Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Improve Windows 7 Shutdown time

Recently my Laptop was taking almost 4 mins to shutdown, which was 

excessive plus annoying.

I carried out the following steps, which improved my shutdown time to mere 

seconds. Note the solution involves editing registry entries, which you do at 

your own risk, so take a backup beforehand.

1. To determine where the issue lay, go to your Control Panel and select 

"Performance Information and Tools".  From the pane on the left select 

Advanced Tools”.

2. From the options that appear select "View performance details in Event 


3.Look for Error and Warnings related to the “Shutdown Performance 

Monitoring” task for more information.Look for Error and Warnings related to 

the “Shutdown Performance Monitoring” task for more information.

In my case, as you can see from the image, my total shutdown time was 

79935ms or 79.935 seconds. Other entries showed over twice this long.

The main point though, is that in this case 69.532 seconds, or 87% of the 

shutdown time was related to the “ShutdownKernelTime”.

4. To resolve this I updated the following registry entries.

(Note:  Update the registry at your own risk. You may want to back it up prior 

to editing it. Run regedit.exe, select FILE, then Export… and then name and 

save the file to your desired location. Ensure the “Export range” Option is set 

to All.)

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control  and 

change the “WaitToKillServiceTimeout” to 1000. Where 1000 represents 1 


Goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Sessio

Manager\Memory Management  and change 

the ClearPageFileAtShutdown data value to 0

You may have to use the registry search (Edit|Find) to see if these Values 

exist at other Key locations and edit accordingly.

If you ever wish to reset the "Clear Page File At Shutdown" Value look here 

After applying these steps my shutdown time went to only a few seconds.


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