Monday, July 10, 2006
Is your computer suffering from slow shut downs? If so you might want to download and install the "User Profile Hive Cleanup Service" from Microsoft. This free utility automatically cleans up user profiles and prevents you from playing the timeout wait game.
Once you run the setup wizard it will look like the installer did nothing. If you open up your services list (Click start, then run and type services.msc now click ok), you will see that a new service is running in the background. The idea of this program is to reclaim resources when a task is finished (memory, handles, etc). It accomplishes this by monitoring for users to log off and verifying that unused resources are reclaimed. This approach is superior as it works for any known reason that profiles do not unload and also will keep working to address new unknown issues.
Download from Microsoft here.