Instructions for system tweaks in Vista and Windows 7 don’t always translate well to Windows XP — for example, reducing shutdown delays.
Fortunately, making an XP system power down more quickly isn’t hard, if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide.
Two Registry changes shorten XP shutdowns
Dr. Harold Fenton hit a pothole when trying to reduce his PC’s long shutdown times. He was unable to transfer my Windows 7 instructions (July 11 Top Story) to his Windows XP system.
- “I have Windows XP and went to the sites mentioned in the article. But I couldn’t find, or rather became bewildered by, all the foreign (to me) terms. Is it possible we could see a step-by-step schedule for Windows XP like the one shown for Windows 7?”
You bet, Harold!
Here’s how to reduce shutdown delays in XP:
- Click the Start button, type regedit in the Run box, and press Enter.
- When Regedit opens, find and select Hkey_Current_User\Control Panel\Desktop in the left-hand pane.
- In the right pane, double-click AutoEndTasks and change its default value from 0 (shown in Figure 1) to 1. Press OK.
- In the same right-hand pane, find and double-click WaitToKillAppTimeout, as shown in Figure 2. Change its default value from a sluggish 20,000 milliseconds (20 seconds) to a lower value, such as 10,000 milliseconds (10 seconds). You can adjust this timeout value up or down, as experience dictates.