Q. I understand why Windows XP takes ages to fire up—after all, it has to load so much start-up software. But why does it also take so long to close down?
A. It’s because Windows has to turn off each application you have left open—saving critical data along the way. Then it runs a quick system check before it goes to sleep. But there is a way to speed up the process by a few seconds. In a blank area of your desktop, right-click and then select New , Shortcut and in the Create Shortcut screen type shutdown -s -t 0 (see screenshot below). Be sure there’s a space before each hyphen and the last character is a zero, not the letter O. Then click on Next and in the Type a Name for This Shortcut box, enter a title and click on Finish .
Advisory : Be sure to save and close all applications before initiating any shutdown to make the process faster.