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How to Make Windows 7 Shutdown Faster

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You have likely all experienced that problematic computer that just will not shut down when you command it to, disregarding of how busy you are or how quickly you need to get away from the PC.

Shy to give your PC a good kicking and throwing obscenities at it like they are becoming obsolete, there’re a number of ways you can take to boost the shutdown speed of Windows 7. I have explored a few of the universal methods that have the most impact and listed my favorite below, so if your PC ignores your daring pleas to turn off, then this article is for you!

Speed Up The Windows 7 Shutdown Process

The Windows Registry is perhaps the most necessary part of your complete operating system. To make a wrong choice in here can seriously harm your PC, so when changing any values for registry items you should always be cautious. The step by step guide below will assist you as much as possible.

  1. First open the Registry Editor by clicking the Start button, then type regedit into the search box, and press Enter.
  2. Once the Registry Editor is opened, we need to browse through the folders until we find the items we need. To start with, open the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder and click on SYSTEM, followed by CurrentControlSet and finally Control.
  3. Within that folder (In the right hand part of the window), find and double click on WaitToKillServiceTimeout. An Edit String box will be opened.
  4. In Edit String, we can type in a number between 2000-20000 (2-20 seconds), and after that we select OK. The default time is set 12000 (12 seconds), so changing it to 2000 (2 seconds) will cut ten seconds off the waiting time for programs and services to end on their own accord!

There is a further registry change you can make to reduce the amount of time it takes for your Windows 7 computer to shut down, so while you are still in the Registry Editor, follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. In left window of Registry Editor, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop.
  2. Double-click on WaitToKillAppTimeout. Now you should see the properties window, but If there’s no such entry in your Registry, it can easily be created manually by right clicking in the Desktop sub folder and choosing New followed by String value.
  3. Adjust the value data to 2000 and click OK.
  4. When you see the AutoEndTasks entry in this folder, you can double click this and change its value data to 1 for an additional speed boost.

These two windows registry tweaks are the most efficient ways I have found to shut down your Windows 7 computer safely and quickly. If you know another working tips i’ll be glad to see them in the comments section at the bottom of this article.

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