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How to Set WaitToKillServiceTimeout to Speed Up Shut Down Time in Windows
This tutorial will show you how to set the WaitToKillServiceTimeout to how long the system waits for services to stop after notifying the service that the system is shutting down in XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
When the WaitToKillServiceTimeout value of this entry expires, the system notifies the user that the service has not stopped. The user can either force the service task to stop or continue to wait. If the user waits, this WaitToKillServiceTimeout value specifies the interval between repeated user notices that the service has not stopped.
If all services stop before this WaitToKillServiceTimeout value expires, the system shuts down; it does not wait for this value to expire.
You should always save and close all programs before shutting down the computer to help prevent any data loss.
If your shutdown time is still taking longer then normal, then check these items below.
Set WaitToKillServiceTimeout before Shut Down using a REG File Download
1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for what you would like to do.
2. To Speed Up Shut Down Time with 2 Second WaitToKillServiceTimeout
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below. NOTE:This sets the shutdown "Wait to kill" time to 2 seconds (2000 milliseconds). If you want shutdown to wait for a different amount of seconds, then do the manual method below.
3. To Restore the Default WaitToKillServiceTimeout in Windows 7
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below. NOTE:The default shutdown "wait to kill" time is 12 seconds (12000 milliseconds) in Windows 7.
4. To Restore the Default WaitToKillServiceTimeout in Windows 8
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below. NOTE:The default shutdown "wait to kill" time is 5 seconds (5000 milliseconds) in Windows 7.
5.Save, and save the .reg file to your desktop.
6. Double click on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.
7. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.
3. In the right pane, right click on WaitToKillServiceTimeout, and click on Modify. (See screenshot above)
4. Type in a number between 2000-20000 (2-20 seconds), and click on OK. (See screenshot below) NOTE:The default time is 12000 (Windows 7) or 5000 (Windows 8). I use 2000 (2 seconds) and have not had any problems. Your experience may vary.
6. When finished, you can close Registry Editor if you like. NOTE:If you have problems with programs from your computer shutting down to quickly, then repeat the above steps and increase the WaitToKillServiceTimeouttime (step 5) a bit.
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Kudos, nice tutorial. While playing around with re-boot times, I found the single-most biggest factor was disabling the pagefile.sys and the hiberfil.sys made the biggest impact. This tutorial will, no doubt, improve on even that.
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