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Windows 7: Shut Down -Speed Up

03 Dec 2011   #60
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Demonicon,

You most likely have some app that is running in background not wanting to shut down properly. This tutorial will not affect that. You could check in Task Manager (CTRL+Shift+ESC) to see what "Applications" or "Proccess" for a app are listed before shutting down to help narrow down which one may be the cause.

What do you have the wait time set as?

If you like, you could give the tutorial below to use a force shut down shortcut to see if that may help shut down your computer faster until you find the app causing the delay.

Hope this helps,

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Mar 2012   #61
x BlueRobot


Thanks, I've been looking for ways to maximise my performance on my laptop without purchasing new hardware or software. (:
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13 Mar 2012   #62

windows 7 ultimate 64bit

I had some problems with shutting down. It takes to long-more than 2min to shutdown. I tried the methods you described above. It really worked but not so great. Then two weeks ago I installed windows 8 consumer preview. Its really takes 10-15 sec to start and shutdown. Is it possible in 7 too.
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13 Mar 2012   #63
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Firetrix,

It sounds like you may have something that is hanging at shut down. Do you have everything closed before shutting down?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

13 Mar 2012   #64

windows 7 ultimate 64bit

Hi brink
yes I had some background processes slow down me. But now I got fixed. What I am trying to ask here is now I have win 8 with shut down time less than 10sec. Is it possible to get that kind of speed in win 7.

And thank you for your post.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Mar 2012   #65
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Well, that really depends on how fast your system hardware is, and if you have anything else running that may slow it down. What's your current shut down time? Hopefully not the 2 mins.

You might give the instant shut down shortcut in the tutorial below a try to see if that may help any.

Shut Down Computer Shortcut - Create
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Mar 2012   #66

windows 7 ultimate 64bit

now I am using windows 8 consumer preview. And the shut down time is 10 sec.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Mar 2012   #67
x BlueRobot


Windows 8 is not fully complete, therefore will have less files than the Windows 7 operating system, maybe that's why Windows 8 seems to shutdown faster.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jun 2012   #68

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Excellent, I'm working my way down the optimise (sorry about the UK spelling there) list found here:

Optimize Windows 7

and this is a great addition, although I did wonder for a second if I might find a problem, but for now I'm going for maximum efficiency. My philosophy is that if you shut-down too quickly or by mistake, then you learn from it!

Now I'm wondering how you are measuring the re-boot times? Ok... update* I actually went and found a .vbs script from here: Restart Time

Going to carry on with the list soon though, but first let's re-boot and then see if my time improves further down the line.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Dec 2012   #69

Windows 7/10 64 bit
Change Shutdown Time

I have the "wait to kill" set to 5000, per instructions I found, but I still have about a 20 second shutdown time. Is there something else that needs to be set?

Fixed after running the registry utility to set it to two seconds. It shuts down (restart) in 4 seconds. That is acceptable.

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