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microsoftIf you thought of shutting down your Windows Vista faster than Windows XP, well, you could be disappointed. In fact, every now and then the new Microsoft’s operating system takes too long to shut down, causing to its users to get frustrated and angry. This little hack, very easy to apply, reduces the amount of time Windows Vista waits for a service to stop before prompting the user to stop it manually. Here is what to do:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Type Regedit in the Search Bar.
  3. Locate the following folder: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control]
  4. Change the value of this key: WaitToKillServiceTimeout by clicking on it twice.
  5. By default WaitToKillServiceTimeout is set at 200000 milliseconds which are 20 seconds. If you change this value Vista will shut down faster. Of course you don’t have exaggerate in lowering the value otherwise your computer could face data loss and data corruption. As a general rule you should not go lower than 4- 5 seconds.

If this hack doesn’t work for you, then you may be interested in finding out what program is affecting your Vista shutting down time. Read this article to know more.

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2 Comments to “How to force Windows Vista to shut down quickly”

  1. Web Talk Says:

    Got it! I just corrected the article. Thanks for pointing the error out! 🙂

  2. Andrew Says:

    200000 milliseconds is 200 seconds not 20 seconds. 20 seconds would be 20000

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