How to Shut Down and Restart Your PC Faster

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).

How to Shut Down and Restart your PC faster

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.

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    • says

      Hey Rohan!

      It won’t cause any problem if you set a permissible value. 10000 (10 seconds) is good for starters as it will give sufficient time for Windows to save the changes before shutting down. You can gradually decrease the value and figure out the one that’s best for you.

      Let me know if you need any help :)
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  1. Aarti Agarwal says

    Hi Arpit ,

    Its my First time Visit Your Website , I am Really inspired by Your ideas , Great Information Step by Step Shut Down Restart Pc faster , Amazing Really , i am Using Your Tricks Good Job , Keep it up ,
    have a Great ahead,

  2. says

    Hello Arpit,

    Thanks for the tip! My computer “WaitToKillServiceTimeout” value is currently set to 12000. Now i have changed to 10000, if everything seems smooth will try to reduce even further.

    Thank You!

    • says

      Hi Anuj,

      Yes, shutdown /s can be used to shutdown a PC. However, the use of /f depends on the time-out period denoted by /t.

      If the time-out period is greater than 0, only then you need to use the /f parameter. A very important thing to note here is that when you are using the /f parameter, Windows will force close all the running applications without issuing any warning. This can be dangerous.

      WaitToKillServiceTimeout is a safer bet as it gives time for Windows to save the changes before it shuts down.
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