Computer Tricks

3 Ways To Speed Up The Windows 7 Shutdown Process


I tested these tips one after the other on my Windows 7 netbook (which shut down significantly faster after upgrading to 2GB RAM). I booted into Windows, started some standard programs, including Skype and Chrome with several different tabs open, waited until they had fully loaded, and then shut down the computer. In its native state, the shutdown took 32 seconds from clicking the ‘Shutdown’ button until the laptop had fully shut down.
Initial shutdown time on test machine:
 32 seconds

Before Windows shuts down, it attempts to properly close all running processes. If a service doesn’t close immediately, Windows waits for a few seconds, until it prompts the user that the service is not responding to the shutdown request. The amount of this waiting time is defined by registry keys and you can reduce it.

These are two fairly harmless registry hacks. If you follow the steps outlined in this article, it should in no way harm your system. Nevertheless, I have to issue a
Editing the registry can damage your operating system! I or MakeUseOf take no responsibility whatsoever!  Make a backup of your registry before continuing.
  • For the first hack, click the key combination > [WINDOWS] + [R], type > regedit into the text field, and click > OK to launch the registry editor.
  1. In the registry editor, navigate to this folder:
  2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\ControlWithin that folder (on the right) find and double-click the string >WaitToKillServiceTimeout.
  3. In the > Edit String window, change the > Value data from the default of 12000 (12 seconds) to 2000 (2 seconds). Click > OK to save the change.

windows 7 slow shutdown
  • For the second hack, navigate to the following location via the registry editor:
  1. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
  1. On the right, find and double-click the string > WaitToKillAppTimeout.

  2. If this entry does not exist, you can create it. Right-click into the folder and click through > New > String Value, and name it > WaitToKillAppTimeout.
  3. Set > Value data to 2000, click > OK.
  4. In the same registry folder, if you see an entry called > AutoEndTasks, set its > Value data to 1, then close the registry editor.

Shutdown time: 27 seconds

  • As of Windows 2000, Windows has come with a remote shutdown tool to shut down and restart Windows. You can control this tool through the command line, but a much faster alternative is to create a shortcut.

·         Right-click your Windows 7 desktop and select > New > Shortcut.
·         Enter > shutdown.exe -s -t 00 -f in the location field, click > Next, give the shortcut a descriptive name, e.g. Shut Down Computer, and click Finish.

  • The letters (options) added above tell the tool to shut down (-s) with a timeout of zero seconds (-t 00), and to force running applications to close without forewarning the user (-f). Basically, it unites the registry hacks from the first tip in the shutdown process. You can see a full list of options when typing > shutdown.exe into the command prompt, which you can open via > [WINDOWS] + [R] then type > cmd into the text field and click > OK.
  • You can move this shortcut from the desktop to your quick launch bar or pin it to the taskbar. Double-click the shortcut to instantly shut down the system.
This trick is courtesy of Seven Forums.

Shutdown time:
 24 seconds

3. Brute-Force Method

3 Ways To Speed Up The Windows 7 Shutdown Process 3 Ways To Speed Up The Windows 7 Shutdown Process Reviewed by Anmol Agarwal on 1:00:00 pm Rating: 5