How to Make your PC Shut down Fast

How to Make your PC Shut down Fast

When the user instructs Windows 7 to shut down, the operating system notifies all active services to close. By default, Windows 7 will automatically force any active service to shut down after 20 seconds, if the service does not do so on its own. Windows users, however, can modify the registry to decrease the amount of time it takes before Windows 7 forcibly shuts down any unresponsive services. Users can also disable unnecessary startup programs to speed up both startup and shutdown. Many applications, unbeknownst to the user, launch immediately at startup, utilizing memory and system resources. The more applications you have running at shutdown, the longer it takes for Windows 7 to power down. follow the steps below


Shut Down time, now we are going to decrease the shut down time.
  1. Click “Start.” Type “regedit.exe” into the search field on the lower-left corner of the menu. Choose “regedit.exe” from the results.
  2. Expand “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE,” “System” and “CurrentControlSet.” Click “Control.”
  3. Double-click the value “WaitToKillServiceTimeout,” displayed on the right pane. Highlight the contents of the “Value data” field and replace “20000” with “5000,” to decrease the max shut down time to 5 seconds. Click “OK.” Restart your computer to apply the changes.


Disable Startup Programs

Visit the ProcessLibrary website (see Resources) and leave the window open.

  1. Click the “Start” button on your computer. Type “msconfig” into the search bar on the left pane. Choose “msconfig.exe” from the results displayed.
  2. Click “Startup.” Click “Manufacturer” to sort each process by its publisher. Hover your mouse over the edge of “Command” until the pointer changes. Double-click the left button to expand the “Command” field.
  3. Enter the file name (e.g. “iexplore.exe”) into the search field at ProcessLibrary. Press “Enter.” Select the item from the search results.
  4. Review the information next to “Description” and “Recommendation” to find out whether or not it is safe to disable the startup application.
  5. Uncheck the box next to the program to disable it from launching at startup. Search each startup item one by one, disabling each unnecessary application.
  6. Click “OK.” Restart your computer. The programs you disabled should fail to launch at startup, thereby decreasing Windows 7’s shutdown time.


Do not set the "WaitToKillServiceTimeout" value below 5 seconds.
Some applications may fail to run at all if they are unable to launch at startup.
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