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What might be the problem for when i go to shut down my computer and all it does is get rid of all icons on desktop, keyboard & mouse unresponsive? But then i hit reset button and everything works again. But also takes forever to start up, what might these problems be, and how could i fix them?

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As Technochic mentions, giving us additional information (such as what operating system, which can be a major factor) helps us help you.

In the meantime, you could also try this:

1. Go to Start – Run – type in “msconfig”, and click the Startup Tab.

2. Click “disable all” (button on the bottom right), then click apply. Close the System Configuration Utility and reboot your computer. (It will probably still hang on shutdown right now).

3. After it restarts, a system config utility window will pop up – put a check in the checkbox (something like “don’t show this message again) , and then hit OK. Now shutdown again.

If it doesn’t hang up this time, there’s something in the startup menu that is causing your shut down issues. Then you can go back into msconfig, and start re-checking selections one-by-one, rebooting each time to try and isolate the problem.

This often helps with startup/shutdown issues, and it’s a good idea to keep your startup items to a minimum anyways.

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  • Yade
    U just try to have a good anti virus installed on your system because no one can say it could not be virus but after that check if the software u need is still installed properly on your system if YES copy the ICON and paste on desktop I hope these could help u out to fix
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  • Technochic
    Please tell us what Operating System. How old is the computer? What have you done so far to troubleshoot? We need a great deal more details to help you. Thanks!
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  • Prashantm13
    Check for Hard drive Check (chkdsk), if you have done all the setting, and still facing same problem then go to following link http://blogs.msdn.com/b/distributedservices/archive/2009/01/21/dcom-error-10010-in-the-event-logs-and-sluggish-server-performance.aspx
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  • carlosdl
    Some installed program/service could be causing the problem. If you don't provide more details and you don't let us know what you have done so far to troubleshoot, as mentioned by Technochic, we will be just guessing, and maybe suggesting solutions you already tried.
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  • ITAddict
    When you shut down, do you close all of your programs first? Do you get messages that programs cannot shut down? Have you installed any new programs or updated device drivers? You can try a System Restore back to a configuration when your computer worked correctly. In the System Restore Calendar, you can see what was installed or changed on each date that a System Backup was done. Missing Desktop Icons are a normal part of the shutdown process. The program that displays Icons and the taskbar has to end before the computer will shutdown. Your's is locking up after that progam has ended.
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  • Jreifenstein001
    I went and did this: Start - Run - typed in "msconfig", and click the Startup Tab. I unchecked everyone individual and restarted after each one, still took about 60 sec. to restart. then i unplugged network cable and hit restart, PC started up immediately, to fix this don't i have to reset or change IP Address?
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  • carlosdl
    If this computer was part of a different network in the past, you may need to make some changes. For example, if you have shortcuts to shared folders on other machines, and the shortcuts were created using the machine name, but there is no DNS server currently available to resolve that name, you could experience slow start ups. But we know almost nothing about this machine...
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