On shutdown, the error "End Program - explorer.exe" always pops up, needing "End Now" reply

This has been annoying me for years - literally.

When I try to Shut Down my PC, an error dialog appears with the heading "End Program - explorer.exe". The choices are End Program or Cancel. I always end the program, and shutdown continues. This has happened on at least three new PCs over the past few years.

What can I do yo get a clean shutdown?

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mistymistyConnect With a Mentor Commented:

This is a handy guide to troubleshooting shutdown issues.   Below I copied a secition out of that article:

PROGRAMS HANG / BECOME UNRESPONSIVE. Sometimes programs don’t close down correctly, or hang for some other reason during the Windows shutdown process. This freezes up, or at least significantly delays, Windows shutdown. For example, a few people have reported an error message that EXPLORER.EXE has become unresponsive during shutdown when they have used Win XP’s native CD-burning capabilities during that Windows session. If Windows is hanging because it can’t force a program to terminate, one solution is to disable the automatic end task logic (AutoEndTask). Use this registry patch to force that setting change. (Be sure to back up the Registry first.)

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