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The Windows shutdown process may be as slow as the start up unfortunately. But, due to Windows amazing ability of user managed settings, you can change that! So, how can you speed up your Windows Shutdown process ?

(There have been previous articles – in the WinHack column – on how to Speed Up Windows twice, here WinHack - Speed Up Your Windows XP Computer (Part 1) WinHack - Speed Up Your Windows XP Computer (Part 1) Read More and here WinHack - Speed Up Your Windows Computer (Part 2) WinHack - Speed Up Your Windows Computer (Part 2) Read More .)

WARNING : BEFORE making any changes to the Windows registry, it is highly recommended to make a backup in case anything goes wrong. To backup your Windows registry, tap your Windows key on the keyboard and “R”. When the Run box comes up, type regedit. When the Registry box comes up, go to ‘File’ then ‘Export’. Save the resulting file to your hard drive.

Ready for some more tweaking? Let’s go!

Auto-Kill All Programs at Shutdown

This tweak can speed up the process a lot by killing tasks quickly and not requiring user input for closing them, e.g. the repetitive Firefox pop-up asking if you really want to quit. Here it is:

Step 1: Go to “Start,” “Run,” and type regedit.

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Step 2: Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Step 3: Find the Registry Key called AutoEndTasks and right-click then select Modify. Change the value to 1.

Change Application Hang Time

There are a few Registry Keys that are, by default, set to a ridiculous setting. There are three of them that we are going to cover today called WaitToKillApp, HangAppTime, and WaitToKillServiceTimeout.

WaitToKillApp sets the time for Windows to wait before killing the application you are attempting to close, while HangAppTime sets the hang time for the app before closing, and WaitToKillServiceTimeout sets the time for Windows to wait before killing Microsoft Services.

By shortening these you will, obviously, have a faster application response.

Ready? Let’s do it!

Step 1: Go to “Start,” “Run,” and type regedit.

Step 2: Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Step 3: Find the Registry Key labeled WaitToKillApp, HangAppTime, and WaitToKillServiceTimeout and right-click them, then select Modify. Change the value to 1000.

Disable Clearing of Paging File

We previously talked about the paging article in another article WinHack - Speed Up Your Windows Computer (Part 2) WinHack - Speed Up Your Windows Computer (Part 2) Read More on speeding up Windows, but today we are talking about how to speed up the use of the Paging File even more.

On shutdown, Windows automatically removes the contents of the Paging File for security, because it may run as a temporary file, holding information such as unencrypted passwords, etc. (If you believe the security of your system will be too far out of control due to the absence of removal of such information, then it is not necessary that you use this hack.)

Let’s do it!

Step 1: Go to “Start,” “Run,” and type regedit.

Step 2: Navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management.

Step 3: Find the Registry Key labeled ClearPageFileOnShutdown and right-click it, then select Modify. Change the value to 0.

Hope this helps you get into your tweaking mood! Have fun hacking tweaking! More next time on WinHack!

  1. Joost
    March 10, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    hello friend, You are not a computer expert, not a disaster, but don't set people on the wrong track with your explanations !! And stop on this crap website with the annoying advertising !!!

  2. Princess Hadia
    March 21, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    And i thought the time microsoft chose was the best one..We do not need to change it..
    I was also talked on cracx.com about this :)

  3. dharmendar
    October 21, 2009 at 10:14 am

    i will try it becaue i think it will workable.
    have a nice day.

  4. brad.storch
    October 28, 2008 at 7:40 am

    The quickest way is to pull the power plug out of the socket. Definitely the simplest!

    • rchard2scout
      June 29, 2009 at 6:12 am

      yeah, but if you plug out the power cable, you can destroy your harddisks

  5. Mayur
    October 19, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Nice find but, Here is the simplest way to "Turn Off your PC” in less than 2 seconds ??
    http://webtrickz.com/how-to-turn-off-your-pc-in-less-than-2-seconds/
    It works without doing any hack or modifications.

  6. Jeremy
    October 18, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Running Vista and not seeing the reg keys described in the first two hacks. Any idea why they wouldn't be there?

  7. Aibek
    October 18, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    @ Will - thanks for the tips.

    Just out of curiousity, anyone has any idea what is the purpose of having large values for WaitToKillApp, HangAppTime, and WaitToKillServiceTimeout registry entries? Why did Microsoft set them to that value (and not to something like 100 ms) on the first place?

    • Will Mueller
      October 19, 2008 at 9:18 am

      Well, I suppose Microsoft had them there to deal with some other type of Registry Key similar to it that they didn't need. They might have also been there to accompany some type of wait for another Microsoft service to check for something and enter it into another unnecessary Registry Key... I am not sure.

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