Jan 4, 2009

Faster Windows XP Shutdown

Windows will take some time while shutting down to close all the applications running in the background. But if you want to make the shutdown process faster then you should reduce the time it takes to close all those applications.

There are many tricks that can be applied to make Windows XP shutdown faster. Follow these steps.

Kill tasks automatically at shutdown
If you have applications running in your system then, while shutting down windows will ask you if you want to end the process. It will wait for some time before you select to end the task. This trick will automatically end that task without you having to confirm it. Here is what you do.

--- Go to registry by typing regedit in the run dialog box.

--- Then look for this key

--- Now in the right pane look for the entry AutoEndTasks and double click on it and set the value to 1.

Reduce time taken to kill open applications
When you shutdown windows, it will wait for some time before it starts closing the open applications. In this trick you will reduce that time. Her how you do it,

--- Again go to registry by typing regedit in run box.

--- Now navigate to the key

--- In the right pane look for the entry WaitToKillAppTimeout and change the value to something like 1000.

--- Now in the same place look for the entry HungAppTimeout and double click on it and set the value to 1000. This entry is the time for which windows will wait before a hung application is closed for shutdown.

You need to change these value which are also present at this location

And set the value of WaitToKillAppTimeout and HungAppTimeout to 1000 as before.

Reduce the wait time for closing services
This trick is similar to the one I gave in the earlier post about faster Vista shutdown.So follow the same procedure as given in that post. Only difference is that you are using Windows XP instead of Windows Vista.

Note: If any of the entries given in the above tricks don't exist then create them in the specified locations.

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