Shutdown XP Faster

When XP is shutting down it checks that all applications and services are shut down. Sometimes, some of the services are not shutting down, thus XP gives them time to shut down on its own. The amount of time XP waits for the service to shut down is stored in the system registry. By changing this setting XP will shutdown faster.

Here is how to do it:

  1. Start regedit (Start -> Run -> Regedit)
  2. Navigate to the Registry key HKEY CURRENT USER\Control Panel\Desktop
  3. Double click on the AutoEndTasks entry and replace the 0 with a 1 in the Value data text box
  4. Double click on the WaitToKillAppTimeout entry (if the dword value does not exist, then create it) and change the value to 2000
  5. Double click on the HungAppTimeout entry (if the dword value does not exist, then create it) and change the value to 1000
  6. Reboot

If you still have problems, then make the following changes:

  1. Start regedit (Start -> Run -> Regedit)
  2. Navigate to the Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
  3. Double click on the WaitToKillServiceTimeout entry and change the value to 2000
  4. Reboot

Notice that lowest value XP will accept is 1000 (1 sec).

Be also aware of, that the WaitToKillService tweak can cause problems. If an application is in process of saving data a “kill”can case the loss of data.

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