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Shutdown Windows XP Faster
Posted By: Byron Hinson

When you shut down Windows XP, the OS tries its best to make sure that all services (they help run things like graphics, printers etc) are shut down. But there are times when they don't close, thus Windows XP tries to give it the chance to shut down itself. This amount of time that windows waits for the service to close is stored in the system registry. If you modify this setting, then windows will shut down the service earlier. To modify the setting, follow the directions below:

  • Start Regedit.
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control.
  • Click on the "Control" Folder.
  • Select "WaitToKillServiceTimeout"
  • Right click on it and select Modify.
  • Set it to a value lower than 2000, say 1000 as a test.

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