How To Speed Up The Windows 7 Shutdown Process


19.06.2011

How To Speed Up The Windows 7 Shutdown Process

One of the first things that Microsoft has done to improve it’s latest operating system Windows 7 was the super fast start-up, this brought them a lot of praise. But unfortunately the developers were unable to optimize the shutdown process, which is slow and annoying in comparison with Microsoft Windows XP.

Here you will find three ways in which you can speed up the and optimize the shutting down process, so from now on you can forget about the slow logoff process, stop looking for other methods because here you can choose the one that best fits your needs.

Originally Windows 7 shuts down in around 32 seconds from the moment you hit shutdown button until the laptop is completely closed, so here we have been tested few tips on how to significantly improve your shutdown time.

The first method is to Reduce Timeout for closing service or applicaitons.

When you initiate the shutting down process and a service does not instantly close, Windows waits for a few seconds, until it displays the user that the service is not responding to the shutdown request. The waiting time is defined by the registry keys and it can be reduced.

There are two registry hacks, so if you follow these two steps outlined here in the article there is no chance whatsoever to harm your PC, but anyway we will issue a warning so in the first place you should backup your registry before continuing.

In the first hack click on to the following key combination Windows + R,type > regedit into the text field and then click > OK to launch the registry editor. When you are in the registry editor navigate to the folder named HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControl.

On the right within that folder find and double click the string > WaitToKillServiceTimeout. Now go to > Edit String window and change the > Value data from the default of 12000 which stands for 12 seconds to 2000 which stands for 2 seconds. Click OK and save the changes.

Now for the second hack, navigate via registry editor to the following location. HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop, double-click the string WaitToKillAppTimeout which can be found on the right.

In case that this entry doesn’t exist you can create it, right-click into the folder and click New > String Value and name it > WaitToKillAppTimeout. Now just Set > Value data to 2000 and click OK.

Also in the same registry folder if you see an entry named > AutoEndTasks set its Value data to 1 and then close the registry editor. The Shutdown time will be 27 seconds.

The second method is to create a Fast Shutdown shortcut

Microsoft has come up with a remote shutdown tool to log off and restart Windows, and that is not since now it is as from Windows 2000. Make us of this tool through the command line, but a faster alternative is to create a shortcut.

Select > New and then Shortcut after right clicking on your Windows 7 desktop then in the location field enter shutdown.exe -s -t 00 -f, click Next and the give the shortcut a descriptive name such as Shut Down PC and finally click Finish.

Now let’s explain what the letter or options added above stands for. Tells the tool to shut down (-s) with a timeout of zero seconds (-t 00), and to force apps to close without warning the user (-f). Basically, it combines the registry hacks from the first tip in the log off process. Check the full list of options when typing shutdown.exe in the command prompt, and you can open it via Windows + R then type > cmd in the text field and then click OK.

Move this shortcut from the desktop to your quick launch bar or pin into the taskbar, double-click the shortcut for quick system log off. The shutdown time is 24 seconds.

The third one is the brute-force method

This method should be used with major caution, it is also known as hard boot and is used to shut down and instantly reboot the PC. If your PC responds slowly or is frozen, just hold the power button for few seconds. In this way Windows is going to instantly shutdown. This method kills the hardware too, and should be used with extreme caution and should not be used as a routine way of shutting down your PC. In the worst possible scenario it may cause your HDD to crash.

In this way your PC will shutdown in 5 seconds.

You may experience some issues that cannot be solved with the hacks that you see above. Look into the Hotfix released by Microsoft if you see a message saying that 1 program still needs to be closed: Waiting for Task Host Window.

What may cause a slow logoff or shutdown? This might be due to outdated drivers or antivirus programs, so update your drivers and erase your old antivirus programs like McAfee and replace it with new versions or better alternatives like Avira AntiVir or Avast. Also it is known that fingerprint scanners may cause a slow log-off.

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