The unusual delay in shutting down of the Windows XP is one of the commonly faced problem. You have to wait for a long time to plug the power-cord out or shut the laptop screen down. Almost every user faces this problem until a fresh installation. Though a fresh installation can reduce the time of shutting down, unfortunately, it occurs again after some week or moths.
For a permanent solution, we’ve found some registry tweaks to reduce the time of shutting down in XP and we’ll discuss the detailed guide in this article. As it is about to edit the registry, we recommend to backup the Windows registry to avoid any unwanted damage.
Why does it happen?
Actually the reason behind this annoying behavior of Windows XP is due to one or many applications hanging up to about 20 seconds while the operating system tries to shut down. To solve this problem we have to make changes in the registry editor and so to keep on the safe side it is better to create a backup and then continue with the procedure.
How to Reduce the Shut down time in Windows XP
The first and foremost step in the journey is to go to the ‘Start’ and then click ‘Run’.
In the box that appears, type “regedit” and then click on ‘OK’ to open the registry editor.
Now, navigate to the path
HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel > Desktop.
Search for ‘HungAppTimeout’ and double-click on it. A new window appears. Change the ‘Value data’ from default 5000 to 1000. Once finished click OK.
Similarly change the ‘Value data’ from default 20000 to 1000 for ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’.
Navigate again to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > System > CurrentControlSet > Control and double-click on the ‘WaitToKillServiceTimeout’ item from the right side.
Set the ‘Value data’ to 1000 and click ‘OK’.
Next, we need to edit another option. Navigate to
HKEY_USERS > DEFAULT > Control Panel > Desktop from the left side.
On reaching to that find out HungAppTimeout.
Now, set the ‘Value data’ to 1000 and click OK.
Search for another item called WaitToKillAppTimeout and set the ‘Value data’ to 1000 and click OK.
You’re done. The values set are not mandatory but can be changed according to the will of the user. Next time your Windows XP shuts down it will take much lesser time.
Windows XP is by far one of the most commonly used operating systems even today. The main reason behind this success of XP is its user friendliness and flexibility towards almost all applications round the globe. It supports almost each software and due to all these features it has its immense success today. But each and every invention in this planet has come with both advantages as well as disadvantages and this regard Windows XP is also not an exception. Despite of all its qualities the main thing that annoys the user is that it takes a huge time for shutting down.
Here, we’ve tried to solve this problem and cut your annoyance to this highly successful invention by forcibly making Windows XP to shut down faster than usual.