Does your system take time to shut down due to one reason or the other? Well, there are multiple causes for this but it’s possible to minimize system shutdown time.

Given below is a checklist that can be used to troubleshoot and solve this problem:

1.     Close all running applications and processes

If you give shutdown command to Windows, your PC first closes all the applications and processes that are running that time. So, if you want your system is taking time to shutdown, first close all the applications and processes before you choose to shut down your pc.

2.     Check malfunctioning device drivers or generic drivers:

Often, the malfunctioning and outdated drivers also create problems during system shutdown. You can check whether your system has some problems related with device driver. To do so, go to the Control Panel and select the System tab. Next, click on the Hardware tab on the System tab to display the Device Manager with its list of items. Look for any items that are marked with red exclamation marks and yellow question marks. While red signifies – device is not working, yellow signifies – Windows is using a generic driver instead of a device-specific driver.

To update the driver, right-click on the device entry that needs to be updated and select the Update Driver option. Now, you need to download the updated driver files from the device manufactures website and run the wizard.

3. Disable Terminal Services on your desktop

The terminal services such as remote desktop, remote assistance, and fast user switching etc need to be deactivated on your PC if you don’t need them as they may also cause system slowdown. To do so, click on Start, select Run and type the command services.msc and then press Enter. Once done, double-click on the Terminal Services in the Services window, click stop and then change Startup type to Disabled.

4.     Reduce the shutdown waiting time

When you give the shutdown command, your PC gives a waiting time to all programs to shut down. However, you can reduce the shutdown time by performing few simple steps:

  1. Click on Start menu
  2. Select Run
  3. Type the command regedit and then press Enter to display the Registry Editor window
  4. In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following registry key: 


       5. Double-click on WaitToKillServiceTimeout on the right-pane.

       6. On doing so, you will find a value data field with a default value of 2000.  This means that the default wait time is of two seconds. To lower this value to 1 second, enter 1000 here..

7. Exit the Registry Windows and restart your computer.

 5.     Keep your PC in a hibernating mode

You can keep your PC in a hibernating mode for weeks if everything works well on your pc. Hibernating will allow all information available on the RAM to be written on the disk Before your system turns down. Though both shutdown and hibernating processes are similar, hibernating allows your system to shut down and restart quicker. It also saves you the startup time by displaying all the Windows you worked on before you put your PC in that mode.

6.     Keep your PC free of junk data

You can improve your PCs overall performance by using software like registry cleaner, antivirus, antispyware, Disk Cleanup and Disk Derangement.

By following the checklist provided here, you can surely tackle the slow system shutdown problem. In case you are not able to resolve the issue, you must get in touch with a remote pc repair company to get the problem fixed real-time. An expert pc support company such as can also help you with removal of malware and viruses, hijacked web browser, clean, optimize, and protect your pc and do that anytime that suits you 24×7.