Ease Windows XP shutdown issues



May 30th, 2005

Do you find that your Windows XP installation doesn't shut down properly? Does it take a long time or do you find that applications won't close properly?

If so, then here are three registry tweaks that should help.

  1. Start - Run, then type Regedit
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\
    Session Manager\Memory Management
  3. Edit the DWORD called ClearPageFileAtShutdown. Set it to decimal1 to prevent pagefile clearing. This can be a very lengthy process.
  4. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\
    Control
  5. Edit the string value called WaitToKillServiceTimeout. Set it to decimal1000 from 20000. This decreases the system wait time for killing services from 20 seconds down to 1.
  6. Navigate to HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop
  7. Edit the string value called AutoEndTasks. Set it to decimal 1 to force the shutting down of tasks and applications.
  8. Reboot

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