Forcing shut down in Windows 7

Hi, about 2 weeks ago the Win7(Home Premium 64bit) shutdown procedure is taking a lot longer. At the end there is a message which is on the screen only a split second and I'm unable to read all of it.
It says something about having to force a shutdown.
I have always closed all applications before shutting down and now also checked with Task Manager which shows that nothing is running. Yet, I still have this problem. Have suspected Google Chrome and uninstalled it but still have this problem. My question:
Is there some folder to check if anything is still running before shutting down so that I could trace the program and delete it?
Has anybody had this problem?
I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks in advance, Ann
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    Sometimes if an application takes longer than expected to close upon shutting down (Windows will usually list the program in question) Windows will put a message on the screen asking if you want to force shutdown (meaning the shutdown will proceed even if the application didn't close and thus you may lose/corrupt data); however, if the program does close on its own the window will close. What it sounds like to me is that you have a program that takes longer to close than Windows wants it to, but it does close on its own given a second longer.

    If I am understanding what you asked, the above situation is no more than a slight annoyance and should not be concerning. If I did not understand and you actually have to click "force a shutdown" then you may have an unresponsive program and may want to reinstall it.
  2. Thank you for your answer, noreaster.
    Yes, it's just an annoyance but it didn't start to happen until 2 weeks ago and I don't remember installing anything new. Yes, Windows will close down on it's own after a while.
    I just thought that there might be some kind of folder to look in (aside from the Task Manager) to see what might still be running.
    Yes, I can live with it....As I said, I just wonder what might cause the slow shut down now and would like to get to the bottom of it.
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