Force Windows 7 to Shutdown faster

If you are Windows 7 user then you must be aware of the fact that the startup is faster as compared to the shutdown process. The startup time depends upon the time taken by the power to circulate within the system and the time taken by the startup program to begin. On the other hand, the shutdown process depends upon the time taken to close all background programs and running processes. Here is the tutorial how you can make your Windows 7 shutdown faster.

You must be really annoyed to see that Windows 7 starts up so quickly but does not shutdown as quickly as it should be. When you shut your laptop and go away from Computer thinking that it would have shutdown, but you find that the system is still powered on your return after sometime. You can also see some background programs that need to be closed and you get a click Force Shutdown to shutdown your Computer option on the screen. This is the same for all Windows 7 users.

By default Windows 7 waits for 12 seconds to kill all the running processes while shutting down Windows. If we can lower the time period to 5 seconds or less, then it is possible to make Windows 7 shutdown much faster.

Force Windows 7 to shutdown faster rather than waiting for the background programs to close

Follow the steps below to make your Windows 7 shutdown faster than before.

  • Click on start orb and type regedit to open the Windows registry but, make sure that you run registry editor as administrator
  • In the registry window, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
  • Now, double click on WaitToKillServiceTimeout entry present on the right pane and enter its value as 5000 (5 seconds) or to lower than that


  • Next go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop , on the right pane and create a new string value and name it as WaitToKillAppTimeout and assign a value of 5000.If the same string already exists then double click on it and enter its value as 5000 or lower to that. Make sure not to assign too lower values as you need to grant some time to close the programs.

Once you are done with all the steps described above you can restart your Computer for the changes to take affect and there you will observe definite speed in Windows 7 shutdown next time.

So, if you want your Windows 7 shut down faster than before, then follow the tutorial above.


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