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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Speed Up the Shut Down Time in Windows 7

This article will show you how to set the Wait to Kill time Windows 7 waits for programs to save data and close before shutting down.

This process is applicable to Windows Xp and Windows Vista as well

You should always save and close all programs before shutting down the computer to help prevent any data loss.

Through Registry Editor

1. Open the Start Menu.

2. In the search box, type regedit and press Enter. (See screenshot below)

3. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)



4. In the right pane, right click on WaitToKillServiceTimeout and click on Modify. (See screenshot above)

5. Type in a number between 2000-20000 (2-20 seconds) and click on OK. (See screenshot below)

The default time is 12000. I use 2000 (2 seconds) and have not had any problems. Your experience may vary.

6. Close regedit.

If you have problems with programs from your computer shutting down to quickly, then repeat the above steps and increase the time (step 5) a bit.

This process is applicable to Windows Xp and Windows Vista as well

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