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Do you find your PC shut down very slowly, making you very annoyed? Then you may want to make shutdown faster. Is there any way to increase shutdown speed in Windows 10? Take it easy, and here we will walk you through four common methods to speed up shutdown time.

Windows Slow Shutdown

Speed is the most important factor to measure computer performance for some Windows 10 users. Basically, Windows 10 can power off at a reasonable speed, which can save your some valuable time.

However, for some reasons, for example, the Windows operating system takes some time to close programs or stop running processes, some services delay the shutdown, Windows clears page files during the shutdown process, etc., then the computer will take longer to shut down than it usually takes.

If you are used to leaving only when the computer is turned off, this can really challenge your patience, letting you fairly upset. How to increase shutdown speed? We will list four common methods for you in the following part.

4 Ways to Speed up Shutdown Time in Windows 10

Way 1: Create a Shutdown Shortcut

To speed up shutdown time in Windows 10, you can also create a shutdown shortcut to immediately power off the operating system.

Step 1: Right-click on the blank area in the Windows Desktop, choose New > Shortcut.

Step 2: Type Shutdown.exe -s -t 00 in the text box, type Next and Finish. If you want to shut down the PC, click this shortcut.

create shutdown shortcut

Way 2: Change Your WaitToKillServiceTimeout Value

Windows itself tries to properly close all open applications and background services before shutdown and Windows will wait for a few seconds to finish closing the running processes. Usually, Windows waits for five seconds.

But when you install some applications, the time is changed to more than 5 seconds so that apps can have extra time to clean things up at shutdown. To speed up shutdown time, you can choose to edit the Windows Registry key.

Tip: Changing Windows Registry is risky since improper operations can cause Windows to be unbootable. Thus, you should back up your registry before editing the key.

Step 1: Hold on Windows and R keys at the same time to launch the Run window.

Step 2: Type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

Step 3: Go to this key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control.

Step 4: Double-click on the WaitToKillServiceTimeout key and set its value data from 5000 to 2000 (means 2 seconds).

change WaitToKillServiceTimeout

Step 5: Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop.

Step 6: Choose New > String Value to create created 2 “REG_SZ” values.

Step 7: Name one as HungAppTimeout and give it a value of 2000. Then, name another key as WaitToKillAppTimeOut and set its value data to 2000.

Step 8: Exit Windows Registry Editor and restart your computer.

All these operations can decrease the time that Windows will wait for applications and services.

Way 3: Turn off Page File at Shutdown

To keep PC secure, you can choose to clear page file every time you power off your PC, but this may take some time to perform a shutdown. To increase shutdown speed, disable page file by following the guide:

Step 1: Run Windows Registry Editor (as mentioned above).

Step 2: Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management.

Step 3: Double-click on ClearPageFileAtShutdown and set the value data to 0.

disable page file at shutdown

Way 4: Disable Clear Virtual Memory Page File at Shutdown

If Windows clear virtual memory page file at shutdown, Windows slow shutdown will occur. So, turn this setting off.

Step 1: Type secpol.msc in the Run box and click OK.

Step 2: Go to Local Policies > Security Options > Shutdown: Clear virtual memory pagefile and disable it.

dsiable clear virtual memory pagefile

Now, four methods to speed up shutdown time are introduced to you. Please try them to increase shutdown speed if Windows takes much time to turn off.

Tip: In addition to the slow shutdown, perhaps your computer runs very slowly. In this case, you may need to speed up Windows. Here, this related article - How to Speed up Windows 10 (Step-by-Step Guide with Pictures) is useful for you.
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