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Windows Long Shutdown Time

You may have noticed that when you restart or shut-down your windows computer (windows xp, windows vista, windows 7) or (windows 2003, 2008) it takes a lot of time for your computer to close all the current processes and perform the shut down.

It may be needed to reduce shutdown time in windows especially for computers which are monitored remotely.

This may be due to couple of registry settings that keeps the computer from forcing the idle applications from being forcefully closed. Forcing apps to be closed without giving them proper time may cause loss of data and failure of the functions.


However many of the current apps are more resilient and you can force them to be close. The following registry tweaks will help your computer to close the apps within a short time and result in shorter time to shutdown your computer.

However, be advised that altering windows registry should be done by your computer administrator as it may cause serious damage to your windows. Make sure you have a full backup of your registry or operating system before doing so. (Perform this at your own risk!)

Add the following settings to your registry.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]


You may also simply download the registry file I have created and double click on that. Again, perform this task at your own risk.


Basically these settings reduces the default waiting time to close an app (kill). In addition, it will automatically force the app to close.

If you use these settings you may notice that your computer restart or shutdown time is shortened drastically. This may be very valuable for network admins specifically if you need to remotely manage your computers.

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