I have often heard a lot of people complaining about the slowness of their Windows computer. People ask me a lot of questions in this regard. The questions that I come across very often are:
“My computer is slow, how do I restart my PC faster?”
“How do I make my computer shutdown faster?”
“How to speed up my laptop’s shutdown?”
The answer to the above questions depend on a lot of factors. Most of the times people ask such questions because of the slowness experienced while shutting down and restarting a PC.
Today I am going to tell you guys about a very simple Windows registry hack that makes shutting down and restarting your PC faster.
Shutdown your PC faster
1) Press the Win+R key to open Run, type Regedit and hit enter to launch the Registry Editor.
2) Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control. In the right-hand pane, double-click on WaitToKillServiceTimeout. In the ‘Value data’ box you should see a number between 5000 and 20000. This is the number of milliseconds Windows takes to shutdown (5000 = 5 seconds).
I keep it as 5000 for my laptop which works best for me. You can replace the number in the box with 10000, to be on the safer side and click OK.
You will notice a considerable improvement in your PC’s response time when you shut it down after changing the value.
DO NOT enter 0 in the box. This won’t give Windows sufficient time to shut down and can lead to errors. If 10000 is working fine for you, you can try reducing this number gradually to find the sweet spot at which your PC shuts down without any errors. If you encounter errors, use the value where your PC shuts down properly.
This tip to make the shut-down faster can be used in Windows 7, Windows 8 & 8.1. Do try this out and let me know if you face any issues.