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Shut Down Windows 7 Quickly: How to Shut Down Quickly Windows 7 Slow Computer

Updated on January 21, 2011

Shut down windows 7 quickly is really difficult when you works on a windows 7 slow computer and try to shut down windows 7 quickly or when you are really like to a quick shutdown windows 7.  Make windows 7 shutdown faster is not a difficult work unless you know the real secret tips to super fast shutdown for windows 7. Make windows 7 shutdown faster is the main vision of this hubpage. This page explains the step by step procedure to quick shutdown windows 7 and make your Windows 7 computer super fast shutdown for windows 7.

Theoretically, when anyone shut down Windows 7, the Windows 7 computer should be powered down in less than 15 seconds. The problem is that all of the cleanup Windows tries to do before it considers it “safe” to power the system down can sometimes cause delays. This includes shutting down all the opened applications, stopping any running services and writing any pending cache data to the disk. Actually the real scenario of Windows 7 shutdown is really amazing. When shutting down, Windows firstly attempts to stop all running tasks. If a task - an application, service, or background program—doesn’t respond or refuses to shut down, there’s a built-in delay before Windows will force the task to end. This delay is called the timeout, and it can be shortened if you’re experiencing problems or unreasonable delays every time you shut down your system.

Step 1: To make super fast shutdown for windows 7 computer, you have to change some of the registry of your slow Windows 7 computer. Just hold down Windows key and press R key and this will opens the run window. Type regedit on the run window box and hit Enter key of your keyboard to open the Registry Editor.

Step 2: Simply, expand the branches to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop from the registry editor tree.

Step 3: Double-click the  WaitToKillAppTimeout value. (Sometimes you may not find that. Then you have to select Edit→New→DWORD Value (32-bit) and type WaitToKillAppTimeout for the name of the new value.) Remember, this number only controls the time to wait, in milliseconds, before unresponsive applications are forced to close. The default is  20000 i.e. 20 seconds. But you can type any value here as you like. The minimum  time is 1 millisecond, although it’s impractical to use any value smaller than about 2000 (2 seconds) here.

Step 5: Next, you can configure 7 to end hung applications automatically and without asking. Select Edit→New→DWORD Value (32-bit) and type AutoEndTasks for the name of the new value. Then, double-click AutoEnd Tasks and enter 1 (one) to automatically end tasks or 0 (zero) to prompt before ending tasks (the default).

Step 6: After step 5, you need to expand the branches to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control for a quick shutdown of windows 7.

Step 7: Double-click the WaitToKillServiceTimeout value. This works the same as the WaitToKillAppTimeout value which is already described in the above, except that it applies to services (managed in services.msc) instead of applications.

Step 8: After doing all the above steps, just close the Registry Editor. You’ll have to restart Windows 7 computer for the change to take effect and to finished your desire to super fast shutdown for windows 7 computer.

Following the above mentioned steps are really helpful to make windows 7 shutdown faster. Many friends ask always to me that "my computer shuts down slowly" and they ask help to slow shutdown problem of Windows 7. Hopefully, following the above mentioned steps really helpful for super fast shutdown for windows 7. Applying the above methods, you can shut down windows 7 quickly and easily. However, if you face any problem or difficulties then please mention it in the comment section.

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      7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      this will definitely help close the 3rd party apps that shut down slowly or hang. Thanks


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