Have you even encountered slow shutdown problem on Windows 7? Though sometimes, the installation shuts down fine (in around more than several minutes); other times it won’t shut down at all – the Start button doesn’t do anything, neither does Windows Explorer or Task Manager. Here, some guidelines will be discussed on how to quickly shout down Windows 7.
If noticing your Windows 7 suddenly become slow in shutdown, please first check if a particular program is slowing the machine when you shut down, e.g. an antivirus program, driver: go to Control Panel > all Control Panel Items > Performance Information and Tools > Advanced Tools (in the left pane). On this screen the problem is sometimes shown. if not, you should turn to the tips below.
Secondly, for those who are using Windows 7, they will annoy with the popping-up window when shutting down the computer indicating that there are many programs to turn off. you can directly modify this by going Group Policy Editor: just go to Start-> type gpedit.msc and press Enter -> Computer configuration ->Administrative Templates -> System -> Shutdown Options -> double click on Turn off automatic termination of applications that block or cancel and check Enable.
Then open Registry Editor and go to the following location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetContro l, in the right side, please double click on WaitToKillServiceTimeout and change the value Data and click on OK to save your settings.( Note: The value Data should be from 2000 to 20000 Milliseconds. The default will be 12000 Milliseconds). with this simple modification, you will see an improvement on your Windows 7 shutdown speed.
Fourthly, to always avoid Windows 7 slow shutdown issue, you have to regularly defragment your hard drive. this simple process helps to rearrange the files on the disk making them always stay at the same place and much easier to be accessed to, speeding up shutdown speed. just go to Start -> all programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Defragmenter. Note: It is recommended that you can remove the unwanted programs, folders, system junk files from the computer before the disk defragmentation.
Fifthly, bloated or corrupted Windows registry also results in a slow shutdown. The invalid registry items will make the system to move around too much to reach what it exactly needs, hence make the computer shut down slowly. to ensure a quicker shutdown, it is highly recommended that you should regular clear Windows registry to always enjoy a clean and compact registry.