Vista Fast Shutdown

Here's a neat one I fell over somewhere on the web:
Open Regedit (WINDOWS KEY + R on your keyboard, or by clicking Start and typing on the search bar "regedit" without quotes. Hit Enter

Navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l] On the right panel look for the "WaitToKillServiceTimeout" string and change it value to 1000 by right clicking the string and selecting Modify...

Default Value WaitToKillServiceTimeout=20000

Modified value WaitToKillServiceTimeout=5000
Modified value WaitToKillServiceTimeout=1000 (extreme, use it at your own risk)

I found 3000 worked nicely but try the 5000 first. 3000 does sometimes leave some programs lagging which then need a further key click.


Vega said...

AWSOME THanks worked GREAT!!!!

Vega said...

Let me know if you find anything else like autoendtask

Anonymous said...

The default WaitToKillServiceTimeout value on my Vista Home Premium machine was 190,000. No wonder it took forever to shutdown and restart! Your trick works great and now it shuts down and restarts quickly. Thanks!