Saturday, 21 April 2007

How to make Windows Vista shut down services faster

Windows Vista can, after a while take progressively longer and longer to shut down. This is due to applications that install services that start at boot time and then take ages to stop and sometimes time out when Windows is being shut down. Luckily for us, there is a way to force Windows to shut down these services much quicker. Doing this will make Vista shut down much faster!

Here's how you do it:

- Press Windows key + R (This will bring up the Run dialog)

- In the Run dialog box type regedit and press Enter

- Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control

- On the right hand window pane you will see multiple string values.

- Look out for one called WaitToKillServiceTimeout. It should have a default calue of 20000. This represents 20000 millisconds or 20 seconds. [See pic below]

- Double click on WaitToKillServiceTimeout and change the value to 5000(Any lower value could cause system instability and likely errors)

- Click OK and we're done!

You can now close the Registry Editor window.

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3 Responses to “How to make Windows Vista shut down services faster”

Ian said...
23 August 2007 at 14:45

Heyyy this is really cool!


Are you sure it's safe, though?

gdiza said...
23 August 2007 at 22:59

Great site man, thanks for this tip!

GDIza said...
23 August 2007 at 23:00

Thanks for this tip buddy!

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