There have been time when I have to wait for atleast 5 minutes for my PC to shut Down so that I could pull the Power Strip.It now takes me at the most 3 second to shut it down. It depends a lot on the System resources and the number of software you have installed on your PC. But here I am not going to tell you to upgrade your PC, buy more RAM or even uninstall all those unnecessary programs. What I am going to show you is a simple trick using which you can Shut down your PC in under 5 seconds.
For Windows Vista users
To decrease the shut down time in Windows Vista, you will need to tweak your Registry entries. It is advisable to first create a back up of your of your computer’s Registry.
Go to Start—>Run—>Type regedit click ok
Now you need to navigate the following key from the left pane
HKEY_CURRENT_USER >> Control Panel >> Desktop
Now you need to double click on WaitToKillAppTimeout key on the right pane of the window Double Click it and change the value to anything between 1000 and 2000. Remember the more less the number, the less time it will take to shut down your PC. When you have completed doing this, click OK.
For windows XP/2000 Users
Quick ShutDown which gives you the ability to quickly shutdown, reboot, hibernate, logoff, standby or lock your computer with a single mouse click. It has an ability of instantly terminating programs that aren’t responding and thus helps in quick shut down.
Download quick shutdown from here
Quickly shutdown, reboot, logoff, hibernate, standby, lock workstation and eject removable media by double-clicking or single-clicking on the program’s icon in the desktray.
Eject removable media at shutdown.
Set hotkeys for shutdown, reboot, logoff, lock, hibernate, standby and media eject.
Optionally terminate programs that are not responding.
Run it on Windows 9x/Me/XP/2000/NT.
Define your own tray icon to be displayed.
Install and uninstall it automatically
It is possible to use Quick Shutdown from the command-line.
Usage: qsd.exe [-f] [-s] [-r] [-l] [-h] [-d] [-k] [-e:x:]
-f – Forces all running applications to exit during the shutdown instead of giving them a chance to gracefully save their data
-s -Shutdown the computer
-r – Reboot the computer
-l – Log off the user
-h – Hibernate the computer
-d – Standby
-k – Lock workstation
-e:x: – Eject drive x
Thats all. Your PC should now Shut down quickly as ever. If you would like to add something I have missed, let me know in the comments below.