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Thread: Shutdown tweak...can't find the registry values mentioned




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    When I try to change the registry to make the shutdown time faster, as in the tip given here:

    "Open up REGEDIT and goto "HKCURRENTUSER\Control Panel\Desktop\" and set the key "HungAppTimeout" to 5000(which is default) and make "WaitToKillAppTimeout"
    4000 (20000 is default).

    Also, go to "HKLOCALMACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Contr ol\" and set the key "WaitToKillServiceTimeout" to 4000 too."

    I can't change the registry values because my registry does not have HungAppTimeout or WaitToKillAppTimeout in HKCURRENTUSER\Control Panel\Desktop\

    I did find them both in HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

    Does anybody know if that will work as well? Or, since I don't have those two values in HKEY_LOCALMACHINE, will my shutdown time be fast regardless, since there is no value of 20000?

    Thx for the help!

    P.S.: Sorry for the reposting of this, but I don't think anybody saw my other post on this topic.

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    Um possibly something messed up in your registry? I have both those in HKeyCURRENTUSER\Control Panel\Desktop\. You are running Windows XP right? Cause I'm not sure for a fact but that might only be for XP users only. However I do remember it saying in the tweak guide that if its not there then create it. But I didn't tweak my system and they are there set for 20000 and 5000 as default.

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    i tweaked mine and now shutdown takes longer.
    changing those values is telling windows to prematurely terminate services which may just need a tad more time to shut down properly. those values are set the way they are for a reason.
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    well there is one thing that I noticed about those. Is for example the one that automatically shuts down non responding programs? That would DEFINITLY make windows shut down time longer because it would be constantly checking for non responding programs even when there is nothing going on wrong.

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    If you can't do it via the registry, download Cacheman and use it to change these settings (as well as other cache tweaks).

    These settings do work, and in most cases make shutdown almost instant. If they're slowing down your shutdown then there's something else going awry in your system.

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    Well what exactly do mean by instant? As in Start.......shutdown.........ok.........powers down? as in no kachunk kachunk kachunk? My shut down is about 5 seconds on average. I was running your tweaks (your wrote those tweaking guides part one and 2 right?) for a few months and evaluating them thinking that it made it better but I wasn't so sure. Shutting down I don't think had a major affect but starting up I noticed things did in fact run faster but you needed to reboot more often cause ram would get hogged up I only have 256MB though. Start up was a little slower do to those tweaks as well. Wait no i think they were faster with the amount of blue things that went by. THen again I'm not sure.......

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    You've got to be careful though. My computer shuts down toofast, and I'll occasionally get an error the next time I start up. Birdkiller checked out the error for me and that's basically what it was. And my shutdown is still set to defaults, I haven't tweaked it or anything.

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    ya....5 seconds is tolerable eh?

    or you could be like my brother and request a cancel button he claims he "accidently" shuts down windows lol

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    yeah, microsoft have a patch out to actually delay the shut down process for some systems that shutdown too fast, if you shut down too fast then the HDD controller may not get time to finish writing data to the disk
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    Well, I did what I could by changing the one value my registry had. I think (not positive because I didn't time it before making the change) it does shut down faster than it used to, just based on me counting one-one thousand, etc.

    I could change the one registry value back, and then time it both ways with a stop watch, but I don't feel like it. My computer runs fine now with the values it is at. However, that said, my shutdown time is about 11 seconds (I have timed it with a stop watch after changing the value, just not before). So, I'm not getting the unbelievably quick 4 second shutdown time that some people are getting.

    There is one thing I think that a lot of people could do (at least if you have XP Pro rather than Home). I saw a tweak somewhere that stops the computer from saving the settings upon shutdown. I bet that would take off quite a few seconds. I think the website where I saw it said you have to have it save the settings you want, then disable that making shutdown quick, and then if you ever want to save your settings again (if you changed them for example) you'd have to re-enable the feature that saves the settings, save it once, then disable it again.

    I haven't tried that myself.

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