December 23, 2017

Enabling Superfast Shutdown in Windows 7

By tweaking the Windows Registry, you can achieve a superfast speed for shutting down your system.

To Open Registry: Press windows +r & type regedit & press enter.


  1. Open the Registry Editor.

  2. In left pane of Registry Editor, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control

  3. In the right pane, right click on WaitToKillServiceTimeout and click on Modify.

  4. Type in a number between 2000-20000 (2-20 seconds) and click on OK. NOTE: The default time is 12000 (12 seconds).

  5. Close regedit.

  6. After rebooting (restart) Windows the new settings will take effect. The time to wait for terminating services will be faster and shutdown won’t drag on forever.

  7. If you have problems with programs from your computer shutting down too quickly, then repeat the above steps and increase the time (Step 4) a bit. . —

Note: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. I cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved.