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Windows 7: Change Shutdown Time

04 Mar 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64 7229
Change Shutdown Time

Microsoft did try to change the time it takes to shutdown, but they only made it 8000 MS then Vista. In my opinion it's still slow so let's change it(sorry if this is already posted, I looked) This is common knowledge:
1. Open Regedit
2. Backup Registry if you want
3. Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
4. Look for "WaitToKillServiceTimeout", by default, it is set to 12000 milliseconds(I think)
5. Change this value to anywhere from 2000-5000, that is 2-5 seconds.

Hope this helps.

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04 Mar 2009   #2

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Hello Copyright,

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

Tutorial here on that: Shut Down -Speed Up[2]=Performance Maintenance

Lots of great info in the tutorials. Check em out. Hope you enjoy your stay.

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06 Mar 2009   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

I don't have any problems here. With all programs closed, the time from clicking Shut Down to the system powering off is just 15 seconds, as regular as clockwork. No registry settings have been altered, this is just the time it takes on my system.
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07 Mar 2009   #4


Agreed, Dwarf - every once in a while I get an app that needs closing but that happens relatively quickly....the shutdown and sleep functions have been improved drastically in W7.
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