Thread: windows xp, fast shutdown.
February 13th, 2003, 02:32 AM #1
windows xp, fast shutdown.
Supposedly if you enable this hidden feature in Windows Xp, it magically shutsdown the OS faster? How exactly does this feature work? because I don't notice any differences in speed.
thanks in advance.
February 13th, 2003, 03:27 AM #2
Well. If you're talking about the Power Management settings of how your power button responds if pressed, it shuts down your O/S NOW! without having to deal with mousing your way to a shut down.
Or are you talking about registry work on "AutoEndTasks" or HungAppTimeout decreasing the amount of time it takes your system to figure everything should be shut down by now?
February 13th, 2003, 04:51 AM #3
I think the registry one. I downloaded the program xpAntiSpy to disable the messenger service and I saw an option in there to enable fast shutdown.
Just curious as to what processes are sped up. The description in the program says, "If you tell XP to shutdown, this setting can speed up the processes of shutting down".
Why would this be a hidden feature? Why wouldn't MS just enable fast shutdown initially? Or will it cause instability?
February 13th, 2003, 12:39 PM #4
Microsoft actually released a update dealing with slowing down the shutdown process due to the newer drives being very fast.
Did you install that update? This could be the root of your problem. I bypassed that one. It's called something like, Large IDE Drive Shutdown Fix.
February 13th, 2003, 12:42 PM #5
In the registry navigate to:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop directory , then alter the key AutoEndTasks to the value 1.
Note: the key 'AutoEndTasks' might not exist. If not, simply create it with a value of 1. To disable the AutoEndTask feature, simply change the value back to 0.
In addition to this:
By altering a few registry settings, you can dramatically decrease the amount of time it takes for Windows to shut down. To do this, first open up the registry editor and navigate to
Once there, find the value HungAppTimeout and make sure it is set to 5000 (that's the default). Now, in the same folder, look for the value WaitToKillAppTimeout. Set this to 4000 (the default is 20000).
Next, navigate to the folder
and change the value of WaitToKillServiceTimeout to 4000 as well.
If you have a NVidia card, get into Administrative Tools -> Services and then setting the NVidia Driver Help service to Manual.
This is a problem sometimes from what I have read.
February 13th, 2003, 02:02 PM #6
I actually didn't have slow down problems but these tweaks should boost some performance, thanks.
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