Close Running Programs Faster When Shutting Down the PC

Satheesh C B | Thursday, September 18, 2008 | 0 comments

If Windows cannot end a running task when shutting down, it requests the user to do so. This query is redundant in most cases and is not really required since you want to end the respective task anyway.


A registry edit  exclusively suppresses the operating system's query if it cannot end a task while shutting down.For that  Go to ‘Start | Run’, type ‘regedit’ and click ‘OK’. Vista users can   directly enter the command  in  the  search  line  of  the  Start  menu  and  press  [Enter]. Navigate  to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop’ key. The ‘AutoEndTasks’ value is given towards the right side of the window. If it is not given, create it by selecting ‘Edit | New| Character string’ and name the entry ‘AutoEndTasks’. Open it and enter the ‘Value Data’ as ‘1’. Click on ‘OK’ and restart the system


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It  does not reduce the time for which Windows waits until the task ends and thus does not really accelerate the process of system shutdown. Note: To reactivate the query, enter ‘0’ in the ‘AutoEndTasks’ string in the registry or delete the entry.
                                                              For reducing the waiting time to kill tasks go to

‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Control’ key and search for the ‘WaitToKillServiceTimeout’ entry. Enter the desired value here inmilliseconds. So a value of ‘1000’ is equal to 1 second.


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