Cache Content Filtering Word IT Support Hosted Solution Shadow IT Tip of the Week Colocation Mobile Devices Two Factor Authentication Laptop Going Green Networking Printing Windows 10 Data Privacy Public Cloud Network Privacy Financial Technology Co-Managed Services Money Camera Monitors Excel Testing Scam Employer-Employee Relationship Data storage Search Virtual Reality Hybrid Cloud Lifestyle Charger Risk Management Maintenance Phishing Computer Apple Data Storage Evernote Internet Windows Computers Avoiding Downtime Managing Stress Smartphone Internet exploMicrosoft Wasting Money Wireless Charging Credit Cards Holiday IT Management BDR BYOD App store Webinar Troubleshooting Vulnerability Peripheral Government Rootkit Company Culture Social Engineering Mobile Managed IT Shortcut Mobile Device Microsoft Office Instant Messaging Proactive IT IT solutions Business Technology Loyalty Recovery Google Docs Virtualization Accessory Disaster Recovery Specifications Gamification Advertising Outsourced IT Bluetooth Redundancy Education Windows 10s Smart Tech IT Services Document Management Business Management User Error Flexibility Hyperlink Microsoft Excel WPA3 Tech Term Business Computing Storage Encryption Updates Gifts Training Hard Disk Drive Amazon Software as a Service Windows 10 WannaCry Chromecast Tablets Fraud Business Telephone Systems Artificial Intelligence Efficiency Hackers The Internet of Things Quick Tips Vendor Management Automobile Security Small Business Data Theft hacker Root Cause Analysis Retail Robot Identity Theft Automation Humor Computing Infrastructure Hacking Data Management Worker Solid State Drive Ciminal Network Security Facebook Smart Technology Office Audiobook Hardware Employer Employee Relationship SaaS Computer Forensics Adobe Alert HBO Operating System Tech Support Unsupported Software OneNote Files Chromebook Relocation Content Filter Audit Blockchain Emergency Websites Data Loss MSP Productivity Big Data Communications Projects Apps Cost Management Comparison Update Financial Managed Service Two-factor Authentication App PDF Server Television Cleaning Students How To Managed IT Service Analysis Sync Business Intelligence Augmented Reality Monitor Screen Mirroring FAQ Bandwidth Chrome Budget Licensing Management Battery Books Language Hard Drives Physical Security Employee-Employer Relationship File Storage Data Recovery Device Security iPhone Passwords Samsung Microsoft Windows Ink eWaste Cybercrime Office 365 Unified Communications Marketing Backup Managed Service Provider Computer Care Save Time Best Practice Applications Spam Computing Computer Fan IT Solutions