Make your Windows Shutdown faster

on Saturday, January 16, 2010

Many of us must have noticed that Windows sometimes takes a little more time than usual to shutdown.  This may be due to Windows trying to kill some services that are running and the they are not responding fast enough.

There is a registry edit to make this a little more faster.

(a)   Open Registry Editor by typing regedit in Run.

(b)   Browse and go the following key:



       HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control

(c)   In the right hand pane, check for a key named "WaitToKillServiceTimeout".  Change its value to 5000.   The default value may be 20000; which means the Windows will wait for 20 seconds for Service to close.  By changing it to 5000, we change the time to 5 seconds which is perfectly fine.

The second option to shut down faster would be to create a batch file with the following entry in it

@echo off
shutdown.exe -s -f -t 00

The -f option forces the running programs to close and then shutdown the computer.

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