How to speed up Windows 7 shutdown time

Waiting for your computer to close all the programs and services that are running and shut down can seem to take forever. Microsoft recognized this and included the welcome “Force Shutdown” option in Windows 7, by which you can speed up the shutdown on a one-time basis. There’s also a way to edit the registry to kill those programs more quickly. Here’s how:

  1. Open your registry editor.
  2. Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ System \ CurrentControlSet \ Control
  3. In the right pane, right click the entry WaitToKillService
  4. Select Modify.
  5. Change the value data to a lower number, such as 6000 (the default is 12000, for 12 seconds).
  6. Click OK and close the registry editor. As always, be sure to back up the registry before making changes to it.

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