Friday, August 13, 2010

Windows XP - Speed up shutdown - WaitToKillServiceTimeout

Manually changing the WaitToKillServiceTimeout in Registry in Windows XP

By changing WaitToKillServiceTimeout will help Windows XP kill services faster during the shutdown process which might also cause data loss. Sometimes applications need more time to save data or unload stuff from memory. I normally close out all applications before hitting shutdown to avoid any data loss of programs.

To change the key value:

1. Open the Start Menu.

2. In the search box, type regedit and press Enter.

3. In regedit, go to:

4. In the right pane, right click on WaitToKillServiceTimeout and click on Modify. (

5. Type in a number between 2000-20000 (2-20 seconds) and click on OK.
NOTE: The default time is 12000. I use 2000 (2 seconds) and have not had any problems. Your experience may vary.

6. Close regedit.
NOTE: If you have problems with programs from your computer shutting down to quickly, then repeat the above steps and increase the time (step 5) a bit.


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