How to speedup shutdown in Windows 8

If you have used Windows 7 previously then you would have noticed that it takes long time for shutdown process, but it is bit faster in Windows 8 compared to Windows 7 version. Generally, Windows shutdown is quicker than the bootup process. Whenever you shout down your Windows PC, Windows will request all the services that are running in background to stop and then Windows will shutdown gracefully. Some apps and services will not respond to the Windows request, in such conditions Windows will kill all those services that are misbehaving such that the system can shutdown.

If you are using an old computer, then it will take longer to kill the process or services running in background, so the shutdown process may take longer than usual. If you are the one who is  suffering from slow shutdown process, then here are the tips to speedup the shutdown process in Windows 8.

How to speedup shutdown in Windows 8

  • Press Win+R keys to launch RUN dialog box and type regedit and press enter to open the Windows Registry editor.
  • In the registry editor navigate to the following key and here find WaitToKillServiceTimeout key in the right side pane.
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControl


  • Here the default value is set to 5000, which means that Windows will have to wait for 5 seconds before killing any service.
  • Double click on the key to change the value and set the vale to 2000 and click on the OK button to save the changes. Changing the value to 2000 means that we are changing the timeout from five seconds to two seconds.
  • Now navigate to the below key and and find WaitToKillServiceTimeOut key in the right side pane.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Desktop
  • Now double click on the key and set the value to 2000 and click on OK to save the changes.
  • Now find HungAppTimeout key in the same screen and double click on it. If the key doesn’t exists then, create a new one with the same name by right clicking on the empty space and select New > String value.
  • Here change the value to 2000 and click on OK to save the changes.

That’s it, this is how to reduce the shutdown time in Windows. You might think to lower the value to 1000 to still reduce the Windows shutdown time, but this not recommended because this may cause problems on your Windows PC. To configure Windows to auto end the tasks without any prompts, then find the key AutoEndTasks in the same panel and double click and change its value to 1.

If you are using Windows 8 then you might not notice any changes in the shut down time, but if you are using Windows 7 or Vista then this method will reduces the shutdown time of your PC.

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