How to speed up your Windows 7 shutdown process
Waiting for your PC to shut down is the most annoying task, especially when you are in a hurry. With oodles of apps and programs running on your Windows 7 device, it may take a couple of minutes for your system to eventually shutdown. To skip this time-taking process, most of the Windows 7 users choose not to shutdown their system even when it is idle, reducing the lifespan of their Windows 7 device. However, you can optimize the speed of your system shutdown process to fast-track your Windows 7 shutdown process.
Speed up your Windows 7 shutdown speed by accessing the registry
You can do speed up the entire process by accessing the Windows Registry Editor on your computer. Before shutting down, your computer closes all the running applications properly. However, if the application is not responding, your computer waits for some time and then prompts the user about the application and for a shutdown request. The amount of waiting time is controlled by the registry keys, which can be reduced to speed up the shutdown process.
To decrease the shutdown time:
- Click ‘Start’, type "regedit.exe" in the search bar, and select ‘regedit.exe’ from the search results.
- In the registry editor, navigate to ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control’
- Click on ‘WaitToKillServiceTimeout’, which is displayed on the right side of the navigation pane.
- In the edit string, replace ‘20000’ with ‘5000’ to reduce the maximum shutdown time to 5 seconds.
- Click ‘OK’ to confirm the action and restart your computer to apply the changes.
However, be extremely careful while accessing your system’s registry, as one wrong move can remove an essential file, causing permanent damage to your operating system. To be on the safer side, you can try some of the freeware PC shutdown utilities like Shutter and SmartPower that can help you schedule your PC shutdown time according to your requirements.
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