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PostSubject: Faster Boot & Shut Down Tricks   Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:36 pm


When you start to shut down Windows XP, it has to quit, or "kill," any live applications or processes
that are currently running. So close all applications first. However, some applications and processes
are always running in the background. You can reduce the amount of time that Windows XP waits for those
applications and processes to close before Windows XP kills them.

1. Open registry editor

2. Navigate to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop. Set the WaitToKillAppTimeout and set the value
to 1000. Select the HungAppTimeout\newline value and set it to 1000 as well.

3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control. Select the WaitToKillServiceTimeout
value and set it to 10000.

4. Close the Registry Editor.


Note: For modification involves registry, you can modify the registry value by using Registry Editor, which can be started by typing “regedit” in Start -> Run box, or by pressing Windows + R buttons.

Reduce the wait time for services to be killed

As mentioned above, Windows will wait for the services to shutdown and kill themselves after notifying the running services to shut down. If not, Windows will wait for the timeout and start killing the still running services. You can reduce the wait time for Windows to kill the persistent services.

Navigate to the following registry branch:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control

On the right pane, double click on ‘WaitToKillServiceTimeout’ or right click on it and choose modify. Change the default value of WaitToKillServiceTimeout of 20000 to lesser value, such as 5000 or even 1000, depending on your preference.

When the value of WaitToKillServiceTimeout expires, the system notifies the user that the service has not stopped, and prompt the user with option to force the service task to stop or continue to wait.

Reduce the wait time for user processes and applications to be killed

As with services, Windows will also wait for a while, depending on WaitToKillAppTimeout setting, before starting to shut down and kill open applications and user processes when the user want to shutdown, restart or log off. The wait time or time out can be reduced to speed up the shutdown process.

Navigate to the following registry branch:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

On the right pane, double click on WaitToKillAppTimeout (or right click on the registry key and select Modify), and enter a new value which is less than the default value of 20000. The value can be 1000 or 5000 or any other numeric value, depending on your preference. When the WaitToKillAppTimeout registry entry timeout or expires, the End Task dialog box appears, stating that the process did not respond, and allowing user to End the task.

On the right pane also, double click on HungAppTimeout (or right click on the registry key and select Modify) and change the value to less numerical value than 5000 (default value), e.g. 1000. HungAppTimeout specifies how long the system waits for user processes to end after the user clicks the End Task command button in Task Manager or after the user has selected to restart or shutdown the system.

Then navigate to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop\ registry branch, and do the same as above to change and modify the value of WaitToKillAppTimeout and HungAppTimeout registry keys.

Automatically end, terminate and kill user processes or tasks on shutdown or logoff

Even if you have set the HungAppTimeout registry entry to a very low value, what happen is that when HungAppTimeout time out due to a hung applications or unable to terminate tasks or not responding to the end task request, it will prompt user with a End Task dialog box to ask if user wish to end the process. By changing to the value of registry key AutoEndTasks to 1, we can ask Windows to end all processes that timeout when shut down or log out from Windows automatically, without asking for user input or interaction. Default value of the key is 0, which mean no user processes will end automatically.

AutoEndTasks is located at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop registry branch.



Reduce wait time after XP boots

If your computer is not attached to a home network:

- Right click on my computer and select manage.

- Expand services and applications and select services to open the services window.

- Highlight the workstation service, right click and select properties.

- Set the startup type dropdown box to disabled. Click ok.

Note that you will need to re-enable the workstation service should you wish to network your PC in the future.

If your computer is part of a home network:

Go to start\control panel\network and internet connections\network connections.

- Right click your current network connection (should be local area connection unless you have more than one network adaptor) and select properties.

- Uncheck the File and Print Sharing box and press ok.

Note that this will disable your computer’s ability to share files and printers over the network, though it should not affect your ability to access such resources on another system.
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