How to Force Windows 7 for a Faster Shutdown

by Venkat eswarlu on July 27, 2010

in How to,tips and tricks

It is really annoying that Windows 7 starts up so quickly, but it doesn’t shut down as quickly as it should be. It needs to close all background programs and running processes, and then shuts down the computer. Let us see how we can make Windows 7 to shutdown faster.

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Force Windows 7 to Close Running Apps without Displaying Warning While Shutting Down Windows [Another method]

This happens to everyone after closing all programs, you will click shutdown button and go away from Computer thinking that Computer will be turned off, but that’s not the case, after some time when you see your Computer, it will be still powered on and Windows 7 shows background programs needs to close click Force Shutdown to shutdown your Computer. How much power lost due to this without user using Computer.

By default Windows 7  waits for 12 seconds to kill all the running processes while shutting down Windows. By lowering this time period to 5 seconds or less we can make Windows 7 to shutdown faster.

Forcing Windows 7  shutdown faster without waiting for background programs to close

1.Click start and type “regedit”, and make sure you run registry editor as administrator.

2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control and double click WaitToKillServiceTimeout entry on the right side, and enter its value as 5000 (5 seconds ) or to lower to that.

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3. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop, on the right pane, create a new string value named WaitToKillAppTimeout and give its value as 5000. If that string already exists, then double click it and enter its value as 5000 or lower to that.

Don’t enter too lower values, you at least need to give some chance for programs to close.

Restart your Computer for changes to take effect and you will observe definite speed in Windows 7  shutdown next time.

You can also use command line switch shutdown /f /s /t 0 by creating shortcut for it and use to shutdown Windows 7 faster.


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

liau_hau August 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm

how if i low down the value but the pc still slow to shut down?
can i disable the page of force shut down?


Wilson March 11, 2011 at 4:59 am


I just read your post “How to Force Windows 7 for a Faster Shutdown.” I noticed that in the 3rd step you want us to create a new string value name “WaitToKillAppTimeout.” Shouldn’t it be “WaitToKillServiceTimeout” instead? Is it a typo? Please let me know. Thank you for the great tip.


Venkat March 14, 2011 at 6:16 am

No it should be “WaitToKillAppTimeout”.


Random May 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

It’s suppose to auto force shutdown after 12 seconds really? Why did mine stay on all night long and not shutdown until I told it to? Windows really pisses me off sometimes. Thanks for this.


Dick November 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm

@Random The 12 seconds one (default) should be for killing Services without responses, for your case I bet it’s an App that doesn’t close which makes your computer stays on all night long.


Bronwyn July 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Thank you, it already seems to work, hopefully it will get rid of those annoying force shutdowns.


Fred Preston November 14, 2012 at 7:28 am

I have a computer at work and one at home. Both running Windows 7. The one at work will shut down in 15 seconds or less. The one at home goes exactly 12 minutes to shutdown or restart. Went into regedit on both computers and both show WaitToKillServiceTimeout at 12000. I changed the one at home to 1500 and it makes no difference at all. The one at work is still 12000 but shuts down in less than 15 seconds. Why ?


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