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Windows Server 2008 hangs while trying to shut down

We have a domain controller running Windows Server 2008 Standard SP2 32-bit which is not able to shut down properly and gets stuck while trying with the message "Shutting Down".

It appears as though the server is trying to close active applications and/or services and is unable to do so. Since the Event Logs stop before the server gets stuck, it does not provide any information on what application or service is causing the issue.

What would be the best way to diagnose this issue?
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realtimer
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VB ITSSpecialist ConsultantCommented:
First things first try, setting HKEY_USERS\.Default\Control Panel\Desktop\AutoEndTasks from 0 to 1

This will force all processes to end automatically when users either log off or shut down the computer.

Does this occur when you reboot as well or just shut downs?
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Often, CTRL-C or ALT-F4 will end the process which is causing the hang and you might find that doing this one or two times solves the problem.
Otherwise, Process Monitor from Sysinternals ( https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645 ) can be set to do detailed logging and how to do it is detailed here: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/ssw_aix_53/com.ibm.aix.prftools/doc/prftools/prftools09.htm%23wq513
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realtimerAuthor Commented:
Thank you VB ITS and Davis.
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