Monday, January 10, 2011

How to Speed Up Your Computer

   I'm going to show you how to speed up your computer shutdown time signficantly.  This is for Windows Xp but should also work for Windows 7. First, open the registry editor.  To do this on windows XP, click start, run, then type in "regedit" in the box and click ok.  for Windows 7, click start -> search ->and type in "regedit". 
Disclaimer: only edit what i tell you to edit, do not edit anything else unless you what you are doing. Editing the wrong items will mess up your computer!

   First, we are going to edit the amount it that windows xp waits before kill open applications when the press the "shutdown" button.  to do this, go to "HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop".  then double click "‘WaitToKillAppTimeout" and change the to 1000.  double click "HungAppTimeout" and change that value to 1000.

    Next, we are going to make it so Windows auto kills active applications.  this is very helpful, for example, when you press alt+ctrl+dlt to use the task manager to kill a non-responsive program, you will be prompted to confirm the killing off that app, by doing this, once you click "end process" that process will be killed immediately.  moreover, sometimes when you shut down your computer and walk away thinking that it has been shut down and come back 30 mins later to find that the computer is still on and you see a promt to"kill active applications", this is very annoying.  by enabling auto kill tasks, windows will automatically kill such apps.
to do this, double click "AutoEndTasks" and change the value to 1.

    The next step is to do this for every account on the computer, what we just did above was for your current account, we want to make it so that every account on the computer will shut down fast.  to do this, navigate to"HKEY_USERS.DEFAULTControl PanelDesktop" and change "‘WaitToKillAppTimeout" and "HungAppTimeout" to 1000 and "AutoEndTasks" to 1.  this should enable this tweak for every account.
   Finally, go to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetControl" and double click "WaitToKillServiceTimeout" and change the value to 1000. 

Restart your computer and next time you shutdown, it should be much faster.
check out this video if you want  to see how to do it:

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