How to speed up Windows shutdown
Windows 7 and 8 have faster shutdown time than previous versions. But sometimes they still shut down too long. Basically, when you decide to turn off your computer, Windows must end all processes and services in the background. Those that don’t want to be terminated, Windows kills them. If your computer needs too much time to shut down, here is what you will have to do.
1. Go to the Windows Registry. Press Win+R (and then type regedit) or go to start and type regedit. You will have to change three keys.
2. Find the key ‘’ WaitToKillServiceTimeout’’. The default value is set to 5000 (windows wait 5 seconds to kill a process).
3. Change this value to 2000.
4. Navigate for the “WaitToKillServiceTimeout”. Double click and change the value to 2000. If you are wondering, 2000 is in milliseconds.
5. In the same panel you will have to find “HungAppTimeout”. If you have problems finding it or you cannot find it, New/String Value and make a new key. Enter the value data 2000 and accept it.
You shouldn’t enter the value less than 2000, or it can cause certain problems with the system. If you want to Windows shuts down process without notifying you, find the “AutoEndTasks” (in the same panel) and change the value to 1. In both cases, reboot your computer.
If your computer is still shutting down slowly, uninstall programs you don’t use. Some of them may be damaged and cause bad performance of your PC. Also, you can re-install your OS. This usually solves all problems.