To Make Windows XP Shutdown Faster

Thursday, June 11, 2009

In Windows XP Sometimes It Takes More Time To Shutdown The System, Usually This Happens One Or More Applications Is Hanging Up To 20 Seconds While The OS Tries To Shutdown. We Have A Couple Of Registry Tweaks To Help Force Windows To Shut Down More Quickly. Before Making Any Changes To The Registry It Is Highly Recommend To Create Backup


The first thing we need to go to registry editor. to do so click Start \ Run and type in “regedit” (no quotes) then click OK.


Now with the Registry Editor open locate the following key

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Control Panel \ Desktop

scroll down to HungAppTimeout and change the default 5000 to 1000 then click OK.

Then scroll down to WaitToKillAppTimeout from 20000 to 1000 then click OK.


Keep the Registry Editor open as we have 3 more values to change in two different sections.


Next we are going to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Control

and double click on WaitToKillServiceTimeout to 1000 then click OK.


Finally, we need to navigate to

HKEY_USERS \ DEFAULT \ Control Panel \ Desktop

and change HungAppTimeout to 1000 and click OK.


Then scroll down to WaitToKillAppTimeout to 1000 and click OK.


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