How To Speed Up Shutdown In Windows 7WaitToKillServiceTimeout Here I will go through how to speed up the Windows 7 shutdown with a few simple clicks. Firstly, if you feel that Windows 7 is pretty slow in shutting down and you want to speed this process up a little then the first thing you should do is make sure you have not been infected with a virus/malware etc. Things like viruses can cause your computer to perform very slow and when shutting down it can take for ever. So to be sure follow one or both of the guides in the links below. http://fixitwizkid.com/threads/guide-do-you-think-you-have-malware-virus.144/ http://fixitwizkid.com/threads/guide-kaspersky-tdsskiller-roots-out-rootkits.2231/ http://fixitwizkid.com/threads/guide-removing-viruses-and-malware-using-superantispyware.6283/ Ok now if you are clean you can do the following. Here I will run through how to set the 'Wait To Kill Service' When shutting Windows 7 down it waits for programs/applications to save data and also waiting for other programs to close before shutting down and sometimes if you haven't closed a program shutting down can take a little longer sometimes. It is recommended that before shutting Windows down that you save all data and close all open programs and applications. Ok, Go to Start and in the search box type in Regedit and Hit Enter Now you should see the Registry Editor Window like the one Below; Now navigate to the following Key; HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control Now in the main windows of the Registry Editor Right Click 'WaitToKillServiceTimeout' and then Select Modify. You will see that the Default Value is set at 12000 which is around 6 Seconds if my calculations are correct. You can change this by Entering a Value between 2000 - 20000 So, here I will Enter 2000 which equates to 2 Seconds to Wait to Kill service Once you have entered your desired Value just Click OK Now you will see from the Main Window of the Registry Editor the 'WaitToKillServiceTimeout' Value has been changed to your desired Value. Well that's it, all done!