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How to Shutdown Your PC Faster ?

Don’t let a hanging PC waste your valuable time. Here, 11 ways to shut down your computer speedily but safely.

End all Windows tasks automatically

Sometimes, when you want to turn off your PC the process is delayed by a program asking if you’re sure you want to quit or if you want to save the current document. A simple Registry tweak can override these queries to speed things up, although you should always save any work before you shut down. see the End all Windows tasks automatically.

Close programs and services faster

When you shut down your PC, Windows gives programs a generous 20 seconds to quit before forcibFy closing them. You can reduce this time significantly by changing a couple of Registry values. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Control Pane!\Desktop, double-click the key WaitToKillAppTimeout and decrease the value from 20000 to 2000 (two seconds). Now right-click HungAppTirneout and set this value to 2000, too. 
You may also want to terminate Microsoft background services faster. To change this setting, navigate to HKEY_ LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlset\Control, double-click the key WaitToKillserviceTimeout and reduce the value to 2000 or less.

Stop clearing the page file at shutdown

When Windows shuts down, it may be set to delete the contents of the page (or paging) file. This is a section of your hard disk that is used to extend available memory. This is done for security reasons, because the page file may contain unencrypted data, but the process also increases the time it takes your PC to switch oft To stop the page file being cleared at the end of each session, launch the Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINL\SYSTEM\CurrentControlset\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management. Double-click the key ClearPageFileAtShutdown and change the value to 0.

Turn off your PC via the Task Manager

One of the quickest and easiest ways to turn off your PC is tucked away in the Windows Task Manager. Rather than going to the Start menu to shut down, press Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up the Task Manager and click the Shut Down menu. Choose Turn Off and, as you’re doing so, hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard. Your PC will switch off instantly with no need for you to wait around for programs and services to close.

Shut down from the Windows 7 Taskbar

Shut down using a Desktop shortcut Another way to skip the Start menu is to create a shutdown shortcut on your Desktop. RightcIick a blank area of the Desktop and choose New, Shortcut. Type the following into the location box, without the quotes, but including the spaces: ‘%windir%\system32\shutdown .exe -s -t 00’.
Click Next, rename the shortcut if you want to (the default name is shutdown’) and click Finish. You can now turn off your PC in seconds simply by double- clicking this shortcut.

Leave your PC to shut itself down

A free tool called Simple Shutdown Timer saves you needing to shut down your PC manuaily and then wait around for it to turn off. Just specify in how many hours, minutes and seconds you want your system to shut down, click Start and the program will start counting down to zero. It’s particularly useful if you’re downloading something. but want to go to bed and, unlike other automatic shutdown methods, you can cancel if you change your mind. You can also use Simple Shutdown Timer to reboot, hibernate and log off from Windows.

Kill XP processes using UPHCIean

If you’re suffering from a slow shutdown on Windows XR you can download a too[ from Microsoft called User Profile Hive Cleanup Service , or UPHCIean, to help speed things up. This tiny free program is designed to ensure all system processes and programs are properly terminated when you switch off your system. Once installed, UPHClean runs in the background, automatically detecting and resolving Registry issues that cause your system to shut down slowly.

Update the latest device drivers for hardware

If Windows has started hanging when you try to shut down, the cause may be newly installed hardware. Open the Device Manager by going to ControlPanel, System, Hardware, Device Manager in Windows XP, or Control Panel, ‘System and Security’, Device Manager in Windows 7 and Vista. Right-click a device you’ve installed recently, choose Disable and try shutting down again. If this solves the problem, the drivers for that piece of hardware may be out of date. Go back into Device Manager, rightclick the device again and choose Update Driver.

You can also check for outdated drivers, and download the latest versions, using the free program SlirriDrivers (

Turn off unnecessary system sounds

SoundS, such as for the Windows Logoff, can increase your shutdown time, especially in Windows XP Turning off these system noises means your PC has one less task to perform when you put it to bed. To disable them, go into Control PaneL and click Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices’, then ‘Sounds and Audio Devices’ in XP or ‘Hardware and Sound’ in Windows 7 and Vista.

Click the Sounds tab, choose No Sounds from the drop-down ‘Sound scheme’ menu and click OK. Alternatively, you can turn off specific sounds by clicking the relevant option in the ‘Program events’ box and selecting None from the drop-down Sounds menu.

Clean your Registry 

A corrupt Pegistry containing invalid entries and broken links can also cause shutdown problems. For this reason, it’s definitely worth running a scan with a free Registry cleaner to detect and fix potential problems. There are plenty of decent options available, of which our favourites are Eusing Free Registry Cleaner ( and the tool offered by the brilliant free program CCleaner ( Both of these will remove and repair redundant Registry entries to help your PC turn off faster..

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