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Faster shutdown for Vista/xp

We used to tweak XP to speedup the shutdown time. Actually in Windows Vista we can also apply a little tweak to reduce the ammount of time Vista takes to shutdow/ reboot by doing the following:

Note: Create a system Restore Point before doing anything else. Modifying the registry can cause your system to crash, Use it at your own risk, I am not responsable for any damage this may cause to our system, so create a restore point, backup, etc.

Open Regedit (WINDOWS KEY + R on your keyboard, or by clicking Start/Run) and type “regedit” without quotes.

Navigate to


On the right panel look for the

“WaitToKillServiceTimeout” string and change it value to 1000 by right clicking the string and selecting Modify…

Default Value WaitToKillServiceTimeout=20000
Modified value WaitToKillServiceTimeout=1000


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