You can cut down the time it takes for Windows to shutdown all of your running program by making a couple of changes to your registry. This can make the shutdown process a little bit quicker, which is great for the impatient users of today. However, before doing so I recommend you backup your registry , just in case you make a mistake..
Here’s how to make your computer shutdown faster:
- Go to the Start Menu and choose Run from the menu
- Type regedit in the box and press OK
- The registry editor will appear.
- Click the + sign next to My Computer
- Then click the + sign next to HKEY_CURRENT_USER
- Then the + sign for control panel
- Scroll down and find Desktop and click on the writing to make it blue like in the screenshot below.
- This will make a list appear in the right column. Look in there and Double click on the AutoEndTasks file.
- The default value here is 0. Change it to 1. Press OK.
- Then find another file in the right panel called WaitToKillAppTimeout
- The default value here is 20000. Mine is set to 3500 now. Press OK
- Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.